Now More Than Ever

Every year, we hear the same story on the second Sunday of Easter. Every year, the same story. Not even different versions of it, because it only appears in one gospel: John. Every year, we hear the story of Thomas, the one who wasn’t there when Jesus first appeared alive...

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The Hope of Easter

There’s a pretty great joke going around right now. I’m not sure who started it, but it goes something like this. No wonder some world leaders are thinking that the virus will be over and done by Easter and we’ll all be out living our normal lives. Seems appropriate, after...

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I Wonder

Sometimes, I find myself challenged by how we do Easter. I mean as a church. Feel free to also celebrate the bunny and chocolate and spring (if it ever gets here). We could use a little celebration right now – observing isolation, social distancing and all the necessary protocols, of...

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One on One

I can’t imagine that there is anyone or anything that hasn’t been affected in some way by the virus that’s enveloping the world right now. However you’re experiencing it, isolation is a unifying part of that and we’re just not built for it. We need connection, we need to gather...

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The Long and Winding Road

“How long’s this gonna last?” You’re probably already tired of hearing that. I know I am, and that’s mostly from the number of times I ask it in my own head. The other day, one of the late night talk show hosts, broadcasting from his home with his kids around,...

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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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