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What we deserve?

Text: Luke 13:1-9 There’s a German term word that has no real parallel in English, although I think many of us are familiar with the concept. It’s called Schadenfreude, in short it means gloating at somebody else’s bad luck. I think all of us at some point or another are guilty of this, be it […]

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A Call for Transformation

Texts: Luke 13:31-35 & Genesis 15:1-12; 17-18 Repent! Now there’s a loaded term! It’s one of those church-y type words that we hear used an awful lot, but nobody really seems to know what it means. From Acts: “Repent and be baptized, all of you!” From the first three gospels: “The kingdom of God is […]

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Temptations in the Desert

Luke 4:1-13 As many of you know, I’m a fan of science fiction and fantasy fiction of all kinds of stripes. What I love about the genre is how these types of stories, under the guise of escapism, use some very creative ways to draw us to learn something about ourselves. Ideally, our engagement with […]

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Worshipping with the Saints

Text: Revelation 21:1-6a The first day of November is called All Saints Day… for the most part it’s not a day that we celebrate all that much. We celebrate the night before quite well… for those of you who are parents or grandparents, the real challenge is to make sure our children don’t make themselves […]

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A New House

Text: 2 Samuel 7:1-17 This summer, many of the stories that come up in our seasons of readings are those of King David. A few weeks ago, we had the story of Samuel anointing the young shepherd David to be the successor to Saul’s corrupted legacy. We know the story of David and Goliath, but […]

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A Promise of Presence

Text: Jeremiah 31:27-34; Luke 18:1-8 Sitting on my shelf is a book called the “Essential Jesus” where the author takes many of the sayings of Jesus and distils them down into a format that is easy to memorize. To date, it has given me the best version of the so-called Parable of the Persistent Widow […]

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A Promise of Grace

Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-20 There is a story that author Philip Yancey tells in his book “What’s so Amazing about Grace?” It goes like this: During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions […]

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A Promise of Life

Text: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20 They are perhaps the ten best known rules out of the entire Bible… or at least in name they are anyway. They have two epic films named after them. They have been used inappropriately as a theological battering ram by some, dismissed as ancient and irrelevant by others. These days, […]

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Rainbow Promises

Text: Genesis 6:9-22; 7:24; 8:14-19 When he was still teaching high school, my Dad would periodically crack jokes or one-liners as a test to see the comprehension and alertness level of his class. It hadn’t started out that way, but he found that the students that laughed often did better in English because they could […]

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