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Lent 2 – February 25, 2018

Sermon “Get in Line” John Dominic Crossan defines the essence of Jesus’ ministry this way: heal the sick, eat with them, announce the kingdom. When I first heard Crossan say this, I said to myself, “finally a Biblical scholar saying that we need to have more potluck suppers.” In case you didn’t know I love…

Lent 1 – February 18, 2018

Last year my favourite theologian died—Leonard Cohen. One of his songs is always appropriate during lent. “Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” When ever I read this text “just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart” I…

Epiphany 4 – February 4, 2018

Over the years, as I have read this story; of Jesus, healing Peter’s mother-in-law, I have wanted to continue reading. To ‘get to the good parts’: Jesus, feeding the 5000. Healing the man in the cemetery of his demons. Walking on the water. Confronting those who opposed him. Get to the real meat. Sometimes goaded…

Epiphany 3 – January 21, 2018

Sermon “Holy War” Amanullah Haider, an Afghan suicide bomber left a video of his last words before he took the lives of 12 soldiers. His was just one of many suicide attacks over the past decades in that country. In the 1980s there was an average of three a year, in the 1990’s one a…

Epiphany 2 – January 14, 2018

Sermon “Fearfully, Wonderfully Made” Do you remember the signs that were put onto buses— “There is probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” That was actually an ad campaign that started in England, where the organizers had aimed to raise £5,500, or about $10,000, to put ads on 30 London buses. Instead,…

Baptism of Jesus – January 7, 2018

Sermon “Living on the Edge” Jean Paul wrote, “I voyaged through the world, I climbed into the suns and flew along the Milky Way through the wastelands of heaven, but there was no God. I climbed down…and peered into the abyss and cried out: Father, where are you? But all I heard was an eternal…

Epiphany

Sermon “The Journey Begins” I have a Christmas Crèche collection. It began with one from Peru that was a gift to me from a friend that teaches Political Science at the University. That was the beginning, so with each country Lynda and I visited there were only two items I looked for: a new golf…

Christmas Eve 2017

Meditation “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find The” appeared in movie theatres last month.  I read the book but haven’t seen the movie. She has been in the news lately, not so much for the movie, but for the tweets she has been sending to the President of the country to the south of us.…

Advent 4 2017

Sermon “Mary’s Eschatology” Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed…

Advent 3 2017

Preamble The gospel reading for today is a preamble to John’s story of Jesus. So I am going to do a preamble before the reading. At the end of each service, someone asks me a question about the sermon, sometimes two people ask. Last Sunday was two. First question: How do you prepare the sermon…