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A Story to Pass Along

Sometimes I get some interesting messages across my desk, and at Christmas we all get a little sentimental.  I invited folks in the congregation to send me things through the season of Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas Eve - Hope, Peace, Joy and Love - the kinds of themes we carry around all year!).... Read More  

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An Amazing Advent Story

For about 6 months now, the promotions team has struggled to find a "newsworthy" story that will launch us into media darling status... We've been dreaming, and wondering just what it is that makes us different from the 11 other churches within a 10-block radius.  What does the world need to know about us... Read More  

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Inclusivity

Blair's been away, and Christina is getting ready for the Evolve youth conference taking place this weekend, leaving me in the office alone... and thinking... (always a tad dangerous!!)... so I thought I'd share a story about something that happened at the Community Drumming Circle last week.     When... Read More  

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What we believe about Jesus

I'm having the most lively conversations with Alan Marriott, producer of Friday Night Live. In his preparation for these zany events on Fridays, he uses the scripture readings we'll use in worship the following Sunday as a place to begin.  When he wrestles with the text, he calls me into... Read More  

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Internal Authority

“If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all" (Romans 12:18).   The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17) is a list of behaviours that we ought not to do if we’re faithful Jews, Muslims, or Christians. They came to us from Moses after his wild experience on a mountain - the... Read More  

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Bodies - holy and acceptable

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1-8). “You’re the minister at the church aren’t you?” asked the barista.... Read More  

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Adjustments to the Plan

“For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all” (Romans 11:32). Sometimes Paul’s logic just gets really convoluted: way too much detail, and way too many theological calisthenics as he mines the ancient Hebrew scriptures to make his point. I guess we preacher types... Read More  

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Internal or External??

“The word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (Romans 10:8). I recently auditioned for a community choir and was accepted. Apparently, tenors are useful. But before my audition I had a lively conversation with the conductor about God and people and belief. He is a composer of sacred and... Read More  

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Not Separate

"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39).  Can there be greater words of... Read More  

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What God must hold...

“The God who made the world and everything in it, He who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything [...] For in Him WE live and move and have our being” (Acts of the Apostles 17:24-25, 28). Not five minutes... Read More