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Sermons

Season after Pentecost – June 10, 2018

This is a story that illustrates what I love about the Gospels: we paint them into corners of being black and white, with an obvious moral, but when we take a closer look at them, they are actually challenging us to rethink our assumptions about who is in and who is out, who is right and who is wrong, who’s a good…

Season after Pentecost – June 3, 2018

Radical Rest The Ten Commandments: what are they, and why do they matter? Apart from being a great excuse for Charlton Heston to grow a beard, they are the fundamental covenant between God and His people. Here’s an interesting thing about the Ten Commandments, or the Ten Words, as they are called in Hebrew: they appear three times in the Hebrew Scriptures.…

Trinity

“Not Safe, But Good” Do you ever find yourself reading the news, or listening to the news, or watching the news, and wanting to put your fingers in your ears, close your eyes, and declare “La, la, la, la, la – I can’t hear you! It’s not happening!” I so often find myself wanting to…

Pentecost

In 2005, I was living in Montreal, on a working gap year between university degrees. Because I worked Sundays, the only church I could attend was a small francophone Pentecostal group who worshipped Sunday evenings at the downtown Salvation Army building. I remember one Sunday, at the end of a praise song, the music leader…

Easter 2 – April 8

St Paul’s United Church – Kelowna BC – April 8, 2018 Reflecting on the Word – Linnea Good with David Jonsson and Isaac Jonsson-Good   Re-tell the Thomas story Jesus shows them his hands and side and they rejoice because they suddenly “see” the Lord. When they tell Thomas, he says, ‘No, I will not…

Easter – April 1, 2018

Sermon “Afraid?” Ever been afraid? • I have. From the very first monster under my bed to preparing for this sermon—I have been afraid. Now you all know about monsters under the bed, but you may not know about the fear of sermon prep. It began when one person in the congregation told me after…

Lent 5 – March 18, 2018

Sermon “Need a New Heart?” I worry about the state of my heart. Now I need to explain that this is not some abstract metaphor for my spiritual condition or my moral conduct, I mean this in a completely literal sense. The heart I worry about is that part of me that works 24/7, pumping…

Lent 4 – March 11, 2018

Sermon “How Much is Your Life Worth?” Nicodemus appears three times in John’s story of Jesus. He is first of all the Pharisee who comes in the cover of darkness to ask three questions. First, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs…

Lent 3 – March 4, 2018

Sermon “Time to Repent” Lent is a good time to repent. Repent simply means to be sorry and to change one’s ways. Sounds simple enough—just say “sorry” and “I won’t do it again” and that’s it—instant salvation. The reality is—it’s not so easy. So, this morning I would like to confess a sin that I…