Sermon Blog

28
Feb

Words of Jesus — authentic or not?

Scripture: Mark 8: 31- 38 Nigel Bunce The Gospels record many words of Jesus, but they are probably not all authentic. Some of them may be misleading, or worse, in today’s culture. The Gospels record many words of Jesus, but they are probably not all authentic. Some of them may be misleading, or worse, in […]

21
Feb

Diversity and inclusion: parish and wider church

Scripture: Matthew 6: 1-18 Nigel Bunce How can the Church promote diversity and inclusion? Artistic depiction of White Jesus is a problem, because it can be seen as hypocrisy.  Indeed, hyposcrisy is the context of the Lord’s Prayer. In the latest issue of the Niagara Anglican, Rev. Naomi Kabugi wrote that addressing racism in society […]

14
Feb

Lepers, unclean and untouchable

Scripture: 2 Kings 5: 1-14; Mark 1: 40-45 Nigel Bunce   Leprosy links today’s readings. In the ancient world, “leprosy” meant any skin disease, including eczema and psoriasis. The word ‘leper” shouted, “You are unclean and untouchable; shame on you.” It still does today.  Namaan’s story In today’s Old Testament reading, an army commander called […]

07
Feb

Has Covid made you super busy or bored?

Scripture  Mark 1: 29-39  Jan Savory Super busy or bored with nothing to do? There seem to be 2 standard answers these days to the question “What have you been doing recently?” Either Super busy or bored.       Super Busy  One is “I’ve been super busy”. I get that. My grandson has 2 […]

31
Jan

Idol meat: a parable for today

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8: 1-13 Nigel Bunce In today’s Scripture, St. Paul asked his congregation in Corinth. Is it OK for Christian believers to eat ‘idol meat’?  That is, food offered to idols. Why discuss this in a homily? I don’t know any supermarkets in Guelph, Milton, or Burlington that sell idol meat.    to […]

24
Jan

“Come and see.” An invitation

Scripture: John 1: 35-51 Nigel Bunce “Come and see.” An invitation.  That’s John’s story of Jesus recruiting his first disciples.  How different from Matthew, Mark, and Luke, where Jesus orders them, “Follow me.”   Mark’s version of Jesus’ call to the first disciples This Epiphany season, I’ve been comparing how Mark and John understood Jesus’ […]

17
Jan

Making sense of Jesus’ baptism

Scripture: Mark 1: 1-20 Nigel Bunce Video link https://youtu.be/sM06Ywpy6WE Making sense of Jesus’ baptism How we make sense of Jesus’ baptism depends on how we answer these questions. “Who do you think that Jesus was?” And, “What did Jesus mean when he said that the Kingdom of God had drawn near?”  Today, we heard Mark’s […]

10
Jan

Epiphany: a season for looking forward

Scripture: John 1: 19-34 Nigel Bunce The Epiphany season is a time for looking forward to the future.  It’s not just the Magi; it continues the continuing disclosure of Jesus’ divinity.   What is an epiphany? Last week, we celebrated the Epiphany, when the Magi travelled to Bethlehem to present gifts to the infant Jesus. The […]

03
Jan

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh – strange gifts

Scripture  Matthew 2: 1-12   “We Three Kings of Orient are” We just heard Matthew’s story about some wise men from the East journeying to pay homage to the baby Jesus.   And we sang again today that old carol – We three kings. Somehow, Epiphany doesn’t seem right without that carol, even though the Bible doesn’t […]

27
Dec

Jewish roots of Christianity

Scripture: Luke 2: 22-40 Nigel Bunce Christianity began as a breakaway sect of Judaism   The Scriptural evidence of this has always been right before our eyes.  Yet, it is only in recent years that we have come to appreciate the Jewish roots of Christianity. All the characters in today’s story of Jesus’ Presentation in the […]