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Baptism

Rejecting a Culture of Hate

So I am not going to lie. This is a hard gospel to hear. We read about how Jesus is really not living up to what we expect of him, or even what he might expect from himself. Jesus the man who has done wonderful and amazing things, healing people, casting out demons and spreading a message of hope, liberation and... Read More

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How Good is Our Soil?

Anyone who knows anything about gardening and soil can easily engage with the parable of the Sower that we heard today in Matthew’s Gospel. It just makes sense. Seed that is thrown on rock or in thorns is not going to do well. But plant seed in well maintained and fertilized soil, they stand the best chance of... Read More

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Church: A Place of Belonging & Where Souls Find Rest

I am willing to bet that you know someone and perhaps it has been yourself who cringes the moment the topic of “church” or “religion” comes up in conversation. Believe it or not there are people who have a hard time engaging in a positive way with religion and church. However, ask these same people how they feel... Read More

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Letting Go So That We May Be More Fully Alive

Growing up I was taught to plan for every eventuality. Every possibility needed to be analyzed and thought through so that the best possible solution or result could be achieved. Decisions were made with careful thought and never, if at all possible in the spur of the moment. The perceived risk of making spur of... Read More

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How Do We Offer the Best of Ourselves?

So church growth and looking at ways in which we can grow can be a source of anxiety for many churches. Indeed for us this is a topic that comes up regularly. People wonder and want to know how to increase the size of the congregation. At times people have asked me, “How do we get young people coming back to... Read More

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Living into the Trinity

Today we once again find ourselves with an interesting clash between a doctrine of the Church and what the Gospels say. This is Trinity Sunday where inevitably some of us once again try and wrestle with how three people can be one person all at the same time. No matter how we try and explain it, or rationalize it,... Read More

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Owning Our Ministry

Today is a big day for us. This is Pentecost Sunday. Today we have blessed a new carpet in the Naïve and Sanctuary. We will also be blessing our new exterior stairs. We have balloons in church [and many of you are wearing red] all to help celebrate and usher in the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and us. A few... Read More

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Building a Connection to God

So, who can tell me, why do you pray? Why is prayer important . . . or not?   There are many reasons why we pray. Our readings from Acts and John’s gospel today talk about prayer. Remember The Ascension and our reading from Acts last week when Jesus ascends to heaven and the disciples are caught by the angels... Read More

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Bridging the Church to the World

Ascension Day holds a very special place in my heart in that it is the Anniversary of my ordination to the Diaconate. May 21, 2009 was Ascension Day and I along with a colleague who now works in the Diocese of Toronto were ordained at St. Michael and All Angels Cathedral on this day, Ascension Day.   The timing of... Read More

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Is Hell Real?

At some point along the way, the inevitable question will come up during confirmation preparation, “Is hell real?” This question will usually come up if the well-meaning facilitator of the class wants people to feel free to ask whatever question they have been desperate to ask, but felt embarrassed or afraid to... Read More