In this final sermon of the series I have called a ‘helicopter level’ overview of the Bible we begin with John’s enigmatic, poetic, mysterious statement.
In seeking to understand the origin and meaning of our faith and its influence on our daily lives, we are engaged in an unceasing task.
We come now in our helicopter view of the Bible to the gospels – the four books that lie at the centre of our faith.
The structure of the Protestant Old Testament places five books near the middle that are called Books of Wisdom. These five books close out the historical section of the Old Testament.
In the Christian Old Testament there are 15 books named after prophets.
At their heart these stories tell us that in order for humankind to prosper we need to live together in community.
my hope is to give you a taste of some of the thinking of scholars about how and when the Bible was written, by whom and for what reasons.
I want to spend the next seven Sundays revisiting our founding tradition as it is handed down in the Bible …
We have come of age together in a new way during this time of transitional ministry.
The story also reminds me of what can happen whenever two or more are gathered in God’s name.
Those on the outside come somehow more equipped to recognize the glory of God’s love in Jesus so much more quickly than those on the inside.
Saying ‘yes’ in our own lives has the capacity to change our life.
To take heart, to be positive, to rejoice even in the midst of their own stark and precarious circumstances.
We are also called to trust in God’s presence right in the middle of being so easily distracted by the needs and demands of the festive season.
“Stand up! Lift up Your Heads, for your Redemption is coming near.”
God’s dream for the world might also become our own.
Our job? To show up, be present, be persistent in our prayers, wait patiently and attentively, with curiosity, endurance, gratitude, and grace for all that God has done and will do for us in this time and in this place. And to say ‘yes’ when the time seems right.
Two reflections for Remembrance Sunday: on scripture; and resilience – World War II through the eyes of a child in England.
Like the Christian story and our own story as a church family, the text for this morning is also a story about courage, commitment, or extreme loyalty in the face of threat.
God’s relentless invitation to sign on in new and innovative ways to be about the collaborative work of engaging with a living, loving God; one who desperately needs us to show up and to walk the talk of healing and wholeness.
Every good mother wants the best for her children, right?
If ever there was a good set of readings to really chew on, surely this morning’s readings fit the bill.
Thanksgiving Sunday is always one of my favourites in the church calendar year as we gather to give thanks and praise for the harvest. It’s one of my favourite days as we begin to notice the cooler mornings and longer nights and all this in the midst of revelling in the brilliant hues of the autumnal colours. Thanksgiving Sunday is one of my favourites because it brings back so many memories from my childhood when I attended South Burnaby United…
Being in Christian community means this: ‘if one member of the body suffers, all suffer together with it’ and ‘if one member of the body is honoured, all rejoice together with it’. (2)
For me, wholeheartedness involves plunging in to the deep end of the pool rather than tiptoeing into the water via the shallow end.
So what does it mean “to welcome” or to be a “welcoming congregation”?
Each and every one of us may be in need of a listening ear rather than a quick fix solution.
This morning’s message is the last in a series of five sermons on the Bread of Life Discourse found in the sixth chapter of the gospel according to John. Some of you will, no doubt, be heaving a huge sigh of relief. Others of you will be thinking, “Oh, no, I love the symbolism, the mystery, and the complex language and concepts found in John’s gospel”. Some of you will be saying, “I don’t want anyone to even try to…