Turning wounds into blessings

Text: Genesis 32: 21-31 (Jacob wrestles with an angel) The ancient biblical story about wounds and blessings we just heard strikes me as a strange and provocative one. I decided to focus on this snippet from the story of Jacob today because this passage was the subject of an hour-long CBC radio documentary broadcast on … [Read more…]

Inspiring one another

Text: John 15:5, 7-15 (vine and branches) Friends, today I have two questions for you. What first drew you to Mill Woods United Church? And what has kept you here? In a minute, we are going to re-arrange the chairs, which are in chains of six. You will be asked to form these chains into … [Read more…]

Back to the Garden: lifelong learning

Text: Luke 10: 38-42 (Jesus at the home of Mary and Martha) By the time the Woodstock Festival of Peace and Music occurred in upstate New York in August 1969, my friends and I were deeply immersed in the ferment of the ’60s. As 12-year-old’s in the industrial city of Cornwall Ontario, we had caught … [Read more…]

Back to the Garden: from fear to faith

Text: John 16:31-33 (overcoming the world) Should we be afraid, and if so, of what? This past week, some of us worried about war between Iran and the United States. Eight days ago, military drones bombed a major Saudi Arabian oil facility that provides five percent of the world’s daily output of oil, or five … [Read more…]

Back to the Garden: life together

Text: Acts 2:42-47 and Hebrews 13: 1-3, 16 (sharing in common) What kind of community do we want? What kind of church are we building? And what kind of city, country, and world do we want to live in? Today I reflect on these questions based on the readings we just heard from the New … [Read more…]

Back to the Garden

Text: Genesis 2-3 (Adam and Eve banished from the Garden) Ten years ago today, I began full-time ministry. On Tuesday September 1, 2009, I stepped into the office at Knox United Church in Didsbury Alberta for the first time. I had been appointed as a supply minister and a student intern there for ten months, … [Read more…]