Tag Archives: Gospel

Conversations – Children’s Ministry

In recent years and with increasing awareness, it’s evident that a fresh, creative approach to children’s ministry is needed. We stand, really, at a crossroads with how we do this work. An opportunity stands before us. And an important question … 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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Value-added, Christians in the world

Love is not a gooey, “Come, kiss my boo-boo because I hurt myself.” Love is not a warm-fuzzy blanket to wrap yourself when you’re feeling blue. Love is not Valentine’s Day chocolates wrapped up in a big red bow. That … Continue reading

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God in Acts

In Mark Burnett’s recent visual adaptation of the entire Bible, some scenes from Jesus’ passion still stand out for me. Weeks have passed since the dramatic events of Holy Week and Easter. So, I ask you, to rewind the tape … Continue reading

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The musical performance

“You are witnesses of these things,” Jesus tells his followers.[1] What does it mean, ‘to be a witness’ to all that happened around Jesus over two thousand years ago? How can we be a witness to these things with which … Continue reading

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Easter: what is life-giving

When Sherlock Holmes and John Watson go tent camping for the first time, the two detectives unexpectedly encounter a ‘mystery.’ They hike deep into the woods all day until they find the ideal place to pitch their tent. They start … Continue reading

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The will of God – creation,incarnation,passion – March 25

In both Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’ and, more recently, Mark Burnett’s ‘The Bible’, the devil stands by watching Jesus’ moments of agony. Contemporary Jesuit writer, James Martin, SJ, describes three temptations facing Jesus during his Passion: The … Continue reading

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