“Astounded at his teaching”

Who says so? I’m sure you’ve heard that before.  Remember on the playground, maybe, when you were a child?  It’s usually followed by “gonna make me?” Authority exercised by might: the power of physical force to make something go the way you say it should.  Except it’s not from the...

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Maybe it’s time for a change

When it comes to bible stories, I’m sometimes torn between wonder and explanation. That sounds like a loaded statement, but it’s not a bad thing, I don’t think. The thing is, I think the stories in the bible have an essential truth at the heart of them. That’s why the...

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Come and See and Experience and Share

Many people are familiar with the Bible story about Jesus calling his first disciples from their boats by the sea of Galilee.  They’re fishermen, and Jesus invites them to follow him and they will “fish for people” (Mark 1:17).  It’s a powerful image of individual call or vocation to bring...

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Part of a Bigger Story

A couple of years ago, some friends gave us a beautiful snow globe for Christmas. It’s mostly silver and white with some gold trim on the manger scene in the globe. It’s a simple scene of Mary and Joseph either side of the baby Jesus, wrapped in a cloth in...

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Christmas Stories

Each of the gospels has a story about the arrival of Jesus. Mark doesn’t have a birth story for Jesus. The gospel that opens with “the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the son of God,” dives right in with the adult John the Baptist announcing the arrival...

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Wool & Straw

Occasionally, I like to write a story or a play. This is the short story version of the play the children presented in Bashaw last week. It’s inspired by an old celtic tale of two brothers who didn’t get along and the village priest who enlightens them. The characters and the setting are...

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What are you saying?

When I was a kid, I sang in the choir of the Anglican cathedral in downtown Toronto. On Friday nights and Sunday mornings, my dad used to drive my brother and I from where we lived in the far east end to the cathedral. To get there from the east...

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There Is Hope

Haven’t we had enough, already? I know, I could be talking about so many things. But I just did a four part series with the theme “winter is coming” mostly to cover a section of the Gospel of Matthew that talks about the end times and the Second Coming (Matthew...

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Winter Is Coming, Part 4

It’s been a few weeks now, leading up to the beginning of Advent, the short season of preparation for Christmas. I’ve been running with the theme of Winter Is Coming to talk about a conversation Jesus has with the disciples about “the end times,” the idea that Jesus will return,...

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Winter Is Coming, Part 3

There will be a Part 4.  I just want to be up front about that. Jesus told a lot of stories. It was his primary teaching tool, after all, and we tell the stories of Jesus the same way. However we might interpret them – yes, we do interpret them...

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