Ode to a Faithful Church: Rewriting Proverbs 31

Every 3 years the Church reads Proverbs 31, which is a beautiful and misused passage. Three years ago, I spent time talking with parishioners about how this passage, used as a hymn of praise from a Jewish husband to his wife, would sound if we reworked it to be a song from Christ to his […]

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God who Challenges, September 2021

This sermon is about Proverbs and brainteasers. (I would say more but we got a puppy this afternoon. Also why this is going up so late tonight.) Here’s a link to the texts.

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Tradition, Care, and Struggle, August 2021

The question about handwashing just hits differently in the middle of a pandemic. Which can’t be a whole sermon. But it did help shape this sermon. Listen: I worked most closely with Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23.

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Raise them Up, August 2021

I kept hearing this hymn in my head every time I read this passage. It’s a favourite of mine and very clearly drawn from this text. Which lead to some other trips through earlier thoughts I’ve had about this passage. I worked most closely with John 6.34 41-51.

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Abundance among groups, July 2021

Here’s a little behind-the-scenes that would never have turned into a sermon: Ever since learning that in John, Jesus asks people questions to see if they are ready to better know him, all I can think of for a second is how during our midweek lectionary bible study, I’ll ask people what they know about […]

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Questions, July 2021

This week this lovely rich passage became about the questions Jesus’s hometown poses for him and how he responds because I have a lot of questions as our province enters a very open stage and St Paul’s is in the early stages of planning to resume in-building worship. I worked most closely with Mark 6.1-13.

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Help that Helps, June 2021

For perhaps the better, I didn’t think of it this way until after Church, but this could be the story of Jesus approving of side quests. (If that doesn’t make sense, that’s why it’s probably for the best. I love this story. Admittedly, I love most stories in the Bible, but this is probably top […]

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Help our Neighbours, June 2021

Sunday was a first. My computer decided to suddenly shut down in the middle of my sermon. I’m very thankful that the lovely people at St Paul’s responded to my sudden disappearance with calm patience. (This was, of course, live on the internet. Yay?) Thanks to the miracle of edited audio files, below is a […]

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Trees Planted by Streams of Water, Easter 2021

I usually don’t preach from the Psalms because while I love them, they are a little slippery. I love Psalm 1, especially the language about the righteous being like trees planted by streams of water. I worked most closely with Psalm 1.

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God is There, Easter 2021

I really love Peter and Cornelius’s story. It’s intricate–definitely too intricate for a lectionary reading–and so worth knowing. Knowing the whole story really helps give shape to how we follow Jesus’s command to love one another. I worked with Acts 10.44-48 and John 15.9-17. You can find the lectionary readings here and all of Acts […]

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