Don’t Be Afraid. Be Jesus.

“Don’t be afraid.” That’s the one thing most frequently said by Jesus in the Bible. It’s not “love God” or “love your neighbour,” “be kind,” “don’t sin” or “go to church” (that one’s just silly). No. It’s “don’t be afraid.” And I’m pretty sure we don’t hear them all. I...

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From Wilderness to Wonder

I began the season of Lent as I always do. I even said “I say this every year but, much like Lent, it bears repeating.” So, here it is again. I think it’s important to remind people that when Jesus goes into the desert, he does not go alone. In...

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And Also With You

I’m know I say this every year but, much like Lent, it bears repeating. When Jesus goes into the wilderness for forty days – the story that is the foundation of Lent – he does not go alone. Each of the gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke tell the story...

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Shine and Rise

It’s time for Lent. I know we’re all excited about that. It’s been a long season of Epiphany and it’s time to get on. Hang on a minute, though: don’t be in a rush to go to the wilderness just yet. There’s one more ray of light, one that might...

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Start at Square One

How do you spell “love?” said Piglet. You don’t spell it … you feel it, said Pooh. There’s a lot of wisdom in A.A. Milne’s stories of the Hundred Acre Wood. And, right here, some really good Jesusing. That’s the word I’m trying to coin for being like Jesus. Jesus...

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You Already Are

You are salt and light. You, a child of God, are salt to season the world around you and light to illuminate life. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not. You are. Not just because I say so. Jesus says so, right near the beginning of what we’ve called...

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You Are Blessed

You are blessed. You, a child of God, are blessed. Don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not. You are. Not just because I say so. Jesus says so. I think that’s part of what that passage in Matthew we call The Beatitudes is all about. Matthew says that a...

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Lighting Our Own Universe

Great Canadian hero Chris Hadfield’s a retired astronaut who, among other things, commanded missions to space, helped build the Canadarm on the International Space Station, commanded the ISS and walked in space. First Canadian to do most of those and certainly the first person to record an album in space,...

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This Could Be Just What You’re Looking For

So, here we are in the season of Epiphany. The stories we hear about Jesus, if you’re following the season, are about revealing who Jesus is and what he’s about. One of those is how Jesus acquires the first disciples. I feel the need to say “acquires” because, while we’re...

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I Have a Lot of Questions About Magi

The world could sure use a few magi right now. We seem to have an over abundance of Herods and Ceasars. And I think we’re good with Chief Priests and Scribes. But where are the magi? It’s not that I don’t believe that they’re here. Somewhere. In fact, I’m pretty...

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