Indelible, Baptism of Jesus 2021

I love Baptism. I love the Baptismal Covenant. I have also come to love this little group of believers Paul encounters in our Acts reading. I think they have some wisdom for us in this long time without sacraments. I worked most closely with Acts 19. 1-7.

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Come Down Lord, Advent 2020

I love Advent. It is a season that invites us to hope that God is not only still active in our world but will again join us in our world when Jesus returns. The plea in Isaiah for God to act in a world that is unjust sits so poignantly in the middle of the […]

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Surprising Good Guys, November 2020

A New Testament professor taught me that parables should surprise us. Not in a jump-scare sort of surprise, but in a way the reveals to us the work God is interested and involved in. Today’s parable hasn’t surprised me for awhile. So I dug into it this week and, as I’d hoped, God was still […]

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Knit Together, All Saints 2020

One of the ways I’m staying sane in through this pandemic is by knitting more. And it’s amazing to me how well the things even I make hold together because of the physics of knitting. Today we pray that God’s people are knit together. I had some thoughts about that: I worked most closely with […]

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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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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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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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