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OCTOBER 13, 2019 – GOING DEEP

Text: Luke 17: 11-19 Many of you have asked me what exactly I am learning during my sabbatical. It’s been a month since I started a Clinical Pastoral Education program at St. Boniface Hospital. It’s a hands-on experience involving the whole being – body, mind and spirit – in learning about pastoral care. The biggest(…)

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October 6, 2019 – A SONG OF LAMENTATION

Text:  Psalm 137 Last Friday, I joined more than 12,000 people in marching for Climate Action downtown Winnipeg. The whole event for me was like a pilgrimage, a journey to the sacred place, where a diverse group of people came together to sing, pray and act. I took a bus, and the first thing I(…)

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September 22, 2019 – LIFE-SAVING MEDICINE

Text:  John 15:12-17, Sirach 6:14-17   Keep your passion alive – It will warm you when the world around you grows cold. It will not allow comfortable familiarity to rob you of that special glow that comes with loving deeply. It can lift you over stone walls of anger and carry you across vast deserts(…)

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September 15, 2019 – LOST AND FOUND

Text: Luke 15: 1-10 I don’t always know what it is that I am looking for. Often I find myself seeking something not knowing what exactly I was missing. From time to time, I feel homesick. There is a certain kind of food that I’d love to taste, a certain atmosphere I can feel relaxed(…)

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September 8, 2019 – IS BEING USEFUL GOOD?

TEXT:  Psalm 139:  1-6; 13-18 It takes times to realize what’s really behind the words we often hear. When Peace, my older son was little, he loved playing with Thomas & Friends toy trains and track sets. His mind and heart were so captured by the talking trains that sometimes he played with the toys(…)

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June 23, 2019 – Following by Staying

Text: Luke 8:26-39 Sometimes you don’t have to be present to experience something deep. Hearing from someone who was there can be as much powerful as you would have experienced yourself. Our friend Rosalind Dearing passed away last Tuesday at her home. The date was set by Rosalind some time ago as part of her(…)

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June 9, 2019 – A Letter to Holland

Text:  Acts 2:1-21 Dear Holland, this is my letter to you. Today is a big day for you and your family as we are celebrating your baptism. You may not fully realize the significance of your baptism now, but as time goes by you will learn to appreciate the meaning. It is here in baptism(…)

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June 2, 2019 – Diverse and Beautiful

Text:  Psalm 139; Galatians 3:23-29 Nothing has a greater impact on me than a real encounter. While I was doing a Master’s degree in the study of religion, I joined a religious research group to travel to China. I was studying ancient Chinese Scriptures of Taoism day and night, but my biggest learning didn’t come(…)

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May 26, 2019 – Engaging Others

Text:  Revelation 21:1-6, 22:1-5   Every once in a while we encounter those who are different from us, and it’s up to us how to respond. In most cases, we don’t have to engage others. They come and go, and we are busy minding our own business. We pass them by like driving through intersections(…)

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May 19, 2019 – No Winner or Loser

Text:  Acts 11:1-18 Sometimes your job description doesn’t tell you everything you’re supposed to do. When I was a youth minister at the Korean United Church in Vancouver, part of my job was to organize softball practice for a church tournament. Many Korean churches in the greater Vancouver area participate in this annual tournament with(…)

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