Author Archives: iankellogg2014

The refiner’s fire

Text: Mark 10:35-45 (a second baptism) Does spiritual growth have to involve suffering? Does following Jesus always imply pain and loss? In the conversation involving James, John and Jesus that we heard today, Jesus uses the metaphors of cup and … Continue reading

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Worry and toil

Text: Matthew 6:25-33 (“the birds of the air”) As a child, I was charmed by the words of Jesus we just heard. He says that we should be like birds and wildflowers that neither worry nor toil. But despite the … Continue reading

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Harvests of justice

Text: 2 Corinthians 9:10-15 (harvests of justice) Harvest 2018 has been underway for weeks, and cold and wet weather has meant it has not always gone smoothly. We pray that the weather may yet allow most of the crop to … Continue reading

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Breathing love

Text: Matthew 25:31-46 (the parable of the sheep and goats) What inspires people to join a community like Mill Woods United? What moves us to sing and pray together on Sunday mornings? Why do we give time and energy to … Continue reading

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Both sides now

Text: 1 Corinthians: 13 (faith, hope and love) Paul writes that there are three things that last — faith, hope and love. One might question why he only lists three things. But when he goes on to say that love … Continue reading

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Hope against hope

Hope is central to the church. In First Corinthians, Paul upholds three spiritual virtues – faith, hope and love; and although he notes that love is the greatest of these, hope is still central. Hope is so central to our … Continue reading

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Climate of fear

Text: Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus stills a storm) Despite an autumn-like chill in Alberta this Labour Day weekend, summer 2018 has been hot. All-time record temperatures have been broken around the world, including in Calgary. Heat waves have been longer than … Continue reading

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