Transcripts of the minister’s reflection

Reflection: June 10

“We look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”  (2 Corinthians 4:18) It is easy to get distracted by the things we see – a beautiful actress walking down the red carpet in a sparkling gown, read on

Reflection: June 3

  When I was preparing for today and reflecting on the Mark passage, at first I considered working with the concept of “little Sabbath” moments we all might fit into our regular routines.  However, as I researched Sabbath with the writings of some of my favourite contemporary theologians, I was presented with a completely different picture.  read on

Reflection: May 27

Children’s Story: Where the Wild Things Are, author: Maurice Sendak  Scriptures: Romans 8:12-17; John 3:1-17         Born From Above – Seriously! From the gospel story we just heard, I want to again emphasize that Nicodemus comes to Jesus in the night. As you heard in the background commentary, the Greek word translated read on

Reflection: May 20 – Pentecost Sunday

         One of the lasting legacies of the Western’s Church’s emphasis on the myth of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and the fall of humanity is our suspicion of our bodies. That fall myth relating to Adam and Eve—which I believe is absolutely a false interpretation—has left us with the idea that spirit read on

Reflection: May 13 – Ascension Sunday

Boy, this Easter story just gets weirder and weirder, doesn’t it? We start out with this troublemaker—this rebel—running around Roman Palestine telling everyone that they are God’s beloved people, no matter what their social status, age, or what illnesses and other stigmas they are inflicted with. This guy doesn’t even care if you’re Jewish, Samaritan or read on

Reflection: May 6

         I’ve often wondered if you can actually mandate someone to love.  The passage from John’s Gospel this morning is an echo of the passage we read every Maundy Thursday—the Thursday of the Last Supper, just before Easter.  At that observance, we read the story of Jesus taking basin and towel and washing his friends’ read on

Reflection: April 29 – Anam Cara

Listening to As It Happens on CBC radio last week, I caught an interview with a bystander who had helped in the aftermath of the young man’s rampage with a van in Toronto.  He talked about his own actions and the observation of another man who was with a woman who had been hit and was read on

Reflection: April 22 — Earth Day

Janet and I watched a PBS television program, Nova, about the factors that give us our climate; it was an episode called Decoding Our Weather Machine and aired last Wednesday.  There are four major factors that give us our climate: atmosphere, land, ocean, and ice.  They all interrelate along physics lines to give us our read on

Reflection: April 15 – Third Sunday of Easter

There is a part of the Passion Week/Easter narrative that occurs near the end of the Gospel of Matthew and does not appear in other gospels.  Nor is it included anywhere in the lectionary, likely due to its heavy racial bias.  However, this past week I was drawn to a re-telling of this for modern read on

Reflection: April 8 – Easter 2

  Last Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of the murder of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I was almost 8 when news of his death was announced; I remember well the hush that fell over our home as my parents mourned his murder.  We probably talked about it at school, but what stands read on