Author Archive

Partnership

October 6, 2019

I am now on the other side of the communion table. What I see and hear are different from presiding at the table. Instead of an assemblage of heads, I see a cup and a loaf of bread. Instead of the memorized ritual of holy communion, I …( read more )

Location

September 21, 2019

Identifying a location for loved ones who have passed away is important. Some obituaries include the words "He/She went to be with the Lord." The suggestion is that someone left this world to locate with someone somewhere else. A reaction …( read more )

Expect The Unexpected

September 9, 2019

The age of being politically correct is a struggle for some people. Ways of speaking and behaving have changed and are changing. The second great commandment — "You shall love your neighbour as yourself" (Matthew 22:39 NRSV) — is the …( read more )

The Gift Of Hospitality

August 31, 2019

In 1948, J. Calvin Reid published a collection of stories under the title Birdlife in Wington. Wington is an imaginary town, and all the characters are birds with very human qualities. One of my favourite Wington stories is about a …( read more )

Grief Skills

August 18, 2019

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) buried his wife and two children in 1840. Grief paralyzed him. He gave up composing. The days were dark, and the nights were worse. Visits from his music agent did not help. As one of his visits was ending and …( read more )

A Modern Parable

August 1, 2019

Margaret Fishback Powers is the author of the poem Footprints in the Sand. The poem appears on pillows, cups, and posters. The theme of the poem is that Jesus is the caring one. Lillian Daniel has a contemporary version of a similar …( read more )

The Benefit Of Christmas

December 1, 2015

Advent begins the countdown to Christmas. In the church, Advent marks the beginning of a new year. Similarly, the Jewish new year and the Chinese new year do not align with the first of January — the new year on our ordinary calendars. …( read more )

Working Together

November 20, 2015

During his recent visit to the United States, Pope Francis said the following in his address to Congress: The challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much good throughout the …( read more )

On Being Still

October 25, 2015

There is an old preacher's story about the little girl who brought her friend to worship with her one Sunday. When her friend started to talk out loud, the girl said, "You have to be quiet or the hushers will come for you." My weekly …( read more )

Dealing With Change

October 13, 2015

I recall preaching on the above verse at the anniversary of a church that had closed years and years before. Each year, there was an anniversary service to honour the prairie pioneers who had built the church and built up the faith in the …( read more )

 



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