Sermon Blog

18
Aug

God’s Kingdom here on Earth

    Reading    Luke 12: 32-40 Chapter 12 of Luke is a series of sayings and parables that Luke has put together.  Some are only in Luke, some are also in Matthew believed to be from a common source called from Q (from the German word Quelle meaning source). Some have been taken from […]

11
Aug

Conflict and change in Scripture and our world

Scripture: Isaiah 5: 1-7; Luke 12: 49-59  Conflict and change are the twin themes of today’s readings. Conflict is especially clear in the Gospel, where Jesus says that he came to bring division. He will cause strife between nations and even between family members. This reading seems inconsistent with everything we like to believe about […]

07
Aug

Two Biblical views of morality

Scripture: Genesis 19 and Luke 12: 13-21  Today’s readings offer very different Biblical views of morality.  In Genesis Chapter 19, the behaviour of Lot and his daughters is the opposite of “traditional family values”.  Conversely, in Luke Chapter 12, Jesus tells us that wealth isn’t everything, and offers us a parable against greed and selfishness. […]

28
Jul

The Lord’s Prayer — or, what’s the point of praying?

Scripture: Luke 11: 1-13; Genesis 18: 20-32  In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus agave the disciples a model for prayer.  But God will not always answer our prayers the way we want.  Prayer may change me, not God.  It may help me to I think harder about the issues on my mind, or inspire me to […]

21
Jul

Finding our inner Martha or inner Mary

Scripture: Luke 10: 38-42 Our inner Martha or inner Mary are the opposites of how we instinctively behave.  In the story of Martha and Mary,  Martha’s personality focussed on providing hospitality to her guests, but she resented her sister.  Mary listened to Jesus, apparently unaware of the need to offer hospitality.  So when should I […]

14
Jul

But who is my neighbour? A parable for today

Scripture: Luke 10: 25-37 Who is my neighbour? This is the crux of the parable of the Good Samaritan.  It is just as relevant to society today as it was when Jesus told the story. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell versions of a story in which someone questions Jesus about eternal life or the […]

07
Jul

The ‘lepers’ in today’s society

Scripture: 2 Kings 5: 1-14  The Biblical story of Namaan’s leprosy reminds us that there are many ‘lepers’ in today’s society.  Such people feel shame or exclusion because they are in some way ‘different’.  Like Jesus, we are called to reach out and touch the untouchable. Today’s attitudes aren’t perfect, but in Canada they are […]

30
Jun

For freedom Christ has set us free

  Readings:  Luke 9: 51-62; Galatians 5:1;13-25  It has never been easy to be a disciple of Jesus. His words, as written down decades later, are often subject to many interpretations, all of which are available to us. Using our intellect and guided by our experience of God in our lives, we do our best […]

23
Jun

Remote First Nations; loving your neighbour

Sermon Notes: June 23 2019, Aboriginal Sunday Remote First Nations communities face conditions that we would not tolerate in southern Canada. That prompts the question, ‘What does it mean to love your neighbour as Jesus commands?’ Maybe you wish you didn’t have to pay income tax. But second thoughts might make you change your mind.  […]

19
Jun

God as father: Trinity Sunday and Memorial Sunday

Scripture: Psalm 103 We can legitimately think about God as Father today without feeling misogynistic. Why? This year, Fathers’ Day falls on Trinity Sunday, when we think about those three Persons of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as in our opening hymn.  I hope that what I am about to say will not […]