Very Dear, October 2020

I was really taken by Paul’s tone in 1 Thessalonians. It really felt like a peek into a close and loving relationship. Then, during Bible Study this week, I started to wonder, what if this was were we based our evangelism. Or maybe it already was… I worked most closely with 1 Thessalonians 2.1-8.

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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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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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Parables of the Ludicrous

Today’s Gospel is the collection of all of the short parables from Matthew 13. I have never enjoyed preaching on these parables as much as this year. Because, after ten years of ordained life, I finally feel like I began to understand some of what Jesus is teaching in here. I worked most closely with […]

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Nephesh

St Paul can be a difficult theologian for me. His writings about women and leadership aside, I’ve often struggled when Paul veers into interpretations that have been harmfully used and contrary to historic understandings of Scripture. After this week, I think I need to trust Paul’s theological thinking more. I worked with Matthew 13.24-30 36-43, […]

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Faithfully Enough

Even though this is the parable that Jesus explains, I love all the ways it remains open to interpretation. This year, especially with the lack of appropriate treatments and healthcare and social contact, the freedom the sower has to use so much seed was especially intriguing. Here’s what I said: I worked most closely with […]

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