Author Archives: iankellogg2014

Surprised by joy

Text: Luke 1:57-80 (the birth of John the Baptist) The joys of Christmas come easily to my mind – things like family meals, expressions of love and affection, child-like delight in trees and candles, gift-giving, music, chocolates. But Advent joy … Continue reading

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Think globally, act locally

Text: Luke 1:26-38 (the birth of Jesus foretold) — Context: a service focusing on reconciliation with Canada’s First Nations What would you say is the most pressing issue facing Canada’s First Nations? Someone like me who often has his head … Continue reading

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The gestation of hope

Text: Luke 1:1-25 (the birth of John the Baptist foretold) One of the ideas that I’m discussing with the Ministry and Personnel Committee for a sabbatical in 2019 is a silent retreat. I have never experienced one, although I know … Continue reading

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Judgement and truth

Text: John 18:33-38 (“What is truth?”) The conversation between Jesus and Pilate in today’s reading has a modern ring to it. Pilate is the Roman governor in Jerusalem, and he is interrogating Jesus on the day we call Good Friday. … Continue reading

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Poetry and history

Text: Mark 13:1-8 (the destruction of the Temple) “When the Bible is historically accurate, it is so only by accident.” So said Northrop Frye, the famous literary critic and United Church of Canada minister. He continued: “reporting was not of … Continue reading

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Remembering forward

Text: Mark 12:28-34 (the greatest commandment) The Greatest Commandment, Jesus says, is to love God and neighbour. Today, on the centennial of the end of World War One, I remember how some of our ancestors were able to obey this … Continue reading

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Wealth management

Text: Mark 12:38-44 (a poor widow’s offering) Last year when I turned 60, I started thinking more seriously about retirement. I calculated the savings Kim and I have; thought about the best time to apply for CPP; estimated the value … Continue reading

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