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December 4, 2016 – Advent 2

On Thanksgiving night, after we had eaten our fill and retired to my parents’ living room, my brother Eric announced, “I want to adopt a Canada Lynx.” “Oh..?” I responded as neutrally as I could, trying very hard not to reveal that I thought he’d lost his mind, the turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes had…

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November 20, 2016 Christ the King

During the Bible study at Wednesday’s Eucharist, I was delighted when someone looked at me, confused, and asked, “Why are we suddenly back on Good Friday?!” The lectionary does some funny things around this last Sunday of Pentecost, known as Christ the King Sunday.  I pushed the question back onto the group, “So why do…

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November 13, 2016

We have a beautiful building in which to worship here—people often comment to me about it. It’s not just the visual appearance; there is a sense of holiness that has seeped into the walls because of all the prayers that have been prayed here over generations. Imagine if I said to you, “Well, yes, it…

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All Saints Sunday November 6, 2016

All Saints Sunday—at least the way I observe it—is a combination of both All Saints and All Souls. A day to remember the “great cloud of witnesses” who surround us. People whose lives were so extraordinary that we remember their names even now, hundreds, even thousands of years later. Saints like Augustine of Hippo and…

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Reformation Sunday, October 30, 2016

Today is Reformation Sunday, the day when we celebrate that 499 years ago, Martin Luther pounded his 95 Theses into the door at the church in Wittenberg, launching a series of events that ultimately led to the church in Germany (and eventually several other countries, including England) breaking with the church in Rome. Except he…

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October 16, 2016

Have you ever thought about how much of Jesus’ teaching was done through the use of parables? Rather than put forward a complicated philosophical treatise, he would tell a story to make his point. Stories which were usually multi-layered, and kept you thinking about them and discovering something new in them every time you went…

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October 9, 2016

I often wish we celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October, at the same time as our Canadian cousins to the north. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and if we celebrated it now, instead of late November, it might allow us to stay true to the spirit of the day. We might remain focused…

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October 2, 2016

I so rarely preach on the psalm that in my preparation for Sunday, I tend to overlook it. So I hadn’t really noticed which one we were saying until I sat down to really dig into the readings on Tuesday. I was so concerned by what I saw before me that I called over here…

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September 25, 2016

One of the little quirks about being a clergyperson is that people are eager to share jokes with you, but they are also cautious about which ones they share. People think they need to be ‘clean’ (even though some of the naughtiest jokes I’ve ever heard were told by clergy!), and people seem to think…

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September 18, 2016

20-something years ago, a group of Biblical scholars gathered at what they called the Jesus Seminar. They sought to determine the “authentic” sayings of Jesus in the Gospels and those that were passed through some sort of “filter”—be it a person, or a community or simply the effects of time and distance. The scholars used…

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