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A Shoot from the Stump

Isaiah 11:1-10 Re-thinking the root.  Whenever we hear or read stories out of the Bible, we do so with the default settings of our own experiences layered over on them. Chances are, if we listen to the opening chapter of Genesis we probably envision the earth in the story as being round, floating in the […]

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In Days to Come

Isaiah 2:1-5 ~ Waiting Marked by Hope ‘Soon’ is very much the theme of this Advent season we’ve just begun. It’s not the season of Christmas, nor is it the season of ‘now’; Advent is the season of ‘soon’. ‘Soon’ is not a definite timetable. It’s not something you can set your watch by. In […]

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In Awe of God

Text: Ecclesiastes 3:9-22 If any of you have every tried to read Ecclesiastes all the way through, you may have found it to be a frustrating and maybe circular read. Its observations about life can certainly come across as being far more cynical and jaded than other parts of the Bible. That is deliberate. Ecclesiastes […]

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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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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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