Sermon Archives

July 14, 2013


The parable of the good Samaritan might be Jesus’ most famous parable. If you interviewed random people on the sidewalks of downtown Goshen and asked them whether they know Jesus’ parable of the alert slaves in Luke 12:35‐40, they’ll probably stammer around a bit, then admit they don’t know that parable. But if you ask […]

July 7, 2013

Citizens of God’s Kingdom

I’ve been thinking about hospitality and citizenship this past week. Monday was Canada Day, the day when Canadians celebrate Canada’s birthday. Thursday was the 4th of July, the day when Americans celebrate their independence. I’ve been following the convention in Phoenix, knowing the youth would be sharing about their experience this morning. The convention theme […]

June 30, 2013

Witnesses to the Truth

Up until June of 2010 there had been 20 perfect games in the recorded history of major league baseball. A perfect game is one in which no runner from the opposing team reaches first base safely. Every opposing batter is retired—27 outs in a row. Up until June of 2010, only twenty pitchers in major […]

June 23, 2013

Gardening with the Enemy

Jeremiah 29 is not a text that I chose. Nor is it what the lectionary prescribes for this morning. This scripture comes to us from Daniel and Brenda Grimes, who won the creation care raffle a couple of months back by getting their energy audit done. Thank you, Brenda and Daniel, for bringing this powerful […]

June 16, 2013

Extravagant Love, Extravagant Mercy

There are some stories we know and there are some stories we do not know. Last fall, I noticed on one of my early morning walks in the neighbourhood, that a particular house had about 6 of those very large garbage cans at the street on garbage day. I was horrified that 1 household would […]

June 9, 2013

Salvation: Therapy, Cure, and Health

What do you do when you come to the end of the rope? Where do you go when the lifeline is failing? Where do you go when you are ill and the doctors have tried everything and nothing seems to work? Where do you go when the medical folks say you are dying? Where do […]

June 2, 2013

Fools in Love

I believe that one of the great purposes of the Church is to receive encouragement from one another and to learn from each other’s experiences. There are two life lessons I would like to share with you today that I have learned through my experiences. These lessons are quite precious to me. The first is […]

May 26, 2013

Partner and Lord

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that […]

May 19, 2013

A Look Ahead

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. […]

May 5, 2013

Worship as Spiritual Formation

Worship as Spiritual Formation

When our children were little, my work as a chaplain did not involve Sunday morning responsibilities, so I was able to attend worship in the congregations where Allan was pastor. During those years, there were many times when I wondered why I bothered coming to church, as I spent the majority of the morning in […]

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