Christian Marriage and a History of Bones

Notes. Some thoughts are mine, some are verbatim from Ephraim. Source: here. Our modern context: Marriage is about desire – we live together if we want to. We exist in a vacuum. Co-habitation is for feeling good and it’s for the “us” in the relationship only. Marriage being about desire is fairly distant from what Christian history…

Church Search

I’m on the hunt for a new church home. Here’s what I realized I really value in a church: Local. I don’t have to be able to walk, but it’d be so nice if I could. I really do believe we are called to live in and serve the local community and our literal neighbours. Having…

But about Paul…

Sharing this because women-in-the-Bible and women-in-leadership has come up a couple times on facebook recently. From an old edition of the “Morning Star”, the student paper/newsletter of Wycliffe College. Volume 30 Issue 20. Copied without permission. :P Can Women’s Ordination Be Affirmed in the Face of Even the Most Difficult Pauline Texts? By Glen Taylor  –  March 3,…

Sermon about Dogs

For the Blessing of the Animals service, October 6th, 2015. This prayer was given to me by a parishioner aptly named: Kitty. This day is celebrated because of a man named St. Francis of Assisi. I read a sermon of his online in which he preaches to the birds. His sermon is, literally, for the…

A Prayer for Safety in an Unsafe World

I find Anglican prayers helpful when I want to pray and hear wiser words than my own, when I want to silence my own restless mind and listen in on God’s prayers for me.* This prayer is a Compline service (old english word, related to the word “Complete”) that is prayed before going to bed, at the end…

Pro-Women; what it means to have hope for the dead

When I was in second or third year I was sitting in a seminar at Brock and we were talking about the history of oppression of women. I was frustrated with the way the conversation was going. I didn’t know why but I think in hindsight (10 years later) I know what bugged me. “Oppression”…

What I believe about Evolution

A rewriting of something someone else wrote… original stuffy British piece here. People make mistakes. Even church people. I’m about to tell you about a mistake the church made. Big new ideas can be scary, because they tend to shake things up and can make you feel like everything you thought you knew is now…

Apostles Creed Common English

(Just handed this in. An assignment in “translation”.) Write a “translation” or paraphrase of the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed into contemporary vernacular English. I believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born…

Truth and Reconciliation Jesus

I was drawing a comic on the flipchart – essentially a timeline of the Early Church – in our confirmation class. At one point, I draw two wedding rings overlapping with the words “Church” and “state” underneath. Emperor Constantine becomes a Christian. There is a marriage of church and state. This is why we don’t…

My sermon on John 3:16

Lent 4 (Gospel reading: John 3:14-21) Our Bible passage today is the chunk of scripture surrounding one of the most famous verses in the Bible – John 3:16. One of the reasons it’s so famous is that it is considered to be an encapsulation, a summary of the Gospel. It is Jesus Christ’s life, and ministry…

Comfort, don’t Kill

One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen was called, “How to Die in Oregon,” which came out in 2011 and chronicled three people’s deaths – on film (two of which we heard audio but they did not film the actual act). It was heart-rending, understandably. These were the last moments of life for people. They were…