God Chooses Us, Palm Sunday 2020

With the kids we talked about Palms and how people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem and some of the ways we can welcome Jesus.  Then in the sermon, as a part 2, I preached on God’s preferential option and God chooses us, in all the complexity and potential sorrow of humanity. Most of my parish has […]

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Out of the Depths, Lent 2020

The lectionary, from which we get our Sunday readings, has been super on point recently.  If you, like me and so many others, have been asking the hard questions about what to do in times of trouble and where God is when we are sad and overwhelmed, these are readings for us. I worked with […]

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Sense at the End, Lent 2020

At Christmas and Easter I usually note that I preach on the theology of the day more than the lections.  This sermon may need a “preached during a global pandemic” note. The blind man and Jesus have this messy encounter.  What wisdom can they teach us about how to live faithfully through this messy time? […]

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Water from a Rock, Lent 3 2020

St Paul’s, as part of The Diocese of Edmonton, canceled public worship until the end of the month.  In the decade or so of recording and posting my sermons, I’ve learned that even just hearing the sermon can be an important point of contact for people who can’t, for a variety of reasons, come to […]

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Break Yokes of Injustice, February 2020

With Lent in only a few weeks, I was easily fascinated by Isaiah’s proclamation about the kind of fast God wants.  I still don’t know what I’m giving up for Lent, but the question of how my choice affects those around me is one I’ll hold onto while I search for an answer. I worked […]

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Presentations, February 2020

When the Feast of the Presentation is on the same day as your Annual Meeting, you get to preach on Mary, Joseph, and all the things your parish offers to God. I worked most closely with Luke 2.22-40. Listen:

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Bruised Reeds, Baptism of the Lord 2020

A core part of my faith, my ordination, and my approach to the world is the Baptismal Covenant.  So I always love preaching on baptism and the Sunday’s when we reaffirm our baptismal vows.  And always feel like I haven’t done the job I’d like to.  In the Scriptures for the day, I was particularly […]

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Good-bye 2010’s: The numbers lie

I avoided Facebook for most of last week.  The collections of accomplishments for the year or the decade are…I can’t.  It’s too tempting to write one, to blend in.  And too easy to feel like I’m lying when I think about what wouldn’t be on it. Please understand that it has been a fabulous decade […]

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