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Ascension Sunday, 2017

Acts 1:1–11; Psalm 47; Ephesians 1:15–23; Luke 24:44–53 Some of the best spiritual teachers are not theologians, or academics, but musicians. One of my treasured spiritual teachers is Bruce Cockburn. He’s fairly well known in Canada, but if you haven’t heard him, you should really acquaint yourself with his work,... Read More

The Second Sunday in Lent, 2017

Genesis 12:1–4a; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1–5, 13–17; John 3:1–17 "How can these things be?" Just as the Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness last week, so does the lectionary drive us into the wilderness of the Gospel of John this week. My New Testament professor used to tell us that reading the Gospel of John was... Read More

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Ash Wednesday, 2017

Joel 2:1–2, 12–17; Psalm 103:8–18; 2 Corinthians 5:20b—6:10; Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21 Five Ash Wednesdays ago I preached my very first sermon, as a seminary student in Vancouver’s vibrant West End. I preached this in a highly diverse parish with a significant population of queer folks who had come to the Anglican... Read More

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Proper 7, 2017

Leviticus 19:1–2, 9–18; Psalm 119:33–40; 1 Corinthians 3:10–11,16–23; Matthew 5:38–48 On my recent journey to the Holy Land, I did not travel alone. Someone else from this Diocese went with me: a very treasured friend of mine, the Reverend Lucy Price. Lucy is an exceptional human being. I don’t really know anyone... Read More

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Proper 5, 2017

Isaiah 58:1–12; Psalm 112:1–9; 1 Corinthians 2:1–12; Matthew 5:13–20 I think today it might be important to just take a moment to rest in the peace that we share together in this place, to even do something a little un-Anglican, and take the hand of the person closest to you. Look at them. See them as one whom you... Read More

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The Second Sunday after Christmas, 2016

Jeremiah 31:7-14; Psalm 147:13-21; Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18; Matthew 2:13-23 “When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had learned from the wise men.” Only... Read More

Christmas Eve, 2016

Isaiah 52:7–10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1–4, 5–12; John 1:1–14 “Kai to phos en te skotia phainei.” In the darkness, the light is shining. These words of John, in the original Greek, open the mystery of the incarnation to us, we seekers of glory, huddled hopefully together in these years so far removed from Bethlehem;... Read More

Proper 33, 2016

Isaiah 65:17-25; Ps 98; 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13; Luke 21:5–19 “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. But before all this occurs, they will arrest you... Read More

Proper 31, 2016

Habakkuk 1:1–4, 2:1–4; Psalm 119:137–144; 2 Thessalonians 1:1–4, 11–12; Luke 19:1–10 Today, as we approach the feast of All Saints and All Souls, I am going to tell you a story. It is a story of an unconventional saint, a saint whom an English translation error in our Gospel makes into a reformed sinner. The one... Read More

Proper 27, 2016

Habakkuk 1:1–4; 2:1–4; Ps 37:1–10; 2 Timothy 1:1–14; Luke 17:5–10 “Found alone and crying in garden.” That was what it said at the top of our cat’s intake form from the adoption agency. I almost cried myself when I read it! Quite a biblical statement, now that I think of it. I suppose we should have named her... Read More