God’s Dinner Party

In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.  Amen. We have all given a dinner party at some point in our lives.  It can be either a fancy affair, or actually quite simple: either a long list of guests requiring the most byzantine grid for table seating, or a few […]

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Au nom de la sainte et indivise Trinité: un seul Dieu, maintenant et pour toujours.  Amen. We gather joyfully in the presence of God, but also in the shadow of Orlando and continued acts of homophobic violence around the world.  We come together around this table to celebrate word and sacrament, a proud and defiant […]

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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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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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(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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Pushing Back Against the Devil

In the name of the one, holy and undivided Trinity: Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer. Amen. Several years ago, I taught a class called The History of Satan. It was a survey course looking at personified evil in the Jewish and Christian traditions. It was also an examination of what we call ‘the monstrous’ in the […]

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Are You a King?

HOMILY FOR ‘REIGN OF CHRIST’ SUNDAY 2015—‘Are You a King?’ Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen. Today, we mark the formal end of the Church’s liturgical year. Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, and the cycle of the liturgical seasons begins again. Today, the […]

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The Work of an Evangelist

SERMON—18 October 2015—The Work of an Evangelist Glory to God, Source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit. Amen. Today, we honour and remember St. Luke: evangelist, storyteller, disciple, martyr and physician. We know him, of course, because of the gospel he wrote, but also as the author of the Acts of the Apostles, […]

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Thinking Theologically about Binaries

SERMON—4 OCTOBER 2015 Glory to God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit. Amen. I will admit that, when I looked at them, the readings for today made me slightly uneasy. That, of course, may not come as a total surprise to some of you. Do I really want to talk about marriage, […]

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Such a Queer Thing

SERMON—Pentecost 12—Such a Queer Thing In the name of the holy and undivided Trinity, one God now and forever. Amen. Queer: strange, odd, curious, unusual, peculiar, transgressive, subversive. Christianity is such a queer thing. Consider the evidence. A god takes on human flesh. A virgin gives birth. A saviour triumphs by being humiliated and made […]

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