Monthly Archives: August 2011

Sunset over the Ottawa River at Petawawa

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Why We Need Not Be Afraid – Part Four /Pentecost 11A – The Cross

Matthew 16:21-28 The late Canadian federal politician, Jack Layton, in his final words written in a letter to all Canadians, wrote: “Hope is better than fear.” He wrote those words less than 48 hours before he would succumb to the … Continue reading

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Why We Need Not Be Afraid – Part Three /Pentecost 10A – Tradition

“Look to the rock from which you were hewn …” Isaiah 51:1ff I know. I know. “Tradition” is not exactly the first word that comes to mind as a reason NOT to be afraid. For some people – perhaps younger … Continue reading

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Why We Need Not Be Afraid – Part Two / Pentecost 9A – Gift

After a busy week of Vacation Bible School, the memories still brimming to the surface are, as you can imagine, working with and relating to the children. What do children teach us? For one thing, they can honestly express their … Continue reading

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Why We Need Not Be Afraid – Part One / Pentecost 8A – Presence

please read Matthew 14:22-33 “Don’t be afraid!” My reaction to this command ranges from downright denial to a self-amplified machismo to blatant disregard for the truth: “Afraid of what?” “Me, afraid? Nawwh!” “There’s nothing to be afraid of!” “Don’t be … Continue reading

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