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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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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