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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Getting in touch with our essential oneness.

The United Church of Canada’s crest is an interesting thing.  All its features have meaning – its shape, its symbols, its colours – and are worth exploring.  Check out the national church’s website to find out more about that if you’re interested.  Today, I’m particularly interested in the words that...

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Stuck inside a building…

Are you religious? I often meet people, in a variety of circumstances, that want me to know that they’re not religious.  It may be because I’m a minister, or not.  But because I am, they’re all the more surprised when I reply that I’m not really religious either.  After that...

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Not a baaad life…

The image of Jesus as The Good Shepherd is well known and much loved.  In John’s gospel, it’s part of a passage in which Jesus talks about the sheep knowing the shepherd’s voice and the shepherd caring for the sheep.  Jesus also describes himself as the gate for the sheepfold...

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That’s no disguise…

I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s wondered why no one recognizes that Clark Kent is Superman.  Or Superman is Clark Kent.  Is a pair of glasses and a suit really enough? Actually, CNN reported last year that the University of York did a study that indicated there was...

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Leave no doubt…

Now you see me … You’re waiting for the rest of that now, I bet.  You’re expecting “now you don’t” to follow it, like that abracadabra moment when the magician disappears, right before you’re very eyes, only to reappear moments later.  I can imagine how the story of those first...

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A new old story…

I wonder how the Easter Story would’ve been different if there’d been kids in it.  I don’t mean one of those “kids tell the story” things where they mispronounce stuff, combine things and throw in modern things in a really cute way that essentially tells the story we already know,...

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A moment of triumph or a wild ride?

For many churches, Palm Sunday’s a day that has a story made for ritual. Jesus enters Jerusalem, riding on a donkey while crowds of people throw their coats and branches on the ground before him, waving palm branches and shouting “hosanna” to welcome the triumphant king.  So we have palms,...

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