11:00 am Service – Sex, Sin, and the Birth of Jesus


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The nativity story is surrounded by hints of scandal: an untimely and possibly out-of-wedlock birth, a teenage mother who speaks of her “humiliation,” an infant who will later be identified (by the gospel writer Mark) as “son of Mary” rather than as Jesus ben Joseph, the more typical manner of referring to the son of a Jewish father. In this sermon, Gary explores ancient categories of sex, sin, shame and gender whose distortions continue to trouble our modern world and illuminates the potentially liberating message of Christmas.

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