The following sermon was preached at South City Church on December 17, 2017. In anticipation of Christmas, it explores the theme of Christ’s incarnation, based out of Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 8:9.
The following sermon was preached at South City Church on January 1, 2017. It is a Christmas sermon exploring the theme of Christ’s incarnation utilizing the work of the Athanasius (296-373).
Lutheran Satire strikes again.
Christmas is a time of celebration, a time to celebrate the wonder of the incarnation (the becoming human) of God. But, with this, it is also a time for those dealing with sorrow, for those who suffer.
The world into which Christ was born was, and still is, a world wrecked with tragedy and pain. And we can look back across the course of our own lives, even just the world events of the past week, and know this.
The “Christmas story” itself witnesses to this, as young children are slaughtered at the hands of Herod; and the gospel writer, Matthew, echoes the sin-caused exilic woes — the exile Jesus was born to end, mind you — penned by Jeremiah,
“A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
Jesus himself, as a child, entered into this suffering, as a refugee fleeing to Egypt. And of course, this incarnational participation in our suffering climaxes at the cross, where Christ bears the burden for all who trust in him.
We truly do have a high priest who is able to sympathize.
Christmas is for the sorrowful.
from Kirk and Ann Miller
Greetings from Deerfield, IL. This past year has been exciting and busy!
At the beginning of this year, Kirk began his new role at Trinity’s library as a reference librarian. He assists the library in purchasing new Biblical and theological works, writes research guides for the website, helps masters students, PhD students, and professors do research and writing, and began a new forum for students and faculty to have discussions on key Biblical and theological issues with leading scholars.
This Spring Kirk had the opportunity to do a study tour of Israel thanks to his parents, Jeff and Lisa.
Kirk continues his involvement at Lake Drive Baptist Church. He had the opportunity to attend a pastors’ conference with the church leadership in the spring. He finished teaching a series to the teens in the spring on the Bible’s overarching storyline, helped lead an adult small group, taught a series in the summer on the Gospel, had the privilege of preaching twice, and is currently finishing up a series with the adults on how to study the Bible. He also administrates the church’s teen ministry, website, social media, and sound.