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Building Strange Communities

“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” Well, isn’t that a great gospel reading, now we ca

Your Job Description

Last Saturday I was asked to lead a retreat for the people and parishes of Leeds Anglican Ministries, a regional grouping of churches just south of here, between Kemptville and Kingston. They wanted me to talk to them about how to be a missional church, a church whose purpose and way of being is rooted in God’s mission. And so I started them off with a question based on Jesus’ own mission statement, the one that launches his ministry, the one that is at the root of our gospel reading today: How do you think God is calling you to proclaim the good news of the kingdom in your time and place? Then with a little bit of explanation, some prayer and a bit of structure to help their discussions,

Normal is not an Option

Have you ever been swept up by a sudden force of great power? A force so overwhelming it was like a roaring fire or the rush of a mighty wind? Back when I was at university, I used to work in the summer as a camp counsellor, at Camp Iawah near Westport, just south of here. Some of you may know it. One of the things I used to do at camp was teach canoeing, and because I was one of the older counsellors, I used to get the youngest campers in my canoe. Well, one day I had three small children in my canoe for canoeing lessons, a four year old, a six year old and a seven year old. There we were in the canoe, on the lake, and the children were trying to paddle. As you can imagine, we weren’

Heaven

Jesus was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of the disciples’ sight. And they were gazing up toward heaven. And suddenly there were two men in white robes, who said to them, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven?” One of the great dangers of being a religious person is that we can spend too much time looking up toward heaven. How often in the history of our Christian faith have we spent too much time and energy worrying about getting to heaven? And what does that even mean anyways? What is heaven? Where is heaven? I’d like you to think about that for a moment. When you hear the word heaven, what does that mean to you? What are the images, what are the implications

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