Do We Want to Be Close to Jesus?  

Alan Alda, the United Church’s Statement on Ministry, sales training, photosynthesis, responses from people on the question: why I come to church, the reading from Mark… let’s see if they all hang together by the time I am finished. I asked people to share why they come to church and a number of you responded.…

Families and How to Survive Them

Love. Hate. Alcoholism. Abuse. Neglect. Persistence. Poverty The Glass Castle has it all… But ultimately, I think it is a story about redemption. The Glass Castle, which is based on a true story, was written by Jeannette Walls, one of the central characters, and her family. The movie opens with Jeanette, living a glamourous life…

The Armour of God

Tender. Passionate. Strong. Compassionate. Words that we could use to describe Jesus. They are also words I would use to describe Wonder Woman as she is portrayed in the movie. Here is a brief synopsis of it: Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, daughter of Hippolyta, who told her that…

The Beauty in Persistence

Folk artist Maud Lewis likely never imagined from her tiny house in Marshalltown, NS, that her life would be depicted in a film. Lewis was born in 1903 in South Ohio, NS, not far from Yarmouth. She married her husband, Everett, in 1938 and the two lived without electricity or running water in a modest,…

What’s Your F Word? Fun

This is a dialogue amongst the members of the Executive Circle, how are explaining, in a humourous way, how the new governance model works. We are sitting on the chancel, in a semi-circle, as if we were at coffee time. Bill: I’d like to talk about the Idea Board Christine: Me too, it looks really…

What’s Your F Word: Family & Friendship

Family and friendship are my F words for today. How do we create healthy families and networks of friends? How do we live with respect in creation? How we share? That passage from Acts is one of my favourite parts of the Bible. A model of how the first followers of Jesus lived. Sharing, caring, and…

What’s Your F Word: Friction

Despite the fact that I was appointed to this pastoral charge as your Interim Minister after some conflict, NOBODY wanted to share a faith story about friction!  Is it because conflict is such a taboo subject in the church that we think that ‘good Christians’ don’t have conflict? Our reading from Matthew this week…