October 11, 2015

Mark 10:17-31                                                                                                          October 11, 2015 All You Need is Love Having lived in rural parts of the country, I have seen how important Thanksgiving is to people whose lives depend upon the harvest of the land.  However living in the city, our connection with the land seems much more distant.  This struck home when I […]

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October 4, 2015

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Jackpot or Blessing? I want to begin the sermon this morning with three quotes which I think relate to World Communion Sunday and set the stage for our thoughts this morning as we prepare to receive at this table. The first is a quote from Jesus: “I am the bread of life. […]

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Mark 4:26-34 As I was preparing this morning’s sermon, I was reminded of a conversation I had with a colleague a number of years ago.  He had been a minister all of his life, had been a chaplain in the war, President of the Canadian Council of Churches, an instigator of the Christian-Jewish dialogue in […]

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Sunday June 7, 2015

Exodus 14 Fear of Drowning in the Sea of Change   I love the Bible Story that Becky read this morning.  It is one of those pivotal stories in the Scriptures when it almost seems as if the credibility of God is at stake with the people of Israel.  The Israelites have been in captivity […]

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April 12, 2015 — Beyond Belief

  Beyond Belief   Last Sunday we shouted our Hosannas as we celebrated Easter, the resurrection of Jesus.  Our hosannas were in response to the fact that with God, death is not the last word.   That God is truly a God of miracles.  Our proclamation was, “He is risen.  Yes, he is risen indeed.” However, when the dust all settles, […]

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Luke 19:28-40 Have you ever gone back to where you grew up?  A place where you might have left ten, twenty, thirty or more years ago?  When you went back, did you notice any changes?  In January, I went back to Toronto, where I had grown up and left nearly twenty years ago.  Did I […]

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March 1 – The Cross

Mark 8:27-38   I recall a number of years ago soon after I had started working at a new church – a Presbyterian Church – a conversation driving home from a Sunday service.  I remember hearing a seven-or-eight year old’s voice from the back seat, “Daddy, I don’t think the people in our new church […]

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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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