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Becoming fire: Advent, James Baldwin, and Abba Joseph

December 7th, 2010 by isaac · No Comments

This past Sunday I preached a sermon on Jesus and fire: “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matt 3:11). Here’s an excerpt:

Jesus comes with a fire of justice that burns through the systems that have created a class of people called “the poor.” With Jesus, the one who comes with fire, all of those institutions go up in flames—whether they are economic policies or political orders. Because there’s a new world coming: “In his days,” says the Psalmist, “may righteousness/justice flourish and peace abound.”

Jesus has come to burn through the world of sin we have created in order to make room for new life. Advent is a season to make an opening in our lives and in the world for the fire of God—the same fire that came into the world at the first Christmas: that we may be consumed with the same fire, that we may burn with the life of Jesus, the one who is God’s fire made flesh.


For the rest of it, follow this link to my church website: Becoming Fire.

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