Still Standing

Jesus and his followers were leaving the Temple, when one of his disciples makes a seemingly innocuous comment. “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” (Mark 13:1) And they would’ve been right. Back in the day, the Temple was impressive. And it darn well should have been. After all,...

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Still Standing

Jesus and his followers were leaving the Temple, when one of his disciples makes a seemingly innocuous comment. “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” (Mark 13:1) And they would’ve been right. Back in the day, the Temple was impressive. And it darn well should have been. After all,...

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Does Size Matter?

We are wired to seek validation, we love to feel significant and we seek recognition and attention in order to trust that our work and our lives matter. So how do we measure value, impact or success? Jesus reminds us that even the enormous stones of the temple will become...

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Promise, Gratitude and Trust

The Gospel of Mark tells a story about Jesus and the disciples sitting by the Temple treasury one day, watching people bringing their donations. They watched some “rich people” donate large amounts, says Mark, although one has to wonder what or how one would qualify as “rich” in a country...

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Let’s talk politics for a minute

Our culture talks a lot about separating “Church” and “State”. But we also have elected officials who frequently make claims to be doing God’s work, and then lead us in a direction that looks anything but Christ-like. Let’s rewind 2,000 years. Jesus was a political activist. He also encouraged us...

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The devil didn’t make me do it

Ben Wilson and I record a podcast each week. It’s a twenty-five minute (more or less) discussion over coffee about faith, God, church, the world, usually connected to whatever the theme or scripture reading is in our church that week. It’s not meant to be an academic endeavour, a lecture...

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Why we created Halloween (oh, and “the Devil”)

All Hallows Eve, Trick-Or-Treating, and “the Devil”. What are they, and why did we make them up? I know what you’re thinking, “is this seriously a podcast of a Minister talking about Satan not being, real?”. Well, yes. Yes it is. And we talk about lots of other fascinating stuff,...

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Noah’s Ark Pt 2 – Robin develops a midrash

We all know the story from Sunday school, but what really happened inside the Ark? Why didn’t the animals devour each other? Rev. Robin King explores a midrash (a story about a story) that goes deeper into the decks of Noah’s Ark and offers some truth and wisdom for humanity,...

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I See

The gospel of Mark tells the story of Bartimaeus, a blind man healed by Jesus (Mark 10:46-52). The gospels of Matthew and Luke tell a similar story of Jesus healing the blind and the stories have several characteristics in common: the location outside of Jericho, the blind calling out to...

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Is this the church Jesus wanted us to build?

Jesus told his disciples (and us) that “I have come to serve, not to be served”. So what does Jesus think of the church structures (physical and institutional) that we’ve built in His name over the last 2,018 years? Like the Noah’s Ark story, the life and death of Jesus...

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