Divine Inspiration?

For Ascension Sunday 2019 Text: Ephesians: 1:15-23 Tomorrow marks the last night of my most recent seminar: “The Challenge of the Historical Jesus.” It’s been well attended, the questions have been good, and it’s timely that it comes to an end right around the time where as Christians we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus in […]

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By the River

Acts 16:9-15 Mountains have a reputation of being holy places, singularly unique locations where people have encounters with the divine. It happened with Moses, Elijah, Jesus… There are numerous stories throughout the Bible that talk about these encounters with the Holy in high places… powerful, transformative encounters… and yet there is another natural location that […]

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Looking Ahead

evelation 21:1-6 I remember when I was in Cornwall, where the Annual General Meetings were an occasion where the congregation stayed away in droves. Seriously… on the one Sunday where people could come and participate in the life and work of the congregation, there was a more-than-measurable dip in the congregation’s attendance. From the vantage […]

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The Hope of Easter

Revelation 5:11-14 I’ve made it no secret that the Book of Revelation has a whole lot to offer us as people of faith, especially in the shifting ground of society that we find ourselves in today. However, it is not in the way that the book has been used and abused in some circles, proclaiming […]

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Finding Hope

Luke 24:1-12 Resurrection is about finding hope, seeing what’s right with the world when everyone else sees what’s wrong. It is an attitude, and orientation, an outlook that moves us past dwelling on what’s wrong with the world around us. Resurrection is about what’s right, what the new opportunities are… the avenues of hope and […]

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A New Beginning

Text: Acts 1:1-11 If I learned no other lesson from Jon Black in my second-year Shakespeare course in University was that every story Shakespeare told set up a new beginning, whether he chose to tell it or not. Whether it was tragedy, comedy, or a historical play, there was always a hint of the possibility […]

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Christ’s Choice of Friends

Text: John 15:9-17 Let’s talk about friends, and friendship. I think many of us are fortunate enough to be blessed with one or two people whom we can call a “true” friend. A “true” friend is someone with whom you are intimate with… in the proper sense of the word. We are able to trust […]

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Growing in the Vine

Text: John 18:1-8 Finally! At least with the weather this week, we can say that spring is here. Well, truth is, growing up here in Calgary, we don’t really get spring, or fall for that matter, what we get are summer and winter getting into fights. This year, winter has had a bit more staying […]

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The Lamb that Shepherds

Texts: Reflecting on Psalm 23, John 10:11-18 and Revelation 7:9-17 There are few Biblical passages better known that the 23rd Psalm. It is the most common reading at funerals often because many of a certain generation memorized it as children. Outside of funerals, the fourth Sunday after Easter features it. Not surprisingly sometimes today is […]

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The Unfinished Story?

Text: Mark 16:1-8 So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid. It’s not supposed to end like that!! What do you mean that they went out and fled from the tomb and said nothing to anyone? It […]

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