When the Rev. Dr. Amy Butler preached this sermon in 2015 she was the Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City, and we recorded it in the fellowship hall on a chilly December morning. These days she is the interim pastor of the Community Church of Honolulu, Hawai’i; the newly published author of Beautiful and Terrible Things, her memoir; and the Founder of Invested Faith, a non-profit that helps churches at the end of their institutional life live on in new and creative ways. Her sermon from John 1 is called, “A Timeless Christmas,” and it has a quality that will make it good news whenever you hear it. (Plus, she ends with a story about violinist Joshua Bell that will stay with you forever).
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