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funeral sermon in Advent: Faith in the Night

From the Gospel of John, the first chapter (v.5.9): “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it … The true light, which enlightens everyone, is coming into the world.” These days, we walk in darkness. … Continue reading

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Behold, I prepare the way!

“Behold, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me … “ (Malachi 3:1). It was the day after my birthday at the end of October, that the tree arrived. Much earlier than I expected all the way … Continue reading

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funeral sermon – Epiphany

Something of eternal consequence had already started the day before Derry died. As is customary in the weekly bible study at Faith, we take turns reading the scripture for the day. And we read that same scripture over three times, … Continue reading

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Christmas – God goes home

Were you home for Christmas? It is customary to be at home, or go home, for Christmas. For some, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without being home. And, in this meaning, ‘home’ refers to a specific, geographic location, a space usually … Continue reading

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Christmas – God comes anyway

Do you remember ‘grumpy old uncle Stan’? Eleven-year-old Nadia couldn’t believe that her recluse uncle fell asleep under the Christmas tree during the family gift exchange. He snored louder than any squeals of joy from other family opening presents. Nadia … Continue reading

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Christmas – God blesses the dirt

Why do we celebrate Christmas? What is the reason we pull all the stops to mark this annual tradition in our lives? As is the case when defining something, we can start by saying what it isn’t. So, Christmas is … Continue reading

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The unknown journal of Ebenezer Scrooge

After attending the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) theatre performance of Charles Dickens’ classic tale “A Christmas Carol” last week, I wondered: What if Scrooge kept a daily journal? So, in my journal this week, I wrote this imaginative piece entitled, … Continue reading

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