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Remembering Our Goodness

It has been said that the church's only job is to help people remember their goodness. Harkening back to that first mythic story of Creation found in the first few pages of the Bible, on the sixth day, God created all sentient beings - the bugs, the bees, the animals, the birds, the fish. In addition, humans were... Read More  

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The Dishonest Manager

Sunday's text: Luke 16:1-13   In the text for Sunday, Jesus tells the story of a dishonest manager. After the manager gets fired for embezzlement, the manager worries about his future. He decides to ingratiate himself with his boss' clients by cancelling the debts they owe his boss. He figures they'll respond... Read More  

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Offering Feedback

"So, Blair... if I've got something to say about whatever's going on at church, how do I offer it? For example... how do I give you feedback about what's happening in worship?" I get this question often, and, from my perspective, I hope you will offer feedback about anything that happens in the church. I would... Read More  

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The Great Chasm

Luke 16:19-31 On Sunday we explore a parable about the heavenly (or otherwise) reward for the poor man and the rich man. Only about twelve city blocks separate upscale Yaletown condos and the mission at First United Church in the Downtown Eastside. It takes about 20 minutes to walk from the foot of Cambie Street... Read More  

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Teased into Active Thought

On Sunday I quoted the 20th-century Biblical scholar, CH Dodd, and his definition of a parable: "A parable is a metaphor or simile drawn from nature or common life, arresting the hearer by its vividness or strangeness, and leaving the mind in sufficient doubt about its precise application to tease it into active... Read More  

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At the Table

Have a look at Galations 3:23-29... we'll be exploring it a wee bit on Sunday.  I write from Vernon this morning, still laughing about our dinner last night.  There were just four of us: my wife, our sons and me; the same four who who used to camp in a tent-trailer, who sang together at a friend's... Read More  

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Being Grateful

"Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan" (Luke 17:15 & 16). I can't believe the number of e-mails I have received in the past five years from someone with something to say... Read More  

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Persistence

"Because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out..." (Luke 18:1-8). Every Wednesday morning, a group of women gathers in the church lounge to undertake their part in the success of the church's Fall Fair. These women run the craft and and white elephant sale. Every... Read More  

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Humility

"God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax collector" (Luke 18:11). Recently, I have been having the liveliest of conversations with the outreach worker from Canadian Mental Health who works most closely with the homeless population on the North... Read More  

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Where is Grace?

"Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today" (Luke 19:5). If you were listening to As it Happens on CBC Radio last night, you will have heard Carol Off interview Dennis Edney, the disheartened and disillusioned Canadian defense lawyer for Omar Kadhr, the young Canadian who has been held... Read More