Giving Thanks its Due

Texts: Joel 2:21-27; Luke 17:11-19 Thanksgiving is one of those holidays in the national calendar that spills over into church life, rather than the other way around. Similar to Mother’s Day, it’s a holiday that the government declared, and churches as a whole happily adopted. Neither of them really have any historical basis as far […]

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What’s Fair?

Text: Matthew 20:1-16 (with Reference to Jonah 3:10-4:11) A professor of mine once warned our class to “beware of a Jesus completely congenial to you.” In other words, if our experience of Jesus, or our understanding of God completely fits within our worldview, and never presents a challenge, then we may be in danger of […]

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Paths through the Water

Text: Exodus 14:19-31– The Crossing of the Red Sea The crossing of the Red Sea is one of the most iconic scenes in the Bible, thanks in no small part to several theatrical treatments. Most, of course, remember Cecil B. DeMille’s iconic treatment in the Ten Commandments, but my personal favourite is an animated version […]

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The Storm is Passing Over

Exodus 12:1-14 By now Hurricane Harvey is now a bed memory, the survivors to clean up the mess and try to make the best of it. Yet no sooner did Harvey pass that Irma rise, is roaring through the eastern Caribbean and Florida, and Jose is close on her heels. You may have even missed […]

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Opening Notes

Text: Exodus 1:8-2:10 The story that we tell today is one we know… we have the opening notes of the book of Exodus… the original big-budget epic. Even though some of the stories from Genesis have a cosmic scale to them, Exodus has all of the themes that really makes it work. There will be […]

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