The Absurdity of Christmas

Imagine that you are standing out in your driveway, marvelling at the fact that it’s the third Sunday of Advent, and tomorrow they are projecting a high of 11.   In your imagination, you do not live in Alberta.   Suddenly, a UFO lands in the middle of your front lawn, and the door slowly…

Taking Christ out of Christmas

Have you noticed that every year, people seem more intent on secularizing Christmas? They wish you a “Happy Holiday” or “Seasons Greetings” and then have presentations at school that make no mention of the Manger or the Wise Men, let alone the Christ Child. Now, I may be a little overly sensitive, but somehow, I…

Therefore, 2 Peter 1:12

Therefore 2 Peter 1 When I was at university, one of the courses I had to take was homiletics, which is simply defined as the art of preaching or writing sermons. The goal of the class was to teach us to do both things: how to write sermons and how to preach sermons. My professor…

Therefore, Hebrews 12

Part of my misspent youth was spent hanging around Racehorses and those who bet on horse races. I’ve mentioned before that my sister and I both had horses when we were teenagers, and when we lived in Hammond River, just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick, we boarded them at a farm that provided stabling…

Therefore: Galatians 6:10

It’s one of those things that preachers say.  It is kind of like, “After the but comes the truth,” or “I’m almost finished.”  I’m pretty sure if you’ve been in church for any length of time that you’ve heard this particular phrase, perhaps you’ve even said it yourself from time to time, and it is…

The Kingdom is like a Landowner

Have you ever had to work with someone who just doesn’t get it?  Whatever it is?  Maybe you’re trying to explain how a particular program works, or perhaps you’re trying to get them to understand the ethos of your company.  Why and how you do what you do.  But you have to keep coming back…

The Promise of Peace

When I was learning to preach, I heard someone quote an old preacher who said, “I take my text and divide my sermon into three parts. In the first part I tell ’em what I am going to tell ’em; in the second part—well, I tell ’em; in the third part I tell ’em what…