Reflections

Transcripts of the minister’s reflection

Reflection: October 14

         I was going to preach on Psalm 22 this morning, but no matter how hard I tried, no inspiration came. (Maybe that says a bit that the psalm strikes close to home with my own struggles of depression.) So, I want to set aside the painful depiction of one who has suffered tremendously in read on

Reflection: October 7 – Thanksgiving

         There is a revolution going on in the world today.  Powers-that-be need to beware!  Leaders need to be afraid.  Citizens need to be alert!          It is a revolution of gratitude and kindness.  And it’s us!          We heard from one of the leaders of this revolution of gratitude and kindness earlier in the read on

Reflection: September 30

Scripture: Mark 9:38–50          Among the many questions that I’m asked, a frequent one is about how to keep hope alive in the midst of so many troubling experiences, challenges and world events.  I know that among activists dedicated to curbing climate change, despair and cynicism has become very real; but we all face many personal read on

Reflection: September 23

         I’m sometimes asked how we choose Scripture readings for Sunday morning.  Some of you may know that we follow a 3-year cycle that was decided by denominations from around the world some time ago.  Later it was revised and is now known as the Revised Common Lectionary, the word having to do with reading.  read on

Reflection: September 16

One of the sayings I learned as a young lad was “Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!”  I learned it from my mom as well as at school.  A more biblical saying might be the one about taking the mote out of our eyes and then only will you be able to see the read on

Reflection: September 9

         We were in Humboldt, SK, this past summer, visiting a close family friend who is going through a difficult time.  It’s not at all related to the crash and the deaths of members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team; he just moved there a couple of months ago and is going through an acrimonious read on

Reflection: September 2

Sermon Title: From Inside Out   Scriptures: Song of Songs 2:8-13; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 Some of you heard me say last Sunday: “the Bible is happening now.” Here in Nelson, we are coming to the end of Pride Week. The lectionary readings for today include a poem from the Song of Solomon celebrating love. The read on

Reflection: August 26

Sermon Title: Finding Our Way within God’s Word Scriptures: Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18; John 6:56-69 As a newly divorced single parent, I trained to become a qualified swim instructor.  My familiar way of life as a stay-at-home mom was no longer an option. On my first day of teaching, I was nervous. When I confessed my read on

Reflection: August 19

         As we know, communication is everything.  It was one of the first things that human beings learned that enabled our ancestors to form communities and begin what we now call a culture.  Communication in today’s world is complex and difficult.          As complex and difficult as it might be, there are people who can read on

Reflection: August 12

         This past June, James Hoggan spoke here in Nelson.  He was part of the Convergence Writers’ Weekend hosted by Wide Spot in Silverton. Donna Macdonald also spoke at the weekend event; the theme was “Keeping a Civil Tongue,” very apropos in this day and age when public discourse can be so rancorous.          James Hoggan read on