Tag Archives: Gospel

Behold, I bring you joy!

God came into the world at night. The message of God’s action was conveyed by a heavenly host in the dark: “Behold, I bring you tidings of great joy …”[1] Today, in the season of Advent at literally the darkest … Continue reading

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“Behold!”

“Behold!” is an old English word that appears often in some English translations of the Bible. It is not a word that commands belief, per se. Neither is it a word that merely wants to catch your passing attention. Rather, … Continue reading

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Remembrance Day Centennial

One of the reasons I wear my poppy year after year leading up to Remembrance Day, is to remind myself that freedom has a cost. And that cost is not just ‘a drop in the bucket,’ spare change for which … Continue reading

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We the Saints

Death will be no more … for the first things have passed away… ‘See, I am making all things new.’ (Revelation 21:1-6a) Who are the saints? And, who cares? I recall an image of running the Boston marathon described by … Continue reading

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Funeral sermon for an African-Canadian: Room for all

‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if … Continue reading

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The great un-doing

This past week I heard from someone how they overcame their addiction to smoking. A middle-aged man, he said he had been a smoker for many years until he started feeling the ill-effects of the habit. He had tried many … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving not a 1-day event

Thanksgiving is not a one-day event. Canadian Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. Even so, we know that for many of us in Ottawa feeling thankful is not easy at this time. Especially in the aftermath of the tornadoes, what about … Continue reading

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