June 27: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Acts 2:43-47

I don’t know about you, but one thing I’ve been doing throughout our on-again-off-again quarantine, is catching up on some of the buzz-worthy, highly recommended movies that I never had a chance to see back when life was going at its more normal pace. And one of the best movies I’ve seen in that timeContinue reading “June 27: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Acts 2:43-47”

June 20 – 2 Samuel 11 (selections from 11:2-25)

This story of David and Bathsheba illustrates the relationship between self-control and peace quite directly. David, at this point in his royal career, has grown quite comfortable with his privilege, he’s become rather accustomed to simply taking whatever he desires. We see no evidence of his youthful gentleness when he dispatches his guards to goContinue reading “June 20 – 2 Samuel 11 (selections from 11:2-25)”

June 13 – 1 Samuel 16:1-23

Faithfulness to God is a theme that persists throughout the Hebrew Bible. Many, if not all, of the other themes we see through the histories, law, and prophetic writings, themes of justice and love and mercy, they are consistently framed in terms of faithfulness to God and God’s law. Throughout the histories and prophetic writingsContinue reading “June 13 – 1 Samuel 16:1-23”

June 6 – Luke 1:39-56

This little passage is a story that centers on two women, both expecting in extraordinary circumstances. For Elizabeth, this pregnancy is a long-awaited triumph. She is “advanced in age” and has longed for a child since her marriage. She is delighted to be expecting yet must into seclusion as soon as she finds she’s pregnant.Continue reading “June 6 – Luke 1:39-56”

May 30 – 2 Timothy 4:1-5

Last week, on Pentecost, we celebrated the arrival of the Holy Spirit. And in the weeks to come we’ll be considering the gifts that the Spirit offers, which Paul calls the “Fruit of the Spirit.” He names these gifts as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There are a lot ofContinue reading “May 30 – 2 Timothy 4:1-5”

May 23 – Galatians 5:22-25 & Acts 2:1-4

Today, as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit, we remember how the Holy Spirit came down like fire and equipped the disciples to go out and speak in any tongue to any person from any nation about the good news Jesus brought. This holiday is one that has come to be known asContinue reading “May 23 – Galatians 5:22-25 & Acts 2:1-4”

May 16 – Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29

Jews in antiquity had lived for so long in exile, as a diaspora in foreign lands, that religious practices and other identity markers came to occupy a strong place in Jews’ sense of who they were as God’s people. So what did it mean for outsiders, for people from a very different culture, and aContinue reading “May 16 – Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29”

Great Joy!

My first thought, when I read through this passage last Sunday evening was, “I’m supposed to preach on a church meeting?” Because essentially that’s what this passage is… a report on a gathering, it’s called the Council of Jerusalem. To set the scene, we need to know a bit about what happened after last weeksContinue reading “Great Joy!”

Look! Here Is Water!

Look! Here is water! Those words, spoken by an Ethiopian eunuch from the passage of scripture that you’re going to hear in a few minutes, kept ringing in my ears this week! Look, here is water! Nova Scotia has 7400 km of coastline. No matter where you are in NS, you are never more thanContinue reading “Look! Here Is Water!”

The Big But

We know the story so well, because it’s been told for over 2000 years, we know the ending of the story. But the women who went to the tomb that morning were living the story! They went in grief and sorrow, expecting to find Jesus’ body. Expecting to tend to it with spices and ointment.Continue reading “The Big But”

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