Choices abound this week when it comes to sermon texts. We have Isaiah's wonderful image of the Righteous Ruler springing up from the root of Jesse, setting wrongs aright and bringing peace and justice to the nations.
We have Paul pointing the church in Rome to these ancient prophecies, telling the Gentiles who've been drawn to Jesus (which, by extension includes most of us) ":Look -- these words are for you too."
And then there's the Gospel account of John the Baptist, preparer of the way, afflicting the spiritually comfortable while comforting the afflicted with the promise of the Messiah.
(How) do these texts speak to you this week? Or will you be going off the lectionary? As always, we look forward to hearing about your insights and conundrums as you pray and plan your way to Sunday.