God of the margins

HOMILY—PENTECOST 3—The God of the Margins In the name of the one, holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.  Amen. What might it mean to live on the margins?  There are several ways one can approach this question.  The first, and perhaps most obvious for us, is the economic perspective.  Living on the margins […]

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Earnestly and amazed

(Sermon preached at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Quebec City) Thank you for inviting me to preach this morning, in this first Anglican cathedral to be built outside the British Isles. I remember when I was back in England, having a conversation with a young woman who was just about to take up […]

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The Roman Catholic priest Richard Rohr writes this about the Trinity: “Trinity leads us into the world of mystery and humility where we cannot understand, we can only experience”  “Where we cannot understand, we can only experience.” But how exactly do we experience Trinity?  For me it has been in experiencing God’s love flowing through […]

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  It’s life Jim, but not as we know it     May I speak in the name of God the one holy and undivided Trinity.     Sadly that quote from Star Trek is just an urban myth.  But it works quite well for a Pentecost ordination … it’s life – but not as […]

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The Woman with the Open Heart

         In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity, one God, now and forever.  Amen.          We hear a great deal about conversion these days, and mostly in a negative light: “conversion” to so-called radical Islam, “conversion” to some new religious practice that we easily dismiss as a cult, even “conversion” away from religion […]

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Seen by God and never forgotten

Picture a long flowing river.  The water gathers from the mountain and flows downwards until it becomes wide and fast-flowing.  It goes through valleys and past settlements and communities, small branches break off and take different routes.  Eventually they all flow out into the deep blue ocean. This is usually how we think of time. […]

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(Extra)ordinary Faith

SERMON—Easter 3 (2016)—(Extra)ordinary Faith In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” We sometimes forget just how ordinary a faith experience can be. I don’t mean ordinary is the sense of bland or colourless, or even boring, but ordinary in the […]

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What lies outside our egg?

This is a bit of a ‘chicken and egg’ kind of sermon.  here’s the Easter chicken – (a duckling actually) and here’s the Easter egg.  Now which one came first? …… Did we human beings invent the story of Jesus rising again, because we like to believe in life after death, or did God invent […]

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