Proclaiming the God we (think we) know.
I began the introduction this morning asking you to imagine, (though you don’t really need to, you’ve seen it,) a town where new people have arrived ‘from away.’
Plan B. Of Seeds and Sowers and the Dream of God.
While I love the way that Matthew shares Jesus the Parable storyteller with us, there’s this tendency he has, an incapacity to leave well alone.
Proclaiming Life Anyway
We are a community of faith known to be on the progressive, questioning end of the Christian spectrum
We Walk this Road Together: Stranger Wisdom
Both Jesus and Muhammad encounter wisdom in unexpected situations: A sermon conversation between Rev Elisabeth and Afra Jalabi.
I came to him in the night. I didn’t want to draw attention to him, after all, he’d done that for himself already with his behaviour.
We Walk This Road Together: Jesus with Satan
I am suffering from abundance! Midrashing this text with 19 people this past week has filled my imagination with all sorts of possibilities for preaching this incredibly potent text,
The Perfect Invitation.
Is this not all, de trop, too much? Turning the other cheek? Going the extra mile?
An Invitation to Go Deep.
What happened?! After three weeks of free-pass invitation, grounded in grace, to “Come, see! Be blessed! Be counted as salt and light…” Jesus seems to have shifted in his seat,
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Follow Me – A Daunting Invitation
When we tell this story with children, and when we sing their songs, it’s such fun! There’s a hopefulness to it,
The Great Invitation: Come and See!
Epiphanies. We all have them… Those small and great Ahas; the new app or gadget, or those light dawning realizations that help things fall into place, or that change everything,
Magnificat Anima Mea
This is not the sermon I planned back in October when I began to read and think and dream
and pray and plan for this Advent season!!!….
Anticipation of a Peaceable Kin-dom
It seems that every ancient text we have been reading these recent weeks could have been written just for us, just for this time in our global life.
The first Sunday of Advent is a day when we expect to be ushered gently into the Season of waiting, and anticipation.
Of Kingdoms and Dreams
Does it feel a bit odd? Listening to Luke telling us about the crucifixion, in November?
What to do when Temples Fall
Letâ€™s name the elephant in the room; there was an election in the US this past week.
God the Widowâ€™s Cry
It is one of those difficult texts. It doesnâ€™t seem to be, at first. Jesus, on the road to Jerusalem, talking about the Dream of God,
â€œI Have a Dream: Godâ€™s Dream”
First a caveat for todayâ€™s sermon: This is the second one Iâ€™ve prepared for this week.
A Midrashic/Interpretive reading of the Scripture
I love the French name for this festival in our Canadian Calendar â€œActions Graceâ€
Lamentation for a World Undone
â€œLook! See! The earth is in mourning, and the heavens are dark with grief.â€ Do we really need to be reminded?
Clay in the Potterâ€™s Hand
Jeremiah was not noted for being the happiest of prophets. And as weâ€™ve seen, thatâ€™s perhaps not so surprising really when you consider the world he was born into, and the God who â€˜had his number.â€™
God: Between Rocks and Hard Places
Seated, teaching, is Jesus. But have we heard what he said?
Elijah and the Prophets of Ba’al
Why this text, why this sermon? Primarily because of a question raised at the May 13 Taste of Syria event. The questioner wondered about the influence of those texts in the Quâ€™ran which condone violence in the name of religion.
Troubled Waters: A Sabbath Healing
It was the Sabbath. In Johnâ€™s Gospel thatâ€™s code for trouble brewinâ€™
The Faith of Saints and Widows
First some background is needed for this â€œmeager and confusingâ€ text. First thing to remind ourselves is that the book of Acts is a sequel.
What Road Are You On?
I canâ€™t tell you how much Iâ€™m going to miss having JoÑ‘lle sharing in worship leadership with me!
The Nose Knows
â€œNothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.â€
Tasting the Goodness of God
Isaiah â€“ or more particularly the second writer to bear that name, had a really hard job.