This evening I’ve spent some time working on Sunday’s sermon. Appropriate for Advent, the sermon focuses on the incarnation, God taking on human form. Less appropriately perhaps, I’ve titled the sermon, “A Profane Christmas.” My hope is to show how the birth of Jesus ought first to offend before it comforts us. These sentences from Karl Rahner in Watch for the Light capture this idea well.
You have clothed yourself in the form of a slave. You, the hidden God, have been found as one of us. You have quietly and inconspicuously taken your place in our ranks and marched along with us.
If you’re in Chicago and need a place to worship on Sunday then I hope you’ll stop by New Community at 11:00.