December 15, 2019 – Advent JOY

Mary, how can you sing? How can you possibly sing? Poor, pregnant and unmarried, how, Mary, can you sing? How can you sing when your life’s been turned upside down? How can you sing when you know that you will always have to deal with the whispers of the so called virgin who became pregnant even before her marriage took place? Read more →

December 8, 2019 – Advent PEACE

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.  Those are the words of John the Baptist, the voice of the one crying out in the wilderness.  Dressed in camel’s hair, eating an early version of the Keto diet of locusts and wild honey, if you ever wanted someone to scare you into repentance, John would have been the one. Read more →

December 1, 2019 – Advent HOPE

As we begin this season of Advent, I will begin each Sunday with a story from the news that concerns our theme.  On this the first Sunday of Advent, our theme is hope.  The opposite of hope is despair.  I want to begin by reading from the Vancouver Sun this week a story of despair so that by the end of this sermon we might also understand how we can be a people of hope as an Advent people. Read more →

November 27, 2019 – Deep with Christ our King

It’s the last Sunday of the church year, the Reign of Christ the King. I hadn’t planned to begin a sermon on the Reign of Christ by speaking about Don Cherry, but the issue fits so well, so here goes. If you live in Canada, you’d have to have been living under a rock not to know the national outrage around the comments made by Don Cherry just before Remembrance Day. Read more →

October 27, 2019 – Grace is Wider than Judgment

Stories invite us to identify with a character and parables are no different. When we hear a parable, our inclination is to identify with someone, some character, in the parable. It might be the Good Samaritan, or the Prodigal Son, but we tend to identify with someone. This morning we hear the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, and our identification seems a foregone conclusion. Read more →