Today is the second Sunday in Advent, and with it comes a message that combines the lectionary selections from Isaiah (11:1-10), Romans (15:4-13) and Matthew (3:1-12). The Isaiah passages capture an expectation for the coming of God’s righteous teacher, whom generations of Christians have interpreted as referring to Jesus or John the Baptist. It is far from conclusive that these later historical figures were on Isaiah’s mind, but that isn’t the point. Whoever is this messiah-like figure, Isaiah narrates how the leader will usher a magnificent age of blessed spiritual peace. That we should purpose with Isaiah to achieve a more peaceful world is aRead More →