Sermon for Sunday July 17, 2016

Luke 10:38-42 The Better Thing…   This morning we read the story of Jesus coming to visit the home of Mary and Martha.  The disciples are still on their way to Jerusalem.  Picture the scene.  Jesus is a good friend of their family and they learn that he is coming to visit.  As all of […]

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Sermon for Sunday July 10, 2016

Luke 10:25-37 The View from the Ditch   This morning’s Scripture is a familiar one to most of us.  The Good Samaritan.  A certain man was making a dangerous journey form Jerusalem to Jericho when he fell among thieves and was robbed, thrown in a ditch, and left for dead.  Along came two religious professionals, […]

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Sermon for Sunday June 26, 2016

Luke 9:51-62 Every Moment Counts   Today’s Scripture passage is a difficult one.  At least that’s what a few members of the faith study group commented on Tuesday when we gathered for discussion.  It is difficult.  In thirty years, I have never preached on it.  It is difficult.  There don’t seem to be many commentaries […]

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Sermon for Sunday June 19, 2016

Luke 8:26-39 We Need to Do Something   As I was driving to work on Thursday morning, I learned of the shooting death of Jo Cox, a British MP for a riding in the North of England.  As Britain holds a referendum later this week on whether or not to remain in the European Union, […]

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Sermon for Sunday June 12, 2016

Luke 7:36 – 51 Amazing Grace   This is probably something we have all done at one time or another – made a deal with God.  Someone once said to me that she had once said to God, “God, if you just let me pass this course, then I will be in church every Sunday.”  […]

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Sermon for Sunday May 29, 2016

Luke 7:1-10 Power Play   Jesus had a terrible reputation.  Time and time again, we find him keeping company with the “wrong” kind of people.  He ate with the grungy and despised of the world.  He reached out to the poor, the broken and marginalized, saying that the Kingdom of God was theirs.  Jesus also […]

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Sermon for Sunday May 22, 2016

Psalm 8 Who are We? (A Sermon for Trinity Sunday)   This morning, in the Church Calendar, is known as Trinity Sunday.  It is the Sunday of the year when we consider the Trinity or the nature of God being, in the classical terminology, “Father, Son and Holy Spirit.”  Here we are looking at the […]

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Sermon for Sunday May 15, 2016

Ezekiel 37 A God-Sized Dream (A Meditation Prior to a Visioning/Planning Exercise)   As I read Ezekiel 37 I couldn’t but help think of the pictures on the TV of Ft. McMurray.  In both cases we have a vision of complete desolation.  Ezekiel, the prophet, starts out his vision by describing a valley of dried-up […]

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Sermon for Sunday May 8, 2016

1 Corinthians 13 And the Greatest of These is Love… (A Sermon for Mother’s Day)   A couple of months ago, when I was thinking ahead and planning for Mother’s Day, this scripture passage from 1 Corinthians 13 came to mind.  It is probably one of the most well-known passages in the Bible, perhaps because […]

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Sermon for Sunday April 17, 2016

The following sermon was preached at West Van. Presbyterian Church as part of an exchange between ministers of the two congregations.    Psalm 23 Psalm 23:  A Psalm for the Living There are certain parts of the Bible that are my favourite and Psalm 23 has to be one of them.  I am in good […]

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