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Discerning Mission today

I’m offering the following reflection to members of our congregational council prior to a conversation we hope to have around discerning a mission focus at Faith Lutheran. I invite your responses, too! A missional theology for the 21st century I … Continue reading

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Grace precedes

Everyone was excited, but not sure what it was all about. In the centre of the room was a big box of balloons that had not been blown up yet. The team leader asked each person to pick a balloon, … Continue reading

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Questioning for the truth

Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” (John 18:34) Well over a hundred times in the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) Jesus asks a question. Jesus, the Teacher, does not give … Continue reading

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The glory: Worth the sacrifice?

I commend to you the reflection entitled “Storied Stones” (Nov 2015) written by Karoline Lewis, Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, found at workingpreacher.org. What follows here is basically her wording with some addition … 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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Diversity in unity: A Reformation sermon

Of all that can be said about the tragic events of October 22, 2014 at the War Memorial and Parliament Hill, one thing we can agree on: something changed. In the aftermath of the shootings, we are still figuring out … Continue reading

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Cross directions

In response to the changing realities of the church, the Eastern Synod this year is making a significant change to the way it organizes itself for ministry and mission No longer will there be Conferences — like the Ottawa / … Continue reading

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