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June 21, 2015 – Peace! Be Still! – Text: Mark 4:35-41

Last Sunday, I talked about how impatient I was. I was glad to know that I was not the only one. Some of you came to me after the service and said “me too.” Some of you were nudging the persons sitting beside you during my sermon, meaning ‘he’s talking about you.’ I was encouraged(…)

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June 14, 2015 – How Little We Know – Text: Mark 4:26-34

I like to think that a life is a school. In this school, everyone is a student and a teacher. We learn from one another. There is no beginning or ending of the school. We never stop growing, as there are unlimited opportunities to learn something new everywhere and all the time. In this lifelong(…)

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June 7, 2015 – All My Relations – Text: Genesis 3:8-15

Last Tuesday, surrounded by 700 people, including residential school survivors, I was sitting in Riddell Hall at the University of Winnipeg as one of the witnesses to a Canadian historic moment – the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. I felt both the deep pain of the survivors and their families, and the(…)

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May 31, 2015 – The Gift of Intimacy

Preached at the Service of Celebration of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario Conference on Sunday, May 31, 2015 at University of Manitoba The Gift of Intimacy After moving to Winnipeg at this time last year, I have been fascinated with the land in Manitoba. I’ve never felt such a strong sense of connection to land as(…)

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May 24, 2015 – Being Led by the Spirit – Text: Acts 2:1-21

I was in an artillery regiment during my military service in South Korea but I never touched the artillery – in fact, I rarely saw it. I had a different job. As an assistant chaplain, I led lots of worship services, ministered to new recruits, and visited those who were on guard duty with coffee(…)

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May 17, 2015 – That We May Be One – Text: John 17:6-19

Deep in our hearts there is a yearning to communicate with God and with others. We don’t know who planted the seed of such yearning. I think we are born with it. The seed grows well in a loving and caring community like any flower seeds grow well with good conditions such as good soil,(…)

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May 10, 2015 – Looking After One Another – Text: John 19: 25b-27

These days I have a growing concern about the sense of isolation or loneliness in our society. Everyone knows that it’s a huge social issue in Canada, but we don’t talk enough about it so that more and more people can be aware of the issues. Or worse yet, we don’t try enough to overcome(…)

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April 26, 2015 – Dwelling in the House of The Lord – Text: Psalm 23

As I shared in my weekly column in the bulletin, Moment with Min-Goo, last week I spent one of the most amazing weeks of my life at Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre in Beausejour, Manitoba. It was a rare and precious opportunity for my whole being – body, mind and spirit – to be involved in learning.(…)

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April 12, 2015 – Doubting Thomas, Our Hero – Text: John 20: 19-31

When I read the Bible, I try to read between the lines, listening not only to spoken words but also to unspoken words. It takes imagination, our own life experiences, and time to understand what the Bible is telling us. The mystery of reading the Bible is that the same passage speaks differently to different(…)

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April 5, 2015 – Stay Long Enough – Text: John 20: 1-18

Our Easter story begins when it’s still dark. Darkness is an image for John to describe the absence of Jesus, the light of the world. It’s night when Judas, right after receiving the piece of bread, goes out to betray his master. Darkness is also an image of searching. A Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader(…)

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