Monthly Archives: August 2017

The [Two] Ways of Forgiveness

Luke 6:37-38; Luke 11:1-4 How do you ask someone if they’re a Christian? The line I usually use is, “Do you have a church you go to?”  I like this approach because I don’t want to assume that someone isn’t already going to church before I invite them to my own.  But I also find […]

Anticipating Totality

John 1:1-5 The Lectionary – the traditional church calendar – has us read the first chapter of John at Christmastime, which also happens to be right about the winter solstice.  I find it beautifully symbolic.  When we have the fewest daylight hours of the year we Christians pause to reflect on how “the light shines […]

A Prayer After Charlottesville

What happened in Virginia this week is terrible – terrible in the disregard for human life that started it, and terrible in the violence that has escalated from it. Sometimes, when I see events like this unfold, I begin to nurture a judging hate for those responsible. I call them names; I don’t want to […]

What Fear Does to Faith

Matthew 14:22-33 When I was a teenager in youth group, I loved to hang out with the adult counsellors. I hung around them so much… that they’d occasionally tell me they were having a private “staff meeting,” no youth allowed. You’ve already guessed what took me years to realize: there were no “staff meetings,” just […]