Monthly Archives: December 2011

Newness and reconciliation

This Sunday I’m preaching on 2 Corinthians 5:16-21: 16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a … Continue reading

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The best part of Christmas…

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HM Elizabeth II’s Christmas Message

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My Two Cents: The “War on Christmas”

So every year we have to listen to the debate about this alleged “War on Christmas” where conservative Christians get all riled up because the stores’ banners, government buildings, buses, television networks, etc. are saying “seasons greetings” or “happy holidays” … Continue reading

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Cultural Savage did it, so I guess I might as well too

At the time of this post, my stats are showing the 379 people “follow” this blog by email. One would think that this would translate to some good comments on posts. But I have a grand total of 20 comments … Continue reading

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Happy Hanukkah

Hanukkah began last night at sundown. The 8 day “Festival of Lights” commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple after the revolt led by the Maccabees against the Seleucid (Syrian-Greek) Empire of Antiochus IV. The Maccabees (a name taken from one of … Continue reading

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THE WORD BECAME FLESH: A Sermon by St John of Kronstadt on the Nativity of Christ

The Word became flesh; that is, the Son of God, co-eternal with God the Father and with the Holy Spirit, became human – having become incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. O, wondrous, awesome and salvific mystery! … Continue reading

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Vaclav Havel (right) 1936-2011 Havel, playwright, activist and president of Czechoslovakia has passed away- one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. His leadership of the movement dubbed the Velvet Revolution brought down communism in Czechoslovakia. I remember studying … Continue reading

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An Exciting New Book… If You’re a Nerd Like Me

Had great time chatting over coffee with my former classmate and now pastoral colleague, Chris Crocker, and received my copy of his new book, Rediscovering Our Roots: A History of Pioneer Baptists in Elgin County, 1816-1856. Chris’ ancestors were among … Continue reading

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The Vaccine

“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:2) Yesterday my daughter got her first vaccination needle. It’s a hard thing … Continue reading

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