Jesus Wept, Jesus Weeps

You know how when you buy a particular model of car, suddenly that’s all you see on the road? There are not really any more of them, it’s just that your eyes are attuned to them. I have been experiencing something similar with our focus on First Nations issues this Lent. I don’t know if there are…

Water Is Life

A number of years ago, I was playing in a ball tournament in New Minas, it was the hottest weekend of the year, blazing sun, there’s a distinct lack of trees on a ball field. There was some humidity and of course, we are all sweating. We were sponsored by Pepsi, so there was LOTS…

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

I created a video of images, both old and current of First Nations people and played it before I started to preach. Some of those are pretty powerful images given what we know about our history with First Nations people. They cast light on history that we probably would rather not know. And yet, we…

Daring to Take Heart

Picture a mid-thirties woman, going through some major life challenges: health issues, marital breakdown, family of origin conflict, financial stress. She is depressed, despairing and fearful of what the future holds. She is walking on her favourite beach wondering where God was in the midst of her life. She came to this beach where she so often…

Belong, Believe, Behave

What a week! Another star story! (Members of the Riverview congregation have been sharing stories of how their ‘star word’ from last year had an impact on their lives) Presidential inauguration of someone whose statements put him in opposition to what Jesus said was important. Marches across and around the world…Millions of people coming together in…

Letting Go

We are celebrating Epiphany all month long. I am going to read you a few verses from Matthew 2 that tell of the wise men and their visitation to Jesus. In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men[a] from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is…

Don’t Wait!

I was listening to a Ted Talk on my way to the church early last week. TED is a nonpartisan non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global…

Where Do We Find Hope?

Where do we find hope? What does it mean to be hope-filled people of faith? What does this ancient story have to say to our current reality? Today we heard the first part of the second chapter of Luke, in the coming weeks we will hear the rest of the story. This week we find…

Generous With Hope

I don’t know about you, but it’s been an emotional week, the US election, Leonard Cohen dying, Remembrance Day. Whatever your political persuasion, the election of Donald Trump will have a profound effect on us as Canadians and the world. As Pierre Elliot Trudeau stated years ago, “When the US sneezes, Canada catches a cold.”…

Where Is God?

How many have you have driven some of the long, boring stretches of the Trans Canada Highway? That’s the first thing I thought of when I read that passage from Isaiah: Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And you will fall…