The Anchor || Dr. Jeremy Berg
By Dr. Jeremy Berg
The Anchor || Dr. Jeremy BergDec 27, 2022
Two Stars: Christmas Sermon
"Christmas on Mount Mystic," Part 2
This is part two of a series of Advent reflections based on Jeremy’s 2021 sermon series contemplates the glory of the Manger in light of the mystery of the Transfiguration. Join Amanda, tired mother at the end of her rope, as she escapes to her Uncle Eli’s mountain cabin the week before Christmas. Prepare to be blinded by the light, swept up into an ancient Story, enveloped by a mysterious Cloud, encounter strange visitors, and be led along by the Voice and a the Morning Star.
8. Holy Huddle (Meditation)
9. Mysterious Cloud (Journal #4)
10. Are You Awake? (Meditation)
11. Morning Star (Journal #5)
12. Two Stars (Christmas Eve Sermon)
Afterword: Who is Amanda?
Postscript: Confession & Apology
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"Christmas on Mount Mystic," Part 1
This is part one of a series of Advent reflections based on Jeremy’s 2021 sermon series contemplates the glory of the Manger in light of the mystery of the Transfiguration. Join Amanda, tired mother at the end of her rope, as she escapes to her Uncle Eli’s mountain cabin the week before Christmas. Prepare to be blinded by the light, swept up into an ancient Story, enveloped by a mysterious Cloud, encounter strange visitors, and be led along by the Voice and the Bright Morning Star.
2. Arrival (Journal #1)
3. Seeing the Kingdom (Meditation)
4. Dazzling Light (Journal #2)
5. Blinded By the Light (Meditation)
6. He Chose Us! (Meditation)
7. Unexpected Visitor (Journal #3)
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95. When Life Knocks You Down
A word for when life has knocked you down and laid you out flat. Lessons from a dying man in Acts 7. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
92. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 9: Blessed is the Prince of Peacemakers
We conclude our Beatitudes of Bethlehem series with Jeremy's Christmas eve sermon from 2020 during lock-down. Come hear about a restless pastor swearing in a Holiday Gas Station parking lot, a stunned and confused prison guard, and a jailbird radiating a deep peace in middle of miserable circumstances. May we all discover the secret to deep and abiding peace amidst life's storms. Merry Christmas!
91. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 8: Blessed are the Horoscope Readers
What does it mean to be "pure in heart"? This episode looks at the hearts of the magi that led them to seek and find Christ through the most unlikely route. More at KingdomHarbor.com.
90. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 7: Blessed are the Speechless
In this episode we look at "Blessed are the Merciful" and Zechariah's speechlessness before God's scandalous mercy. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
89. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 6: Blessed Are the Fed Up
In this episode we discuss being "hangry" for God's justice to reign, looking at "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice" and Simeon who embodied such a hunger. Let us be thankful and more compassionate toward those among us who seem always "fed up" with all the evil and oppression taking place in our world. Their "hanger" reveals the heart of God and the heart of the prayer, "Thy Kingdom come!" More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
88. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 5: Blessed Are the Underachievers
While our culture blesses the winners and overachievers, Jesus' Kingdom celebrates and elevates the humble losers and perpetually passed-over. This episode unpacks "Blessed are the Meek" and explores God's choice of Mary through whom to bring his Kingdom into the world. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
87. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 4: Blessed are the Emotional Wrecks
Jeremy explains his tendency to rain on people's desire for a happy and sentimental Christmas eve service, for example when he preached on the slaughter of the children of Bethlehem one Christmas eve that probably took many visitors by surprise (and never to return!). Why does Jeremy do this? Answer: It has something to do with the second beatitude. More at KingdomHarbor.com.
86. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 3: Blessed are the Poor Shepherds
We look at the first beatitude - "Blessed are the poor" - and ponder the shepherds and other outcasts who stand at the heart of Jesus' upside-down Kingdom revolution. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
85. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 2: Climbing Companions
In this episode, Jeremy invites us to join Jesus on the Mount of Beatitudes this Advent, becoming his "climbing companions," and pondering who is truly blessed among us. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
84. Beatitudes of Bethlehem 1: Garage Roof Epiphany
This is part 1 of a series of reflections on how the nature of Jesus' upside-down Kingdom was anticipated in the unlikely cast of characters in the Nativity Story. Enjoy! More at www.jeremyberg.org.
83. Christmas on Mount Mystic
Join us this Advent Season for our series called, "Christmas on Mount Mystic" where we're explore the Incarnation in the light of the Transfiguration. Jeremy is creating a fictional backstory to this sermon series featuring a weary woman named Amanda who is in need of a vacation before she has a meltdown at a family holiday gathering. She gets an invitation from her great uncle Eli to spend an extended retreat at their cabin on Mount Mystic. But this will be no ordinary escape, and Mount Mystic will live up to its name. Today's episode gives a little teaser. Join us Sundays at 5PM at MainStreet Covenant Church @ St Martin's By the Lake beginning Nov. 28.
82. The Chosen 8: Jesus Was Here
Some thoughts on the season one finale of The Chosen including Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, Nicodemus's conflicted soul, and the healing of Simon Peter's mother-in-law. Jeremy shares some thoughts from his Israel trip on standing, supposedly, next to the remains of that first century house where Jesus did wonders. May our ordinary homes today become monuments to Jesus' presence and healing power as we welcome him into our homes. Thanks for joining us for this series. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
80. The Chosen 7: The Earnest Spiritual Seeker
In episode 7 of season one of The Chosen Nicodemus finally gets his meeting with Jesus. This famous conversation found in John 3 reveals a heart that is open and curious about Jesus and his Kingdom. How about us? Do we share Nicodemus's awe and wonder at Jesus and what he's up to in the world? What questions would you ask if given a private meeting with Jesus? Let this episode lead us each to our own prayerful conversation with him this week. And let us ask Jesus, by the Spirit, to open our eyes and let his life-giving spirit blow through our lives. More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
79. The Sins of Our Fathers
Jeremy wades into some rough waters by exploring the defensive posture of many today who bristle at the thought of taking responsibility for and confessing the sins of our nation's forefathers. Such "rugged individualism" is out of step with a biblical worldview. Jeremy blows the whistle on the hypocrisy of those who want to claim the victories and blessings of people who lived long before us, but who don't want to own any of the sin and evil committed by our ancestors. If we want to claim Christ's accomplishment on our behalf 2,000 years ago, we need to also take responsibility for Adam's sin passed down to us. Christians, of all people in the world, should be the quickest to confess and own our sin, because we believe in a loving and gracious God who forgives. Or don't we? More at www.KingdomHarbor.com.
78. Sipping Grape Juice with the 'Dead'
Jeremy offers some thoughts on the significance and meaning of All Saints Day, and how many Protestants have neglected this topic and/or have a diminished view of the Communion of the Saints.