Robin King

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 a manger. There’s a couple […]

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 of the adult Jesus. Here […]

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 a little different here. Long, […]

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 you had to cross the […]

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 24-25). So we’ve been talking […]

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, the world will end and […]

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 – we should be looking […]

Winter Is Coming, Part 2

Like I said last time, winter is coming. Yes, I see the weather, but it’s still coming. Again, like I said before, wait for January and February and you’ll think this wasn’t really winter yet. More importantly, I think I also suggested that winter can be a metaphor, not just a seasonal change in climate. […]

Winter Is Coming, Part 1

Winter is coming. Seems kind of redundant to say that now.  There’s snow on the ground, it’s cold and winter appears to be already here.  But wait for January and February, that’s when it’s really winter.  Although, it was pretty mild a few years ago. ‘Course, then there was the winter o’58.  That was a […]

Saints In Your Neighbourhood

October 31st is a pretty important day.  Especially this year.  Especially if you’re Lutheran or part of the Reformed Church tradition. Yeah, it’s not that it’s Halloween. Or maybe it is, but I’ll come to that in a minute. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the day recognized as the start of the Reformation. […]