Matthew 3:1-12, Isaiah 11:1-10
Dear Partner in Preaching,
What do you think: Is there any chance we can reclaim the value of the word “repentance” this Advent? Or, for that matter, Advent itself?
Here’s why I ask. I’m guessing that most of our folks assume repentance means saying you’re sorry. Or better, that you’re really, really sorry and will never do it – whatever “it” is – again. And, sure, that’s a part of repentance but, honestly, a pretty small part.
As you know, the heart of the word repentance means turning around, starting over, taking another direction, choosing another course. All of those actions by their...