Sermons

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God's Reign and Climate Change

In the world Jesus belongs to, the ultimate commitment is to truth. “For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.”... there is no more important question of truth in the world now, and no more fiercely contested question of truth (at least in North America), than the question... Read More

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The Narrow, Winding Road to Life

Jesus is reported to have said, “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” From that passage, we get the phrase, “the strait and narrow,” not straight (like the path of an arrow), but strait (meaning a narrow entryway, like the Strait of Gibraltar). The way... Read More

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Re-Membering Our Future

The poem “In Flanders’ Fields,” which we heard earlier, contains the line, “take up our quarrel with the foe.” I wonder sometimes who that foe is, with whom we are supposed to take up the quarrel. Apparently Dr. John McRae, the author of that poem, told his chaplain that he did not think of the foe as the German... Read More

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A Broken, Holy Hallelujah

My title for this sermon is drawn from Leonard Cohen’s wonderful song Hallelujah, in which he sings of a holy and a broken Hallelujah, a cold and a broken Hallelujah. He sings of how hallelujahs emerge from the ordinary aspects of human existence, from flawed and strained relationships. And yet they are still... Read More

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Umbilical Living

Each of us carries with us every day of our lives a reminder of this state of grace in which we live. It is known as the bellybutton, the navel or the umbilicus. The navel is a scar that serves absolutely no purpose other than to remind us that once, we received all of our nourishment from the cord which was once... Read More

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Living a Meaningful Life

This is a presentation made as part of the World Religions Conference at Red Deer College on October 22, 2018. Presentations were also made by Humanist, Jewish and Muslim leaders. "A sense of the meaning of life is not like a possession that we can acquire and carry around in our back pocket; rather, it is more... Read More

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Wondering Where I'm Bound

This is a presentation made as part of an Interfaith Dialogue, held as part of the Aging Well series at Sunnybrook United Church in October, 2018 There is a song we sing in the United Church that celebrates how God accompanies us in each stage of the life cycle: I was there to hear your borning cry; I was there in... Read More

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Of Sheep and Goats

When we move past a simple charity response, to building relationships with impoverished people, one of the things we discover is that we also gain a great deal ourselves. We have a sense of having encountered something truly holy. We discover in our relationships of compassion and solidarity that we are not just... Read More

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Overflowing Thanksgiving

Without the sense that things could be different, that we could easily be the person who fell among thieves, unless we learn not to take all the blessings in our lives for granted, we will never know either thanksgiving or kindness. And without the overflowing thanksgiving that splashes out kindness, without... Read More

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What is Salvation?

What is salvation? There are some strange understandings of salvation that are widely held in Christian circles. But at its root, salvation is God's work of healing a broken creation. In both English and the languages of the Bible, salvation is related to the words for healing and wholeness. Our word salve, which... Read More