There’s Always Leftovers

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a church potluck that ran out of food. Maybe it happens, but I can’t imagine that it does very often. They’re a beautiful thing, potluck meals, especially church ones. They’re a culinary adventure that could include a variety of things, things you may...

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The story thus far

Are you busy? That’s maybe not a fair question. It’s summertime, you might be on vacation. You might work shifts and be off right now. Or on. Or you might be retired. Sometimes people find themselves busier then. Maybe you work at something that’s busier at certain times of the...

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Who are the really powerful?

The story of the death of John the Baptist is like something out of Game of Thrones: a senseless death, the result of manipulation and revenge with a little lust thrown in. The gospel of Mark tells how John had been arrested by King Herod because he spoke out against...

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Something less than a miracle.

I sometimes think that my job ought to be a lot easier. Part of it, anyway. Not the pastoral care, perhaps. Life’s complex and full of challenges, there’s much grief and sadness in the world. There’s also joy and happiness, challenges and opportunities and everyone’s life is, of course, uniquely...

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A law of love and compassion.

Of course it’s more complicated than it appears. Like everyone else, I’ve been reading the stories of what’s happening with our neighbours to the south. I know, there’s so much, I should be more specific. Just this moment, I’m thinking of families crossing into the US illegally being separated at...

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To get to the other side.

As miracles go, the story of Jesus calming a storm while in a boat with the disciples is definitely a chart topper. It’s an epic demonstration of the power of Jesus, not just to heal people or to cast out demons, but over nature itself. “Who then is this, that...

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What’s your story?

There was a story recently that prosperity gospel televangelist Jesse Duplantis was asking his followers to contribute towards a new personal jet for his ministry. $54 million US is all it would cost for him to add this fourth plane to his fleet. He told his followers that he needed...

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Are you out of your mind?

I suppose that I’m stating the obvious here, but I think Jesus taught in two important ways. One is that he preached. And by that, I mean that he proclaimed a message of love, grace and care for others which he backed up with action. It’s easy to say that...

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Make a life-giving sabbath.

There’s no doubt in my mind that everyone needs a sabbath. There’s no doubt in my heart that’s the reason it’s one of the Ten Commandments. Like the rest of them, it wouldn’t be there if it weren’t an important part of life. To me, that’s why it’s important: it’s...

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Stumbling towards the light

The story of Nicodemus might be familiar to you. Or it might not. More often than not, the character himself isn’t the most important part of his own story. I think we might all feel like that sometimes, so maybe that’s one of the ways we can all identify with...

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