Give to God, October 2020

I love Jesus’ response in today’s Gospel. And there’s a lot of theology going on in between what is actually said. I explored some of that and how it relates to Moses’ conversation with God. Because I think it’s all about the image of God…which points to another part of Scripture… I worked with Exodus […]

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Symbols of our Labour and Love

Happy Thanksgiving! In a year where everything, especially gratitude, can be harder, I’ve been thinking about an old knitting project and the term reified. It probably makes sense. I largely preached from the collects. You can find them on page 396-7 of the Book of Alternative Services.

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God’s Freedom

Sabbath is not something I’m necessarily good at. I remembering finding one of my schedules from High School and … I’ve never been good at Sabbath. Sabbath is rest, but not collapsing at the end of a day, or a shift. It’s having a world where you can be free to be with God. Which […]

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God and Rules

I preached my way into the realization that one of my bedrock beliefs is that God honours our struggle. And I don’t know if I remembered to say that during this sermon, but I wanted to talk about some of the struggles we tend to forget existed in the times Scripture tells us about. You […]

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Love is a verb, Sept 2020

Rules aren’t always my favourite. I can rankle against being told to just do a thing. (Understanding the reasoning why often helps this.) But community is one of my favourite things. Which means, as Jesus talks about, figuring out how to live with people who do things that I wouldn’t do. All this, plus some […]

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Safety and the Cross

With the pandemic and all the new important safety precautions, this Gospel really hit me differently this year. I’m now much more understanding of Peter. Also, wear a mask, distance, and wash your hands. I worked most closely with Matthew 16.21-28.

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Choices and Names

I don’t know that I’ve ever preached on Shiphrah and Puah. But this year their refusal to go along with Pharoah’s death plan, their instance on doing the right thing in hard and dangerous circumstances, their bravery, seemed not only important, but like the first in the series of dominos. I could imagine Moses’s mother […]

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To Dwell Together

I have long loved this Psalm. But my food oriented youtube rabbit hole had me wondering where the oil comes from. And that got me thinking about the community and theology behind this. Listen to what I said: I worked with Psalm 133 (link).

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God of Miracles

I love Peter trying and failing to walk on water. I do. But this year it wasn’t preaching for me. Instead I kept hearing this joke that’s sometimes funny and that I’ve never really liked. The work of holding it in conversation and prayer with this passage brought me to a question: Do I believe […]

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Blessed (Really)

Jacob is the hustler who probably doesn’t need to hustle. I worked most closely with Genesis 32.22-31.

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