Sermons on Faith
Summary There’s fellow who was crossing the iced river – terrified – down on all fours – when a cart laden with lumber hauled by 6 great galloping Clydesdales came bursting out of the undergrowth, and onto the ice! The point is that the thickness of the ice had nothing to do with the depth of his faith. All his faith could do is decide is how confidently he was going to be making the crossing. That, in a sense,…
For me, wholeheartedness involves plunging in to the deep end of the pool rather than tiptoeing into the water via the shallow end.
to simply live to praise God’s goodness, bask in God’s love, celebrate God’s presence and know all is well even in uncertain times.
Every synagogue has a Ner Tamid, an Eternal Light that hangs somewhere above the Ark, where the Torah is kept. But the synagogue where I grew up in Phoenix was special. It had two Eternal Lights: one soft, glowing, golden one set high up in the towering Ark, and a bigger, brighter one like a traveler’s lamp that hung from the ceiling. We got the bigger one because people who visited our synagogue kept complaining that we didn’t have a…
Go and do that which is still left undone to do.
This is Good News for us because it means that God is with us wherever we go, that God joins us in every venture God calls us to, and that God indeed will provide.
If every time we gathered in this sanctuary we knew, with some level of confidence if not certainty, that the risen Christ was really present, not just as an idea or source of inspiration, but really present like on the Emmaus road.
Faith is not the opposite of doubt. Doubt can be part of faith.
God is bigger than our science, and God is bigger than our theorizing about God, and we must not let those things — our thoughts and categories — blind us to what God is doing among us.
Like the woman at the well, I too have a past that I am reluctant to speak of.
Lent is a season that brings our identity as Christians into conflict with our identity as consumer-citizens.
Our faith story tells us that what is impossible for us is possible for God.
Sometimes things get in the way of our shining. Our light gets hidden under one or another bushel basket.
The cross reminds us that we are not called to self-sufficiency, and we are not called to worldly success. We are called to solidarity with the God who meets us on the cross in Jesus.
As we listen to the Gospel story of the shepherds, there’s one question that comes to my mind: why them?
We can bring our questions, we can bring our challenges, but then the other side of the bargain here is that we also need to be willing to listen to what Scripture has to say to us.
This is my final Sunday with you as your Sabbatical minister and I want to say how much the last four months have meant to me, and what an honour it has been to be with you. I have been warmly welcomed by everyone and have had engaging conversations with many of you. While I was not a stranger to this congregation before May, I have certainly gotten to know you much better over this summer, and I count that…
In the 1950s Disney movie Pollyanna Karl Malden plays a fire and brimstone preacher. In a scene that holds a certain appeal for me at least, we see him climbing into a high pulpit, taking a deep breadth and then thundering out at the congregation, “Death comes unexpectedly.” He proceeds to deliver a fire and brimstone sermon that could have been inspired by this morning’s scripture passage. “I came to bring fire to the earth and how I wish it…
The Book of Hebrews, from which today’s text comes, is in the form of a sermon, written to encourage the early Christian community of Jerusalem, which was suffering severely under Roman persecution. The timing is very likely a scant year or two before the first Jewish/Roman war, which culminated in the year 70 with the destruction of the city and the Temple that stood at the centre of the Judean religion. This text was written to give strength and support…
Last week our text outlined the challenges that face those who follow Jesus. This week we continue reading in Luke’s gospel as he recounts Jesus’ instructions to the seventy followers he sends out. Jesus says there is a plentiful harvest, but does that mean that the people they meet are a crop to be picked, put in a basket and sold? I’m not sure.
Can we stop defending ourselves against this powerful and beautiful story, can we suspend our disbelief, and instead allow the Story to transform us and our living in the world?
As we look back to the story of Abraham and Sarah, and the story of the meeting Jesus on the road, we think of our “road trip.”
Our believing and our belonging are meant to go deeper over time, to give shape to our lives and to our church.
We are meant to love radically, passionately, beyond all limits and beyond all sense, because this is what God does.
How can we use Lent to rediscover God in our life?
What Jesus is calling us to is a radical trust, a willingness to accept that we may not know what is best, for ourselves or for others, but that God does.