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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Let die and live…

Lazarus.  Now there’s a name with meaning.  The man raised from the dead by Jesus (John 11:1-45).  So well known is that name – with that story – that we we can instantly recognize the meaning of its use to describe something. In medicine, for example, the Lazarus Phenomenon describes...

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How do you know it?

I love the 23rd Psalm, I really do.  Always have. People have favourite bible verses or things they memorized in Sunday School, back in the day, or even just stories or quotes they’ve heard that they like, but I bet the most familiar for many are those opening words, “the...

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