Tag Archives: John the Baptist

Even among the lost

I hear Simon’s despair, tainted with frustration and even anger, when he reacts to Jesus’ instruction to put the nets in deep water to catch the fish in Lake Galilee.[1] “Master, we have worked all night long but have caught … Continue reading

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What is Jesus doing?

I have a small humidifier for my guitar. I combine special crystals with distilled water in a small tube that I insert between the strings. This helps prevent the hardwood casing of the guitar from cracking and splitting. I need … Continue reading

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Geometric power: The circle church

The architecture of church buildings, despite Christianity’s institutional decline in the Western world today, continues to draw our attention. For the most part, these are beautiful buildings, appealing to the eye whose symbols etched in paint, glass and images conveyed … Continue reading

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Pizza, sushi, pigs-in-a-blanket: It all matters

It’s an odd beginning.[1] You’d wonder why, if Matthew and Luke – and to some extent even John – begin with stories of Jesus’ birth, Mark starts his Gospel rather abruptly. And by reference to the Hebrew prophets of old. … Continue reading

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Checking our Image of God

Do you know “Good Old Uncle George”? (1) Listen to this description of what happens when a family makes a visit to Uncle George who lives in, and never really leaves, his formidable mansion. At the end of the brief … Continue reading

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No easy way up those stairs

Perhaps you know someone like Sue. Sue had Multiple Sclerosis (MS). As the disease progressed in her relatively young life, she nevertheless wanted to stay at home as long as possible. Her house, unfortunately, was not outfitted appropriately for someone … Continue reading

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Throwing snowballs to get the message across!

We threw snowballs in worship last Sunday.  Well, they weren’t exactly real snowballs. It’s Ottawa, after all, in December — and there’s still no snow on the ground! Just paper crumpled up into a ball. We’re warming up for the winter … Continue reading

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