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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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Enlightenment: what is it good for?

Text: Mark 10:46-52 (a blind beggar gains sight) One of my favorite public commentators, the food critic and writer Michael Pollan recently wrote about a moment of enlightenment. In that moment, he said he was lifted out of his ego … Continue reading

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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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