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“I Have a Dream: God’s Dream”

First a caveat for today’s sermon: This is the second one I’ve prepared for this week.

A Midrashic/Interpretive reading of the Scripture

I love the French name for this festival in our Canadian Calendar “Actions Grace”

Lamentation for a World Undone

“Look! See! The earth is in mourning, and the heavens are dark with grief.” Do we really need to be reminded?

Clay in the Potter’s Hand
Jeremiah was not noted for being the happiest of prophets. And as we’ve seen, that’s perhaps not so surprising really when you consider the world he was born into, and the God who ‘had his number.’

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 Qu’ran which condone violence in the name of religion.

Troubled Waters: A Sabbath Healing

It was the Sabbath. In John’s Gospel that’s code for trouble brewin’

The Faith of Saints and Widows

First some background is needed for this “meager and confusing” text. First thing to remind ourselves is that the book of Acts is a sequel.

What Road Are You On?

I can’t tell you how much I’m going to miss having Joёlle sharing in worship leadership with me!

The Nose Knows

“Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.”

Tasting the Goodness of God

Isaiah – or more particularly the second writer to bear that name, had a really hard job.

Watching the Far Horizon.

Jesus was indeed a master storyteller! Parables, by their nature, are stories designed, created to be full of interpretive possibility.

Here, Now, The Gospel.

Luke is like a TV news crew, following every second of the action as it unfolds.

What will we do with all this wine?

How many of you like to watch a favourite TV show or movie more than once?

Passing Through the Waters.

Many of you know I am English, born into a Roman Catholic family in the north of England.

Loosened Tongues.

Some of you are aware that I am currently enrolled in a doctoral programme in preaching at Luther Seminary in Minneapolis. There’s this unwritten book

A Matter of Allegiance.

The Gospel reading today is short. More like one small frame-freeze in an excruciatingly drawn out melodrama.

Rise Up, Hannah!

Her name is Jaime Black. She is a Metis woman, born in Thunder Bay, and living in Winnipeg.

There are Times…

Oh, my dear friends, would that life were so easily beautifully, biblically balanced!

Let me see!

Every Sunday morning, we pick up a little bit of a much larger story. My father used to read a comic book magazine (Le Journal Spirou)…..

Whom will you serve? (You Gotta Serve Somebody)

Sometimes coincidence, serendipity, and the hand of God create a perfect coalescence! –On the day before a Federal Election….

Suffering and the Silence of God.

I don’t believe there is a more horrifying tale in all of literature than this one.

First. Last. Welcome.

“Whoever welcomes one such child welcomes me, and the One who sent me.”

“Who do you say I am?”

If you were to turn to the person sitting next to you today, and ask them, about yourself, “Who do you say I am?” what do you think would be the response?

Holding Bread

“I am the Bread of Life” he said. “The ones who come to me will never be hungry, the ones who come to trust in me will never thirst”

It’s all about Love: Riffing on the Johns

It will become apparent in a moment that another ‘anthem’ from the Summer of Love, 1967 is the one that’s playing in my head,

Grafted.

What a relief it is to come in here this morning, to find a familiar, welcoming place in the pews,

Caring for the Children of God

As I read this letter of John, known to church tradition as the Elder, I’m reminded of a story told by Lutheran pastor Richard Lischer in Open Secrets,

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