Sermon, October 7th, 2018   “God’s profound concern for relationship”  Exodus 19 vs. 3-7 and 20 vs.1-17

When I left you last week I was dashing out the door in order to get to Pearson Airport in time to catch a flight to St. Paul, Minnesota where I was enrolled in a preaching seminar scheduled to begin Monday morning.  I made it to the airport in good time but imagine my surprise […]

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Sermon, September 30, 2018   “Long Walk to Freedom”  Exodus 14 vs. 5-7, 10-14, 21-29

I hope you receive our weekly e-mail “ThisWeek@Parkwoods” that is sent out every Friday.  It contains a brief piece on a particular theme, a comment on the Sunday’s Scripture reading, two previews of hymns to be sung, and announcements of what is happening at Parkwoods in the ensuing days.  I was thrilled this week when […]

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Sermon, September 23rd, 2018    The original ‘House of Cards’   Genesis 39 vs. 1-23

Hands up if you used to watch the television series “House of cards”.   You may remember that it was about all of the incredible acts of deceit and treachery, including murder, that went into the rise and fall of various political actors in the drama.  That is why some commentators have likened our reading today […]

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Sermon, September 16th, 2018    “Why Abram, of all people?”  Genesis 12 vs. 1-9

I am increasingly convinced that we are living in the most undemocratic time of North American history.  We, the electorate, have brought it upon ourselves by electing some to high office who have essentially no understanding of the democratic norms and processes that have built strong countries on this continent.  We have failed to defend […]

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Sermon, Sept. 9, 2018 “Noah—not a children’s story!”  Genesis 6 vs.16-22; and 9 vs. 8-17

I have said many times that our scripture reading this morning contains some of the darkest imagery of the whole Bible.  In the story only a few will be saved from the doom that is about to descend on the world.  Can you imagine what would happen today during our instant news cycles if word […]

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Sermon, September 2nd, 2018   “Being rich toward God”   Luke 12 vs. 13-34

I have been surprised lately to come across more and more references in my reading and in the stories I hear of people feeling anxious, very anxious.  This is true even of primary school children, teenagers, young adults and mature adults.  There is something about life in our essentially privileged part of the world, where […]

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