Beyond the Veil (A Reflection on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels)

If there’s one thing we’re learning as a culture it’s that the world is a far more complicated place than we’ve understood it to be. A simple world is one we can get our heads around, a world of obvious binaries of right and wrong, heroes and villains, male and female, animate and inanimate, even … Continue reading Beyond the Veil (A Reflection on the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels)

Deliverance (A reflection on Numbers 21.4-9)

The Hebrew Bible text assigned for today presents a curious story. Moses is leading the people from slavery in Egypt through the wilderness to the land of Canaan. The journey is hard and the people are complaining. As a result of their complaints, they are beset by venomous snakes until they cry out for help. … Continue reading Deliverance (A reflection on Numbers 21.4-9)

Fire on the Earth (A sermon on Luke 12.49-56)

[This is the text of a sermon I gave at Grace Church on-the-Hill in Toronto on August 18, 2019] As many of you know, I work in the public sector. One of the things I love about working in this environment is that it gives me the chance to talk to a lot of different … Continue reading Fire on the Earth (A sermon on Luke 12.49-56)

A Song of the Vineyard (A Reflection on Isaiah 5.1-7)

I’ve been asked to preach at my local parish tomorrow and so I’ve been spending a lot of time the past couple weeks in the readings for this Sunday. The text from the Hebrew Scriptures caught my eye but I unfortunately wasn’t able to fit it in to my sermon. So I thought I’d take … Continue reading A Song of the Vineyard (A Reflection on Isaiah 5.1-7)

Jars of Clay (A Reflection on the Transfiguration)

“Behold, now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation, a divine, new and eternal day, not measured in hours, never lengthening or shortening, uninterrupted by night. For us it is the day of the Sun of righteousness, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning!” These words are from the introduction … Continue reading Jars of Clay (A Reflection on the Transfiguration)