Transcripts of the minister’s reflection

Reflection: November 19

         The last three times the parable of the talents has come up, I’ve preached on that passage from Matthew. So this year, as a Worship Planning Team, we decided to focus on Deborah as a model of leadership. So, here’s to Deborah and all the Deborahs out there!          Do you remember what Mohammed read on

Reflection: November 12

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13 — The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids          What to say about this odd parable from Matthew. I’ve never liked it because I’ve never been sure what it is trying to say. What is Matthew on about with the wise and foolish attendants? After all, the issue isn’t watchfulness, as Matthew implied, for they all read on

Reflection: November 5 – All Saints Sunday

         I have mentioned in the past that I was influenced by the Eastern Orthodox branch of Christianity when I was a young man. I learned to meditate with a person who has become a dear friend; my friend came from a Ukrainian family on the Saskatchewan prairies. We read together the little spiritual classic, read on

Reflection: October 29

Reformed and Reforming          One of my major projects, while I was a student at VST, was a course based on the Reformation set in the city of Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine. It was an elective for me so I didn’t need the credits, and we were encouraged to be creative. So, along with 4 others, we read on

Luke 17:11-19 – A Dramatic Dialogue

A dramatic dialogue was written by Rev. David Boyd     Ten Lepers, Jesus and Peter  (Click to read or download)   read on

Reflection: October 22

         Matthew is an interesting gospel. He always presents interesting stories, and some are quite challenging for our modern ears. Today’s reading is an interesting story because there are a couple of ways of interpreting it. On one level this story is a simple dispute between Jesus and his adversaries; they are unhappy with what read on

Reflection: October 15

“God’s Guests Receive God’s Goodness” Scriptures: Psalm 23                      Matthew 22:1-14 Who might we blame for this parable? We could blame The Revised Common Lectionary, the three-year cycle of scripture readings used by most mainline churches. We could blame Mathew for including his version of this read on

Reflection: October 1

      Today is Worldwide Communion Sunday. It is a Sunday that I’ve come to appreciate as we be intentional about our world-wide kinship with other people. I remember early on in my days in the United Church, so sometime in the late 60’s or early 70’s, when an emphasis was put on World-Wide read on

Reflection: September 24

         One of the church sign bloopers that remains stuck in my head, and this has been around for probably 20 years, is, “Don’t let worry kill you; let the church help!” Every few years, a collection of these bloopers, including bulletin bloopers, gets passed around on the internet.          I would say that there read on

Reflection: September 17

I’ve long wondered why the land is so important to me, especially land that is away from our inhabited world, what we call wilderness. We went camping when I was a child, starting out in a tent and then graduating to a tent trailer before getting a fairly large (for that time) travel trailer. My read on