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Preaching is a communal, multi-layered act; listening, reading, writing, proclaiming, absorbing. This is a place for us to share our preparations for our sermons. Share your first impressions, new discoveries, old favourites, burning questions. This is a place for preachers and listeners alike, to prepare our hearts and minds for the Word.

Who let the Gentiles In ?

If we are gentile followers of Yeshua Ha’Mashiach (Jesus Christ) we can be thankful to Ruth for showing us the possibility of being welcomed into the elect. Continue reading

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Building a preaching series-Hebrews and Job

In a soundbite culture, a preaching series gives the preacher the chance to delve more deeply into some of the theological foundations of our faith. Continue reading

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Why Jesus’ identity doesn’t matter much anymore

It seems that the question of who Jesus is, is not as relevant as it once was. …Preachers can speak about Jesus identity, but the assumptions of popular spirituality have made it largely irrelevant. Should we even bother? Continue reading

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Speechless when something needs to be said-September 6, 2015

Today’s post is really just a way to open up a space in The Community for preachers to process our response to the refugee crisis. Sometimes we just need to wait another week for good news.. Continue reading

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Really? How much do you need?—John 6:24-35

Did you just buy a ticket for the circus? Oh wait. No, you didn’t. You didn’t buy anything. He just showed up and fed all 5,000 of your unprepared selves! Continue reading

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A day late and a dollar short

Maybe it’s a good thing that this story is one of the stories of our faith. Or what else would we tell to those of our friends and neighbours, what else would we tell ourselves, when Divine Justice comes up a day late, and a dollar short? Continue reading

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Leaving on more than a rude gesture: Mark 6:1-13

How many of us have left a job, a project or, maybe, even a church as a cleric or a layperson and had the temptation to make a rude gesture as we walked out the door? By shaking our feet, we are leaving the dust/dirt/sand that belongs in that place there, taking as little of it with us as possible. Continue reading

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Compare and contrast

This week’s pair of stories from the Gospel of Mark beg to be compared and contrasted. Continue reading

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4th Sunday After Pentecost: ask “who” not “what”

God is not reducible to the stuff that happens or the things we have. God is primarily revealed to us as three divine persons with whom we relate, and our bias toward a functional, transactional, doing-God moves us away from an abiding, loving, being-God. “Who is this?” should be our go-to existential query. Continue reading

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3rd after Pentecost: anointing the rejects

The story of the anointing of David is a gift for preachers of narrative and we get a tiny glimpse into the psyche of Samuel; that great king maker who stands as the transitional figure between the times of the Judges and the times of the Kings of Israel. If we remember that Mary’s Magnificat is a reiteration of Hannah’s praise we get the idea the Samuel like Jesus was expected to upset the world order. Continue reading

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