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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: Jesus Clears the Temple

In today's opening illustration I described a Praise & Worship Service that was once very popular among Christian youth in Edmonton. While it packed in the pews, I questioned whether it had reached its purported goals. You see, I for one didn't go there for worship but for friendship...   It is easy to judge a... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: the Wedding at Cana

If you were listening to today’s sermon (or children’s story) one thing that probably stood out to you was the extravagance of Jesus’ miracle. John tells us that the six stone water jars that were used in Jesus’ miracle each held 20 to 30 gallons. Quick math tells us that Jesus provided between 120 to 160 gallons... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: Jesus Says Come and See

One Sunday while serving a church in Montreal I ended the morning’s prayers of confession with this assurance of pardon (based on Romans 8:34 and 2 Corinthians 5:17): Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: The Morning Star • Christ

Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: The Guiding Star • Bethlehem

At the end of today's sermon, Melchior left us with a stark choice: "You can be a Herod, or you can be a wise man or woman." A Herod is interested in autonomy, freedom, and control of his/her life and destiny. A wise person on the other hands, submits all his/her hopes and dreams to Christ. Maybe you have never... Read More

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Revisiting the Nativity

The rule in our house is that Christmas movies aren’t allowed till Remembrance Day. After that the family ration is one per week. Since we had already finished the trilogy of “The Santa Clause” movies and since it was the first Sunday in Advent and as a pastor I am paid to notice things like that, my wife and I... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: The Fallen Star • Lucifer

When you ask most people what Christ accomplished in his incarnation/life/death/resurrection, most people will talk about how Jesus has saved us from our sins: "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29 ESV). When pressed, many will talk about how Jesus acts as our 'substitute',... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: The Good and Faithful Servant

On Sunday I gave a number of real-life illustrations for investing the 'talent(s)' God has given us. In line with the parable the examples used had to do with significant sums of money.  Truth be told, I believe that very few of us are considering leaving such large legacies. We tend to follow the tradition of our... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: Soli Deo Gloria

Today's sermon, Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone), with its emphasis on creation's calling to glorify God, may leave you wondering whether our God has a fragile ego. Do we simply exist to pump up God's tires, and remind God how great God is? A prayer from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life expresses this... Read More

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Unpacking Sunday's Sermon: Solus Christus

The passage that was explored this Sunday, Colossians 1:15-20, is credited with having a 'high' Christology. Jesus is the cosmic Christ in whom all things hold together: both creation and redemption. Contrast this with Gospels accounts of Jesus' temptation where he grows hungry, or his crucifixion where he can no... Read More