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Year C Proper 5: A Sermon for #WearOrange Sunday

A boy died in Zarephath, and his mother and Elijah cried out to God in anger at the injustice, in bitterness at the waste of life, saved by a miracle and spent so soon. Another mother’s son died in Nain, … Continue reading

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Year B Proper 17: commandments vs amendments

It all starts out so well: “This will show your wisdom and discernment to the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes will say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and discerning people!’” pronounces Moses, so full of … Continue reading

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A vain and foolish thing

Vain and foolish, one would not think that with no animal spirit, nor soul, no mind of its own, but an idle thing could inspire such passion, such pain, such tearing, such rending of hearts, of lives apart; only with … Continue reading

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Year A Epiphany 3: walking in the light

There was a fascinating piece on yesterday’s NPR program, Weekend Edition, about a man named Pedro Reyes who is working on a huge collection of guns.[1] In fact, he has access to thousands in the city of Culiacan, Mexico, where … Continue reading

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Guns kill people

Guns are not choosy. Guns just kill people. It’s their modus operandi. It’s what they do. We are hearing more, bit by bit, about the latest victims of the latest shooting rampage. Each detail chips a little more flint from … Continue reading

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Year C Lent 2: Temptations2: Too busy to be tempted

Last week, we left Jesus, or the devil left Jesus at the top of the temple, tempted to cast himself down into Jerusalem and wait upon the angels to save him from a cruel death. He was tempted to abandon … Continue reading

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Year C Epiphany 3: The year of the Lord’s favour

There has never been a time that God was absent from us. There have been times when it seemed a close thing. The Flood, for example, the bondage in Egypt, the Exile, the cry of dereliction from the cross. But … Continue reading

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Little ones

Last week, while some were celebrating “Gun Appreciation Day,” a six-year-old girl in Cleveland found her father’s gun, and she shot herself to death. (http://www.19actionnews.com/story/20631205/6-year-old-dead-after-severe-head-trauma) Later in the week, a four-year-old boy in Akron died in similar circumstances. (http://www.19actionnews.com/story/20678028/4-year-olds-death-ruled-a-homicide) In … Continue reading

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An anniversary

It is not lost on me that as I board the plane for our nation’s capital Sunday night, it will be on the first anniversary of its becoming “ours.” For me, this nation was “yours,” and I was categorized as … Continue reading

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The state we’re in

In the centre, in the distance is the Empire State Building, disappearing into the fog and the smog, obscured by … Prayers today for those harmed, hurt, frightened by the continuing gun violence of our country.

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