Thy Kingdom Come, but how?

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When tragedies occur something within us cries out to respond. We want to say something to our fellow human beings — something meaningful, something we hope can temper the feelings of grief and despair one feels in the wake of great loss. But following last Wednesday’s massacre, I am once again painfully reminded of the poverty of language.Like many of you, I felt compelled to share a thought or prayer via social media. This desire was compounded by the fact that Rev. Clementa Pinckney, lead … [Read more...]

Remove My Unbelief

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“Oh Father rescue me from doubt Deliver me from grief Let your joy in me abound Remove my unbelief, remove my unbelief”These are the words from a song by Jenny & Tyler, titled “When Darkness Falls.”  And while the closing line is taken from Mark 9:24, these words strike me this day quite differently than I would normally expect.  When I first read these words, I thought they might be from a Psalm, because of the generally poetic nature of the words, which remind me of a Psalm of Lament … [Read more...]

Can I Trust?

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Here’s a question I’ve been asked many times, by many different people. The words I am going to use are a paraphrase as each individual who shares their hearts with me uses their own language for their particular situations; yet the questions are often very similar when you break them down. The question is: how do I trust God when I don’t know what He is going to do? There are many expressions of church and theology that attempt to tell us definitely that God will make things better if we trust … [Read more...]

Optional Advent

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This being the season of Advent; I think it’s worth taking a moment to identify what the word “Advent” means. The word carries the following meanings:  the arrival of, the coming of, the emergence of.  The question is, “of what?”  What needed to arrive? What needed to emerge? What needed to come?  The easy answer is Jesus. But the deeper answer is, and always has been, Emmanuel - God with us!Let’s begin with “God with us”. With us! Who does that include? Does it include only those that unders … [Read more...]

Mary…re-imagining Advent

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( Mary...East Vancouver 2007 ) It's late Sunday evening and I'm working on the computer and I get a text from my daughter, " help!" She has to give a reflection at chapel the next day around Advent. My daughter works at christian based Drug and Addiction Rehabilitation Center for young women. So we start the ball bouncing, me sending it across the " net " and her returning it. Suddenly something profoundly redemptive starts to unravel...it may not be biblically, or theologically correct. … [Read more...]


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