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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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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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We’re [not?] worthy!

Texts: Isaiah 6:1-8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Luke 5:1-11 There is a common theme that runs throughout many stories from the Bible for those who are called into a unique ministry… but it’s an uncomfortable one for us because it doesn’t paint a particularly rosy picture the people we regard as the pillars of our faith. […]

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A Rant on Love

Text: 1 Corinthians 13 In the months leading up to my own wedding, which is coming up to sixteen years ago, I remember attending a handful of bridal shows with Sarah. It’s a real eye-opening experience, because I began to realize how large the wedding industry has become. Everything is designed to try to put […]

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When the Wine Runs Out

John 2:1-11 ~ Jesus Turns Water into Wine The wine ran out, just when the party was about to kick into high gear. There wasn’t a whole lot to celebrate in the impoverished region of Nazareth, so everyone looked forward to a wedding. It was the one time when no expense was spared – the […]

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