How do you avoid jumping from one frying pan into another... wouldn't it be better to jump into something more saving? In Jim Collins' From Good To Great - he quotes CEO Darwin Smith who says, "If you have a cancer in your arm, you've got to have the guts to cut off your arm." Courageous boldness is a big part of this story. His example sheds much light on Jesus' bold words in Matthew 10:24–39 when he tells us we have loses our life for (his) sake will find it.
What is it about getting climbed on by a 3 year old that makes you feel utterly noticed in this world! A holy moment in fatherhood to give thanks for this Fathers Day! (reflection based on Lectionary Reading - Matthew 9:35—10:8)
This Pentecost Sunday (Acts 2: 1-11) our churches are also taking an opportunity to celebrate Canada's 150+. The logo for Canada 150+ pays homage to the great diversity in our history. This is also the case wiht Pentecost... in both stories, the question of how to we unify in a time of division?
It’s ironic that what is destined to save the church has been at the heart of rural community since the beginning. Lectionary Readings (Acts 17:22–31; Psalm 66:8–20; 1 Peter 3:13–22; John 14:15–21)
How is home like date squares and like Christ’s love for us. Listen and find out in this mother’s day sermon.
When Mary Magdalene first notices Jesus' disappearance, it causes her to panic and run for help. With nothing left to go on, she finds herself emotionally collapsing. Our Moderator of the United Church, the Rt. Rev. Jordan Cantwell also says, that many people think Easter is all happy and hallelujah's and yet, likely most people aren't feeling that way. So many people are in a state constant running, just trying to stay a float, and yet likely not far from crashing. When Mary lets herself crash... could it be the beginning of her rising?... and ours?
Good Friday is a sad time in our Christian calendar. I can't help but examine the passion narrative from the perspective of friendship. We all have good friendship... it's a significant part of rural culture. Christ's relationship with his disciples is also based on a deep and authentic friendship. Right up until his end, the language of relationship is central during his encounter with the High Priest and Pilate.
What exactly happens when the disciples untie the donkey? What are they preventing that donkey from becoming? And what are we preventing from happening in ourselves when we untie ourselves from the restraints that hold us back? Hint: It has something to do with Jesus and a celebration of life!
Do you sometimes think people think faith makes your life easier to the point of no suffering? The re-living we're offered by Jesus isn't easy for us and as Jesus shows Lazarus, it's not easy for him to give. In order for Jesus to offer new life, he must first go to the depths of our sadness with us, and he asks his disciples to do the same. (John 11:1-45)
Before Phife Dawg from A Tribe Call Quest, passed away we get to hear his song writing one more time on their first album in 18 years. In his opening lyrics to Whateva Will Be, he speaks lyrics that remind me of today's Gospel reading, (John 9: 1-41) where Christ brings sight to the man born blind. The Blind Man not only gains the ability to see, he also gains the ability to be seen as he now courageously speaks his heart about his situation rather than being a quiet beggar. Similary, Phife refuses to be some stereotype that serves to hold people back in a state of struggle... Forward Movement!
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