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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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The wilds of our hearts

Text: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 (Jesus goes to the wilderness) Jesus was an introvert — or at least that’s the sense I get from passages like the one we just heard. In it Jesus retreats to a deserted place away from … Continue reading

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Honouring our fathers and mothers

Texts: 2 Corinthians 6:1-3 (“the day of salvation), Mark 4:35-41 (Jesus calms a storm) “Honour your father and your mother.” This is the fifth of the Ten Commandments; and today I use it for the title of a Father’s Day … Continue reading

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First (and last?) communion

Text: John 6 (selections — The Bread of Life) For some people, their first communion is also their last. This was the case for many of Jesus’ followers in today’s reading from John. After a miraculous meal that Jesus had … Continue reading

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“One for all, and all for one”

Text: John 3:1-17 (being born from above) — a sermon for “Trinity Sunday” Last week’s Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle contained many memorable moments. One feature I didn’t love was the frequency with which the Trinitarian phrase … Continue reading

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