Author Archives: iankellogg2014

Back to the Garden: Life Together

Text: Acts 2:42-47 and Hebrews 13: 1-3, 16 (sharing in common)  What kind of community do we want? What kind of church are we building? And what kind of city, country, and world do we want to live in? Today … Continue reading

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Back to the Garden

Text: Genesis 2-3 (Adam and Eve expelled from the Garden) Ten years ago today, I began full-time ministry. On Tuesday September 1, 2009, I stepped into the office at Knox United Church in Didsbury Alberta for the first time. I … Continue reading

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Don’t just do something, sit there!

Submission to the May “Connections” newsletter of Mill Woods United This reflection borrows its title from a 1996 book by American meditation teacher, Sylvia Boorstein. As I begin a three-month sabbatical, I have adopted her phrase as a touchstone. Boorstein … Continue reading

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“You Deserve a Break Today!”

Texts: Genesis 1: 1-5, 26, 31, Genesis 2: 1-3 (the first, sixth, and seventh days); Exodus 20: 8-11 (“Remember the Sabbath”) What does keeping the Sabbath mean for us today? In a 24/7 world in which competition between corporations and … Continue reading

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The everlasting instant

Text: Mark 16:1-8 (the empty tomb) Easter Sunday confronts us with big issues like the meaning of suffering and death; the nature of resurrection and the mysteries of eternity. Most ministers choose to hear the story of the empty tomb … Continue reading

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“Torn in two” — temples, cathedrals, and us

Text: Mark 14 and 15 (the trials and execution of Jesus) Good Friday came early this year. For me, it came on Monday when I heard of the fire in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Notre Dame is one of … Continue reading

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Confronting evil

Text: John 12:1-8 (Jesus is anointed for burial) Are you ready for Good Friday? Lent is a season in which we metaphorically journey with Jesus to Jerusalem and prepare for the passion of Good Friday. This morning on the fifth … Continue reading

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