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Seeing with the Heart

In Sunday's Bible lesson, 1 John 3:1-7, we were reminded of our identity as God's children and called to express this identity in holy living. As I was preparing the sermon I found it interesting how John spent a considerable amount of time talking about our new God-given identity. He seemed to sense a resistance... Read More

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O Canada!

This past weekend a couple people asked me: "What happened to our flags?".  Last fall as Session was discussing the purchase of new banners, it was noted that the flags in the sanctuary, in particular the St. Andrew's Cross were in disrepair, literally falling apart. After some discussion Session decided to... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: God's Calling in our Senior Years

The past two weeks we have encountered two Biblical characters who saw God's purposes for their lives revealed in their senior years. Abram was 75 when he received God's call to leave to a new land, and set out from Harran (Genesis 12:4). Moses was 80 when he encountered God at the burning bush and was called to... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: Abraham

In our culture the goal of many people is to be settled: to stay in one place, in one job, with one person, rather than moving around or changing. A good life is a life where people have been able to establish something for themselves that is permanent and sustained.  The life of faith the vision is by comparison... Read More

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The Closure of First Presbyterian in Prince Rupert

During the worship service I mentioned that First Presbyterian Church (Prince Rupert) closed this past week. You read the story and watch a video about it HERE. There is inevitable sadness with the closing of any ministry. But as the the story/video reveals there is the realisation that God's mission exceeds the... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: Esther

The book of Esther makes for an interesting read. It is a rag-to-riches story that adds court intrigue, violence and heroism. One thing you may find strangely absent is any mention of God.  The lack of divine mention may explain why "not one commentary was written on Esther during the first seven centuries of the... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: Elijah

All at once, a strong wind shook the mountain and shattered the rocks. But the Lord was not in the wind. Next, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. Then there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. Finally, there was a gentle breeze, and when Elijah heard it, he covered his face... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: Job

In today's sermon I posed "What is your theology of suffering?". I then proposed that for most people, a theology of retribution forms their theology of suffering. Do good things, and you can expect good things to follow. Do bad things, and you'll suffer for it. At it's heart is a view that the universe has an... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: David

When Paul is preaching at a synagogue in Psidian Antioch he notes that God said this about David: "I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do." (Acts 13:22 NIV). In many ways David is an idea leader. When David petitions King Saul for an opportunity to fight... Read More

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Looking Back & Looking Forward

This past Sunday the congregation gathered in the Lower Hall after worship, split up into table groups, and talked about what we enjoyed in 2017 and what we hope to accomplish in 2018. Lots of good discussion followed. When we reconvened as a large group a number of ideas were shared and were noted on the... Read More