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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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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