Learning to Live… Through Jesus, Our Neighbours and Each Other

GRASSHOPPERS AND GRACE

“I will repay you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten…. You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.”  (Joel 2.25-26) On July 20, 1875, the largest recorded swarm of locusts in North American history descended upon the…

THE BLUE-COLLAR PROPHET

Amos was a blue collar rather than a blue blooded prophet. He explicitly tells us that he was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, that is, in the professional sense of that term. No, he was a shepherd, a farmer, and a tender of fig trees. He was also a small town…

IF IT COMES SLOWLY, WAIT!

Some seven hundred years before Christ, a Hebrew poet prophet surveyed the society in which he lived and reacted with a lament that rings true even to our day. 2 O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you ‘Violence!’ and you will not save? 3 Why do you make…

SUMMONED

12The angel of the Lord appeared to him [on the threshing floor] and said to him, ‘The Lord is with you, you mighty warrior.’   (Judges 6.12) “The ordinary activities I find most compatible with contemplation are walking, baking bread, and doing laundry.”  (Kathleen Norris) There is a wonderful Old Testament story about an ordinary young man, a farmer,…

CHRISTIANESE

Are you ever confused by the proliferation of acronyms? (and I’m just talking about those used in church circles) Quick now, score yourself on the following list.  If you get 8-10 correct you’re either super-spiritual or you don’t get out enough!  5-7, you are lukewarm.  1-4, get the App. MCC MDS CFGB MEDA CCCC UCC…

A BLESSED CHURCH

In April of this year Mennonite Church Sask began a year-long process called Refresh, Refocus, Renew to ask ourselves what it means to be the church at this time and in this place.  Three retreat/focus sessions during the next twelve months will help us to discern our purpose and mission. In our first weekend together,…

DARE LIKE DANIEL

Dare to be a Daniel,                                                                                                    …

THE WORD OF CREATION

“The heavens are declaring God’s splendour, the sky is announcing the work of God’s hands.”  (Psalm 19.1) “The Bible leaves no doubt at all about the sanctity of the act of world-making, or of the world that was made, or of creaturely or bodily life in this world. We are holy creatures living among other…

HOLY WEEK

This year I offer some reflections on the Cross and resurrection from my files.   Many poems and hymns have been written on the events of Holy Week.  May they inspire your reflections in this sacred time. Garth THURSDAY I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. The only…

JESUS THE EVANGELIST (1)

READ John 3.1-17 Let’s use our imaginations.  We don’t know much about him.  Maybe he’s the professor of Torah at the seminary in Jerusalem.  Likely he is a political leader, well-connected to the political and religious elites of the city. But as the story goes, one night he secretly calls a taxi and directs it…