Monthly Archives: August 2015

What’s so good about death?!

Text: Mark 8:27-38 (“Take up your cross”) What dies with Jesus on the cross? Everything. For me, the cross is a symbol of the death of all that stands between us and God: things like addictions, nationalism, and ancient beliefs … Continue reading

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“Draw it wider still . . .”

Text: Mark 7:24-37 (Jesus confronted by a Gentile woman) There are many different ways to view the stories of Jesus. In reflecting on today’s reading in which Jesus is confronted by a non-Jewish woman, I use the lens of old … Continue reading

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Waiting for Kairos

Text: 2 Corinthians, selections from chapters 3 and 4 Were any of you like me last week? Did you spend long hours glued to your computer watching the public sessions of the meeting of the General Council of the United … Continue reading

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Bursting at the seams

Text: Mark 2:13-22 (new wine and old wineskins) Last Thursday, Comedy Central broadcast the final episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart; and to my surprise, watching it made me think about the “new wine” of God’s realm that … Continue reading

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Hard teachings and strange practices

Text: John 6 (the Bread of Life) Fourteen years ago, I surprised myself by returning to Sunday worship in east Toronto. I enjoyed being part of Kingston Road United Church and I liked the services. But I hesitated to take … Continue reading

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