February 22 – I’ll Wear Purple

Mark 1:9-15 I’ll Wear Purple A few years ago, when I was living in Victoria, we had one of those rare West-Coast snowfalls.   I was rushing, as is my habit, to get to a meeting at the church.  Each day, I would drive through Mount Doug Park and I knew that I could do door […]

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February 15 – The Cost

Mark 9:2-10 In my cupboard at home is a wine rack.  It’s not a fancy thing.  It’s dowel and wood pushed together, something like one of those old children’s tinker toy sets.   However, I keep it because it is special.  It reminds me of a man in my first parish by the name of George. […]

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Healing – Sermon for Feb. 1, 2015

Mark 1:21-28 Earlier this week, when I read this story of Jesus healing the possessed man, what jumped out at me was not Jesus’ authority to be able to cast out demons, which is emphasized, but the person who was healed by Jesus.  This is a man who has an unclean spirit.  I went to […]

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A Call from Nowhere

John 1:43-51 A Call from Nowhere I love this morning’s Gospel story because it serves as a reminder of the many different ways that God can speak to us.  Here’s a true example.  A minister worked at the Almighty God Tabernacle Baptist Church in Morristown, Pennsylvania.  One night he was working late and called his […]

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Adventurous

Luke 1 Do you feel this morning like the countdown to Christmas is on? Perhaps it is because you have a ton of things that need to get done or perhaps you are one of those people who has everything done, who for a few weeks has been able to smugly say “yes” when someone […]

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Luke 17:11-19 You know the punch line of this morning’s sermon even before I begin. We have the story of Jesus healing ten lepers and only one returning to say thank you. I remember this story from Sunday School. The emphasis was on saying thank you to God. The emphasis of the traditional Thanksgiving service […]

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Just Do It!

Luke 17:5-10 Some of you might remember that line from the 1987 George Michael song which went, “You gotta have faith.” Yet there are days when we feel a little bit like the disciples who approached Jesus saying, “Increase our faith.” They must have felt that they didn’t have enough faith to meet whatever challenges […]

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By Whose Authority?

Matthew 21:23-32 Who among us hasn’t felt that the world seems to face crisis after crisis. There is global warming, the volatile financial markets, international terrorism, the situation in the Middle East. I am sure you can think of some of the world-wide crises you have lived through: the threat of communism, the threat of […]

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“Where Two or Three are Gathered…”

Matthew 18:21-35 Do any of you ever read the Anne Landers column in the newspaper? Those columns where people write in with a problem and some agony aunt or expert tries to give an answer. I love to read about the problem and think about what advice I would give and then compare it to […]

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Radical Neighbours

Luke 10:30-37 I was paid what I think must be the supreme compliment for a preacher and that is to be asked to re-preach a sermon. One of the members of the St. David’s congregation was looking at my sermons that had been posted on line and asked me to preach the following sermon that […]

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