len on December 5th, 2017

Scot McKnight once noted that one of his favorite Christmas hymns is, “O Come, O Come Immanuel,” a 12th Century hymn originally penned in Latin. It wasn’t until 2008 that I heard the Latin version and since then have heard two more renditions in Latin – the most recent being a version sung by Enya, […]

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len on July 20th, 2016

And so empires of ideas, as well as empires of wealth and power, come and go. To live well is to observe in today’s apparent order the tiny anomalies that are the seeds of change, the harbingers of the order of tomorrow. This means living in a state of a certain insecurity, in anguish and […]

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len on May 21st, 2015

Luke 24:13-32 and the road to Emmaus. Emmanuel Levinas writes that “A relational life is dependent on encounters that are revelatory.” What’s happening along this dusty stretch of road? Who are these disciples and why are they struggling? Why was Jesus hidden to them? Where is he hidden to us? Audio: Listen

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len on May 4th, 2015

Jesus says, “Make your home in me, as I make mine in you.” (John 15:4, MSG) Henri Nouwen writes that everyone lives in one of two houses: the house of fear or the house of love. Many who follow Jesus still live in the house of fear; many who don’t claim to follow him live […]

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len on April 29th, 2015

Micah 6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? What do justice and the good news of reconciliation mean for Canada’s indigenous peoples? What role does the church have in […]

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len on April 20th, 2015

“I am the true vine, and my Father — is the Gardener.” What if that little phrase tells us something deeply true – about God, and about God’s purposes? In this sermon I am working on the second part of John chapter 20, the disciples first experience of the risen Lord of creation. John’s theme […]

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len on April 5th, 2015

When I was a boy, each week On Sunday, we would go to church And pay attention to the priest And he would read the Holy Word. And consecrate the holy bread And everyone would kneel and bow Today the only difference is Everything is holy now. Everything, everything, Everything is holy now . . […]

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len on March 24th, 2015

The new covenant is first given in the book of Jeremiah, and Jeremiah 31 was the lectionary reading for this past Sunday. The new covenant moves us from law to grace, from religion, to divine faithfulness. But most of us are still trying to perform our way into the kingdom. The End of Religion Scripture: […]

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len on March 24th, 2015

When most believers use the phrase “God is in control,” they have no idea what they are really saying. We tend to make God the devil by making him responsible for everything that happens. But divine determinism is not the biblical view. I spoke this sermon on March 8th of this year. God is – […]

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len on March 23rd, 2015

I spoke this sermon last year, and it needed to come back again this year and hopefully I’ve made it even clearer. This is controversial for some. I argue that “wrath” needs to be seen differently than we have done. I also take it into the Greek to look at one particular word – hilasmos […]

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