Not two halves but a whole

The “devil”, or “accuser”, in our reading today belongs not just in the wild place, leering at Jesus, but in any number of places in present-day Canada. You can hear them by the cash register at Canadian Tire, in the classroom, on the TV, and in our homes. They might look at your skin colour and ask: Where are you from? Sudbury? No. Where are you “really” from?

Good News for Who?

Sermon prepared for Wesley United Church Montreal’s Sunday Service of Jan. 27, 2019 based on the Gospel (Luke 4:14-21) and Epistle (1 Cor. 12:12-31) for Year C Epiphany 3. With the up-coming by-election in the riding of Outremont, I have been watching as colourful party signs appear on lampposts and balconies around my neighbourhood. I’veContinue reading “Good News for Who?”

Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up

This sermon was prepared for Wesley United’s Sunday service on January 28, 2018 (Year B Epiphany 4, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13). When first approaching this text, the obvious thing is to preach a sermon about the idols we have in our lives. Since there’s ample fodder there for conversation. We could talk about the devices thatContinue reading “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up”