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Prayer as Lament – Advent sermon series 3

Traditionally, the Third Sunday of Advent is known as Gaudete Sunday, a command to rejoice! Be joyful! In all the furtive busy-ness of getting ready for the big day, in all the running around and striving to check off everything … Continue reading

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Mistaken identity

This morning I preach at Merrickville (Ontario) United Church, as part of a pulpit exchange. Today Merrickville United Church celebrates its annual Anniversary Sunday. Thank you for welcoming me to speak at your anniversary Sunday celebration. Anniversaries are about celebrating who we … Continue reading

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Lent begins again: Why?

We begin a journey of some forty days, which mirrors Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). We continue to observe the season of Lent, year after year, as we approach the most holy of Christian days — Easter, … Continue reading

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The life-giving gap

“Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water?” (James 3:11) The writer, James, makes a case for integrity and authenticity in the Christian life. For us moderns, living in a day and age where … Continue reading

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Window panes

A retired pastor gave a group I was with last week some sage advice from a professor telling seminary graduates how to be ‘out there’ in parish land. Afterward I thought this may be helpful food-for-thought not only for public … Continue reading

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