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Out of silence

Texts: “Making Peace” by Denise Levertov * Luke 1:18-25 (waiting in silence) “No justice, no peace!” This slogan has been a staple at protest marches for years. It also describes the type of peace heralded by angels at the birth … Continue reading

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Finding hope in the darkness

Texts: “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver * Luke 1:1-17 (the birth of John the Baptist foretold) I have been experiencing a strange feeling of late. I think it might be . . . hope! Of course, hope is always available … Continue reading

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Back to the Garden: from war to rebellion

Texts: Revelation 22: 1-5 (the Tree of Life) and Matthew 5:43-44 (love your enemies) There are a thousand things about war that horrify or dismay us; and one of them is how popular it can be. World War One, which … Continue reading

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Theism, Non-Theism, Atheism?

Below are opening remarks I made at Mill Woods United Church on October 28, 2019 at an evening of sharing on the theme “What is God?” Why is there debate over the question “What is God?” Doesn’t the Bible, or … Continue reading

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Back to the Garden: for love or money

Text: Luke 4: 14-21 (good news for the poor) Budgets have been in the news a lot lately. Last Monday was federal election day, and deficits, debt, and taxes were hotly debated in the campaign. Should the federal government move … Continue reading

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Back to the Garden: “Bread and Roses”

Text: Luke 1: 46-55 (Mary’s song) How do you get 400,000 young people to gather on an ill-prepared dairy farm and happily spend three days in the rain and mud without adequate security, food, or bathrooms? The answer is obvious, … Continue reading

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Turning wounds into blessings

Text: Genesis 32: 21-31 (Jacob wrestles with an angel) The ancient biblical story about wounds and blessings we just heard strikes me as a strange and provocative one. I decided to focus on this snippet from the story of Jacob … Continue reading

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