December 16, 2018

C03: The Third Sunday of Advent, Year C (2018)

Ryan Ahlgrim

Rev. Ryan Ahlgrim is Pastor of First Mennonite Church in Richmond, Virginia. He begins this week’s sermon from Luke 3:7-18 by taking an inventory of his coat collection.  “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none,” says John the Baptist.  But Ryan Ahlgrim has at least ten coats in his closet.  Should he give away nine?  Five?  Three?  Later in the sermon Ahlgrim asks, “How does John the Baptist tell us to prepare for the Messiah?” He says that the answer is “to share all the extra you have with those who don’t have.” What would that look like in a multi-coat society?  What would it look like for you?

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