Still Standing

Jesus and his followers were leaving the Temple, when one of his disciples makes a seemingly innocuous comment. “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” (Mark 13:1) And they would’ve been right. Back in the day, the Temple was impressive. And it darn well should have been. After all,...

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Promise, Gratitude and Trust

The Gospel of Mark tells a story about Jesus and the disciples sitting by the Temple treasury one day, watching people bringing their donations. They watched some “rich people” donate large amounts, says Mark, although one has to wonder what or how one would qualify as “rich” in a country...

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The devil didn’t make me do it

Ben Wilson and I record a podcast each week. It’s a twenty-five minute (more or less) discussion over coffee about faith, God, church, the world, usually connected to whatever the theme or scripture reading is in our church that week. It’s not meant to be an academic endeavour, a lecture...

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I See

The gospel of Mark tells the story of Bartimaeus, a blind man healed by Jesus (Mark 10:46-52). The gospels of Matthew and Luke tell a similar story of Jesus healing the blind and the stories have several characteristics in common: the location outside of Jericho, the blind calling out to...

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Where would you like to be?

Do you ever wonder which animals got to go where on the ark? Maybe it’s just me. I wonder about stuff like that. The great flood story in Genesis is a great story, but it has some interesting detail and some great opportunities to wonder about things that are missing....

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Do all dogs go to heaven?

This was going to be a Thanksgiving kind of thing, but we just held our annual Blessing of the Animals and I really wanted to address this important question: do all dogs go to heaven. So, thankful for my wonderful little dogs, I’d like to say that the answer, I...

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A little scratch behind the ear

For the last few years, we’ve had a Blessing of the Animals service around the end of September, beginning of October. (October 4 is St. Francis of Assisi Day and he’s the patron saint of animals.) We welcome any animals, pets or working animals, livestock – all the beasts of...

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From right here, right now

I’m from here. I haven’t been here long, but I just want to be clear that, if you ask me where I’m from, I’m going to say that I’m from here. When I came to Bashaw 11 years ago, one of the first services I did was at the seniors...

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Rain (or Snow) or Shine

“One light, one sun, one sun lighting everyone.” That sounds like something Jesus would say, doesn’t it? But it’s not. Pretty close, though, if you were a little kid in the 1980s. It’s a song by Raffi. What Jesus did say was that God “causes his sun to rise on...

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In the beginnings

“And suddenly you know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” That sounds hip and cool and contemporary, but it’s a hip and cool and contemporary translation of something written by Meister Eckhart (c.1260 – c.1328), a medieval theologian and mystic. He was a monk...

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