The perils of preaching

Text: Acts 2:14-41 (Peter preaches in Jerusalem) If someone says you’re being preachy, that’s not a complement. If they say you tend to sermonize, that’s a complaint. Preaching used to be held in high esteem. Preachers were wise elders to whom the community turned for guidance. Now, we are often put in the same category … [Read more…]

Our purpose

Text: Acts 17:16-33 (“To an unknown god”) “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” This is how a 1647 Catechism of the Presbyterian church begins; and this phrase has been a touchstone for Presbyterians ever since, including in the United Church of Canada. Presbyterians were the largest group that formed … [Read more…]

“Into the mystic”

Text: Mark 16:1-8 (the empty tomb) “The women fled from the tomb in terror and amazement and said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” What kind of a way is this for Mark to end his Gospel? If the three women flee from the tomb and tell no one, then how does Mark ever … [Read more…]