Christmas on Mt. Mystic Christmas/Advent

A Christmas Escape

For me, Advent is a season tinged with awe and wonder, and the enemy is the tyranny of less important time commitments that steal all our time and prevent us from staring at the lights on the Christmas tree, pondering the Star of Bethlehem, imagining ourselves into the shoes of the shepherds and wise men, Mary and Joseph, and rediscovering the childlike wonder of the season.

Hey KH readers!

I will be taking a break from my regular blogging routine during the season of Advent. First, I just need a break. Second, my college classes are eating much of my time. Third, the holidays are a busy and exhausting season in general.

However, I am working on an Advent sermon series that I hope to share bits and pieces on here if and when they come together. The sermon series aims to be an imaginative look at the Incarnation in the light of the Transfiguration on the Mountain in Luke 9.

I want my congregation to climb that mysterious mountain each week together, and see if we can’t find some of that “magic” awaiting us this Christmas season. My sermons will include a fictional account of a woman named Amanda who experienced her own strange mountaintop escape that left her changed. Stay tuned!

For me, Advent is a season tinged with awe and wonder, and the enemy is the tyranny of less important time commitments that steal all our time and prevent us from staring at the lights on the Christmas tree, pondering the Star of Bethlehem, imagining ourselves into the shoes of the shepherds and wise men, Mary and Joseph, and rediscovering the childlike wonder of the season.

For this reason, my sermon series often have a theme of “escape” — to the cabin, to the mountain, to the rooftop — to anywhere we might have a better view of the light that has pierced the darkness and snuck into our neighborhoods in the boy in the manger.

I invite you to fight the Tyrant of busyness this holiday season with me and find your own way to the mountain or manger where you can once again hear and feel, taste and touch, the magic of the Greatest Story Ever Told.

So, expect less frequent posts over the coming weeks, but look also (hopefully) for some excerpts from my series Christmas on Mount Mystic.

Happy Advent!

Jeremy

Dr. Jeremy Berg is the founding and Lead Pastor of MainStreet Covenant Church in Minnetonka Beach, MN, where he has served since 2010. He an Adjunct Professor of Theology at North Central University (Minneapolis) and Professor of Bible & Theology at Solid Rock Discipleship School. Jeremy earned a doctorate in New Testament Context under Dr. Scot McKnight at Northern Seminary. He and his wife, Kjerstin, have three kids, Peter, Isaak and Abigail.

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