Sermons by Rev. Dr. John Burton
It is that restored world that God promises through the words of the prophet
Hospitality shared with a stranger, with joy, is encountering God.
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 …
Haida Gwaii is an example of a sabbath place.
What is required is not that we be rescued from above when we are in need, but that we share the strength and the resources that God has given us to care for each other.
At the heart of this story is the question of who’s in and who’s out. How does any social group decide who’s part of ‘us’ and who belongs to ‘the other’.
The exuberant parade of palms that marks the beginning of Holy Week is, when you stop and think about it, a strange episode in the story of Christ’s Passion.