The “Good” Samaritan?

Text: Luke 10:25-37 There is a real problem with familiarity. Stories that are simply part of the cultural consciousness, it seems pointless to retell them, because everybody knows them. Many Biblical stories fall into this category, tales that are so familiar that even people who are not familiar with Christian traditions are aware of them. […]

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Appreciating the Common Miracle

Text: 2 Kings 5:1-14 What does a miracle look like? It’s a powerful and important question, and far more relevant today than we realize. A common theme throughout my preaching is helping us realize we have more in common with the characters in the Bible than we realize. But because of time, or maybe an […]

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Feeling Ready

Text: 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 One of my big roles in being a parent is being the one to get up when one of our kids calls out in the middle of the night. Megan is now long past it, but Ian, well, I can usually guarantee that if we have pizza for supper, at […]

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How we Connect with God

Text: Romans 5:1-5 Some of you might remember me sharing this story. When I was a student in Vancouver, I offered to run a Bible study at the church that I was presently attending. I was still in school, studying for my M.Div. and thought that this might be a good and healthy experience… That […]

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The Bound King

John 18:31-38 It’s such a weird mix of images. Today is Reign of Christ Sunday, the last day of worship before Advent begins… it is in all respects New Year’s Eve for Christians. Throughout the year we have walked through all the different seasons of the church, anticipating the coming of Christ, celebrating his arrival […]

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Truth, Freedom, and Reformation

Text: John 8:31-36 One of the things that I have really enjoyed about the Bible and history seminars that I have been doing over the past few years, is those who come really appreciate the work that I’ve been doing to give the historical background as to how the Bible came together. It’s interesting to […]

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Who Made Who?

Texts: Mark 10:35-45 At some point early on in my career, I stumbled across a saying that I try to take to heart every week when preparing sermons. It is a real caution, and a reminder of the responsibility that comes with this pulpit every week. The saying is quite simple, really… but its implications […]

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Sending

James 5:13-20 One of the most difficult things I had to do in my early career was to convince the church I served at that a children’s program that they had invested in wasn’t working. It was my first pastoral charge, and those who were involved in this were very enthusiastic, because it really did […]

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Gathering

Mark 8:27-38 & James 3:1-17 It has been almost 22 years since I was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament. No, I don’t have an anniversary coming up soon, that’s in February. Rather, early in the summer I found myself reflecting and meditating on the preamble to the ordination vows that I took. […]

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