Foolish and Excessive Saints

SERMON—ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY—2 November 2014 Fear the Most High, you that are God’s saints, for those who fear God lack nothing.  In the name of the undivided Trinity, one God now and forever.  Amen. The young man stood alone in the centre of the town square.  All around him, people...

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The Dance of Love

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. May I speak in the name of God ….. Whenever the Church gets itself into heated arguments about who can get married in church, who can take communion – when, where and how, and who can be ordained, today’s...

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St. Matthew and the Parable of the Vineyard

Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.   Only S. Matthew – of all the evangelists – could have written that. Both Mark and Luke’s have the same parable of the...

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Being Made and Re-Made by Scripture

A Sermon Preached at Christ Church Cathedral, Montréal St. Matthew’s Day 2014 The Rev. Canon Eric Beresford, D.D. While I was a theological student, one of the “characters” around the university was a faculty member called Dennis Nineham. In addition to his well known if controversial commentary on the Gospel...

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Choose God’s Cross

I once had someone criticize Christians for our veneration of the cross. They weren’t accusing us of idolatry or of general religious wrong-headedness. Rather it was the obscenity of venerating a means of torture and execution that was just too much for this person – and they had a point....

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