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Stand

Citizens of Heaven stand, first, in God’s Country. We stand in a place where love is the law, and where compassion is the exercise of that law. We stand in a place where justice and mercy are never contradictory, and where glory and humility are mirrored in each other. Continue reading

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Living beatitudes

How do the Beatitudes speak to our life as Christians in this world that is so often turned upside down, and in which fear and hate seem to run wild? Continue reading

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Violence

If what we want is to remove a concrete and physical threat, then we can talk about violence. If what we want is to be safe and live in peace, we better talk about something else. Continue reading

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Everywhere, everywhere, everywhere.

In the meantime, we are called to live out life here on earth and we do so with a choice. A choice to choose between fear or hope. Maybe that sounds like a weak declaration to some of you, but I have nothing else. And I think it is enough. Continue reading

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An eternal perspective

We may struggle with how long it is taking for Christ to return; we may even cry out amid the failure to see the presence of God in the midst of horrors. Yet none of these things detract from that singular truth which is our hope: in the end, God wins. Continue reading

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Praying our baptismal vows (part 5)

The sacrament of baptism is more than a one-day celebration; it is a life-long commitment. Each Sunday of Lent I will offer a reflection on one of our baptismal vows. This week: “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” Continue reading

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The peace of Christ and awkward hugs

Has individualism subtly entered into the life of the church—primarily through the ‘Passing of the Peace’? When we hug those who do not want to be hugged—or assume that everyone in the church must be comfortable with hugs because that is what we do—are we asserting an individualism that essentially denies the other person a life beyond our wishes? Continue reading

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Grandma

Grandma is now sharing in God’s eternal life, and it’s not even just about that. It’s about the possibility of what our lives are for. It’s about a God who chooses to be powerful in our world because now and again there is an open heart that finds the capacity to say yes. Let it be with me according to your word. Continue reading

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#FastforPeace

What can the church do in light of horrors like Mosul? How about a Fast? On August 23rd, will you engage in a day-long fast in order to echo the mourning around the world, and to plead for God to act mightily? Continue reading

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The War of the Poppies

Sometimes pop culture finds meaning in something as simple as the colour of a poppy. Rev. John Martin, our guest blogger has written about the recent white vs. red poppy controversy, which you will find below
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