7 Ways to Exercise Your Faith Outside Of Church

I hate to sound super cheesy, but I fully believe that faith is a muscle, and in order to keep that muscle strong, you have to exercise it. I’m going to accept my cheesy-ness and call it by its proper name: Faith-ercise.  Now, we’re all aware that church is the...

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Planting A Seed Of Wonder

Jesus once taught about what the kingdom of God was like by saying that it was like a mustard seed: the tiniest of seeds grows into a bush so big that birds can nest in it.  It’s a great metaphor for a common biblical theme, that greatness often comes from...

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Making Time For Prayer

Do you pray? Just to be clear, I’m not asking about those times in church when the pastor says “Let us pray” and we all bow our heads or kneel and share in a prayer made on our behalf.  Nor am I talking about those times we share in the...

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Can the seed grow anywhere?

Jesus told a lot of parables.  The Parable of the Sower is a familiar one that appears in each of Mark, Matthew and Luke’s gospels.  It’s the only one that Jesus, himself, explains.  I think that’s a feature that’s part of his explanation to the disciples of why he uses...

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Where is the Love?

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there always seems to be a lot of talk about love in church.  Yes, I confess that I tire of it, sometimes, too – when we just talk.  It does seem like it’s one of the two most talked about things in church...

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Community: It’s an encounter with God.

We talk about being welcoming a lot.  I mean, a lot. Oh dear, you may be thinking, he’s going to talk about being welcoming. Yes, I am. I’m going to talk about the church specifically in a minute, but creating a welcoming environment is not something that’s specific to church. ...

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The world needs both of us, Pastor.

Well, right off the bat, the title’s not correct, really.  The world needs all of us.  We’re all connected, all needing to honour our related-ness, all needing to recognize we are part of the same family, like it or not sometimes. We’re all God’s children.  There’s no exclusivity in that. ...

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We Can Do That

I’m a little preoccupied with words and literalism this week, so please bear with me. If your church follows the Lectionary that prescribes the bible readings that you’ll hear each Sunday, then you just began a lengthy journey through the gospel of Matthew that’ll take you well into the fall. ...

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It’s not a mystery, it’s a wonder.

It’s a mystery. In the church, that’s the classic answer to “what is the Trinity?”  It won’t get you very far as the answer to a game show question, but it’s the beginning of trying to understand something that has puzzled people for a long time. June 11 this year...

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Let the Spirit Move You

I like Rick Mercer.  I think he has wise and humorous things to say and he highlights things that are quintessentially Canadian.  I particularly like the “rant” segment on his tv show where he wanders around back alleys talking to the camera about something that’s bugging him. The Holy Spirit...

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