The Rt. Rev. Nicholas Knisely, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, previously served as a priest in Delaware, Western and Eastern Pennsylvania, and as dean of the cathedral in Phoenix, AZ. He earned undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn., studied at the University of Delaware in cosmology and solid-state physics, then earned his theological degrees from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. He is the author of several books including Lent Is Not Rocket Science: An Exploration of God, Creation, and the Cosmos.
“Lighten Our Darkness, Lord Jesus,” Knisely’s sermon for Dec. 8, is drawn from Matthew 3:1-12, in which we are introduced to a fierce John the Baptist, and the comforting vision of the peaceable kingdom in Isaiah 11:1-10. He says, “It was on a mild early December day, when I was serving a church in Bethlehem, Pa., America’s Christmas city, that I had an epiphany that suddenly helped me make sense of the tension between joy at the coming of the King and the need to soberly prepare for the coming of Jesus in the clouds.”
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