By Faith of Works?

Isaiah 1:10-17   Reflection The time was right.  All the conditions were in place and the world was ready for a change.  Many new that corruption was taking over the church.  Indulgences were being sold as forgiveness of sin so if you had deep enough pockets, you could sin all you wanted.  Priests were subcontracting … Read more

Can’t I Be Just A Little Proud?

Scripture reading: Luke 18: 9-14 Reflection Humility is hard.  I’ll be walking to church and I look up at this grand building and think, “I work here!  I must be a whole hill of beans and a carrot on the side!”  Then I realize my lack of humility and feel a bit embarrassed and remind … Read more

Filling the Chasms

Luke 16:19-31 Reflection There’s a United Church tradition that goes all the way back to the days of our founding denominations.  It’s a tradition that says that ministers are not employed by individual congregations but by the church as a whole.  Think of is as a minister library.  You take out on loan a minister … Read more

Hiding Away our Spirit of Infirmity

Scripture Reading Luke 13:10-17 Reflection I love the idea of Sabbath.  It’s one of those Biblical laws that makes such good pragmatic sense.  Take a day off, you need to rest.  It’s a law that’s so important that it even made the top ten list – it’s number 4, right after not taking God’s name … Read more

Are We There Yet?

Luke 12: 32-40 Reflection: “Are we there yet?”  “Are we there yet?”  Have you ever been on a road trip and heard this refrain from the back seat?  I myself had said it many many times as we’ve driven home along the #1 from Calgary – “Are we there yet?  Please?”  Sure, getting there is … Read more

Demons Among Us

Luke 8:26-39 Reflection We don’t often talk about demons.  It used to be thought that there were two world, there was the earthly realm and the spirit realm.  It was almost as if we were in a fish tank but surrounding us was a mysterious, sometime frightening unknown where God and the angels dwelled as … Read more

Knowing What We Need

Luke 7:36-8:3 Reflection Sometimes, when reading the Bible, you’d be justified in thinking that it was all men, all the time, taking, teaching, going to war, and getting into trouble while the women were absent.  In some ways, this might have been true – women were expected to stay, for the most part in their … Read more

The Bible is Clear (Reflections for Pride Week)

Scripture Readings: Ruth 1:1-8, 16-17 Reflection No one liked a Moabite.  Moabite?  Yuck!  Terrible people.  Unfortunately, you couldn’t banish Moabites from your land but that didn’t mean that you had to let them worship with you – they were an unholy people born of an unholy union.  Way back in Genesis, Lot had two daughters … Read more

The Tower of Babel

Scripture Readings Genesis 11:1-9 Acts 2:1-21 Reflection Oddly enough, I used to like going to the doctor’s office as a child.  No, it wasn’t because of the needles or terrible tasting medicine.  It was because of all the books in the waiting room. My favourite was the illustrated Bible stories.  There was the picture of … Read more

Jesus Breaks In

Scripture Readings   John 20:19–31 Jesus appears within closed doors and the disciples fear. Reflection Have you ever had your home broken into?  It’s happened to me three times, twice in Vancouver and once, shortly after moving to Moose Jaw.  The first 2 times, I had all my C.D. stolen – they were worth something … Read more