Dear Maven

Many years ago, February 18, 2018, you were baptized into the faith of Jesus Christ.  Your parents have done this for you by virtue of their commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  They have expressed their faith in Jesus Christ and promised to live in such a way that you would come to learn of that faith by their example.  Not by their words, but by their example.  You’ll have questions and they can address those or send you to a pastor to help with those questions.   And on this day, I had the privilege of being the person that conducted your baptism. 

Cleansing

Let me begin this morning by asking you all a series of questions. I don’t expect an answer, just that you would consider the questions. Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If so, how are you doing with it? It has now been a little over 6 weeks. Have you slipped away from those great intentions?

Signposts to the Kingdom

Today’s gospel reading is the prologue to John’s entire gospel, a gospel John wrote for the express purpose of producing faith in us that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God, the eternally-begotten Son of his Father, a faith that allows us to be adopted by his Father through the grace and truth displayed in the life of Jesus, as John illustrates that fact by going on to describe and reflect on seven signs that he selects from among the countless, daily signs he could have chosen of Jesus’ unique relationship to his Father and his mission of salvation for all on earth.