Winter Is Coming, Part 4

It’s been a few weeks now, leading up to the beginning of Advent, the short season of preparation for Christmas. I’ve been running with the theme of Winter Is Coming to talk about a conversation Jesus has with the disciples about “the end times,” the idea that Jesus will return,...

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Winter Is Coming, Part 3

There will be a Part 4.  I just want to be up front about that. Jesus told a lot of stories. It was his primary teaching tool, after all, and we tell the stories of Jesus the same way. However we might interpret them – yes, we do interpret them...

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Winter Is Coming, Part 2

Like I said last time, winter is coming. Yes, I see the weather, but it’s still coming. Again, like I said before, wait for January and February and you’ll think this wasn’t really winter yet. More importantly, I think I also suggested that winter can be a metaphor, not just...

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Winter Is Coming, Part 1

Winter is coming. Seems kind of redundant to say that now.  There’s snow on the ground, it’s cold and winter appears to be already here.  But wait for January and February, that’s when it’s really winter.  Although, it was pretty mild a few years ago. ‘Course, then there was the...

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Saints In Your Neighbourhood

October 31st is a pretty important day.  Especially this year.  Especially if you’re Lutheran or part of the Reformed Church tradition. Yeah, it’s not that it’s Halloween. Or maybe it is, but I’ll come to that in a minute. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the day recognized as...

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It’s All About Image (Taking A Look At Peace)

Do you think Donald Trump wants peace? I know it’s hard to tell, sometimes, with all the rhetoric, the bluster, the seeming lack of awareness of consequences, the arrogance, ego and all that other stuff that makes up the Trump persona. But, deep down, do you think he really wants...

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Thinking About Being Thankful

Perhaps we should be more specific.  Or absolutely not.  I’m not sure. As a holiday, Thanksgiving is a harvest based festival celebrated in Canada, the US and some countries and territories influenced by their North American connection.  There are similar harvest based festivals in the UK, Japan and Germany.  Although,...

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Is God Among Us Or Not?

Yes, there is God. I’ve said this before, I’m sure, because it’s what I believe.  You are welcome to your own belief and if I can help to encourage you, reassure you, engage you and help you grow in your belief or understanding of God, I would.  And if you...

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Diet Tips For Spiritual Nourishment

I’m eating cheezies while I write this.  The good ones.  You know, those ones made in Belleville, Ontario.  I’m pretty sure they’re good for you.  They’re crunchy and they’re orange.  I like that. That’s important to me, because I’m a very discerning eater.  Some people might say I’m fussy or...

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