Every Sunday in Puyallup, Washington, USA, Rev. Nancy C. Gowler offers a fresh and imaginative take on Scripture, current events, and faith in her sermons. Here we share those sermons with you.
Posts Tagged: John the Baptist
In our gospel reading, John the Baptist becomes a political prisoner, having been thrown in jail for preaching against the against the rule of Herod Antipas. And Jesus picks up and moves from the village of Nazareth to the larger fishing town of Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. In doing so,… Read more
Noticeably absent from nativity creches, nevertheless John the Baptist plays a prominent role in Advent. His distinct style, intentionally hearkening back to the prophets of old, shocks us into attention with its strangeness. Get ready! Be prepared to change your way of thinking about everything–your comfortable worldview is about to be turned upside down, for… Read more
As the crowds gather around John the Baptist at the Jordan River in expectation, a lone figure joins them. Not standing apart, nor calling attention to himself, but rather waiting his turn in line to be baptized. Listen as Pastor Nancy explores the question–what does it mean when Jesus stands shoulder to shoulder with us?