Sermons by OSLC

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“By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”

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Numbers 21:4-9 4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 5 The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For […]

Love, Not Temple Cult – The Logic of the Cross

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Third Sunday in Lent, Year B 7 March 2021 Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22   In a book entitled The Sunday after Tuesday, a collection of sermons that were preached in College pulpits on the Sunday after 9/11, Michael L. Budde, professor at DePaul University, writes about the event at Washington […]

Against the Abuse of Power

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Exodus 20:1-17 1Then God spoke all these words: 2I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3you shall have no other gods before me. 4You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven […]

Where Faithful Discipleship May Lead

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Second Sunday in Lent, Year B 28 February 2021 Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 Psalm 22:23-31 Romans 4:13-25 Mark 8:31-38   That the apostle Peter has difficulty with Jesus’ announcement of his suffering and death shouldn’t surprise us since it’s not exactly our idea of a great time either. I mean, who wouldn’t go to great lengths […]

The Wideness of God’s Love

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Genesis 17:1-7, 15-22 1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless. 2And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.” 3Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him, […]

Who and What Do We Live For?

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First Sunday in Lent, Year B 21 February 2021 Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25:1-10 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15   I will always remember Marc Messier’s Lay’s potato chip commercial that ends with him saying to us, “Bet you can’t have just one.” Often that is how we define temptation. To eat the whole bag of […]

From Death to Life

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Ash Wednesday, Year B 17 February 2021 Psalm 51:1-17 Isaiah 58:1-12 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10 Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21   The pastors of the Lower Mainland still meet up on Zoom on a regular basis, to support each other and to compare notes. We have been in this pandemic for almost a year now and so many […]

God’s Peculiar People

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The Transfiguration of Our Lord, Year B 14 February 2021 2 Kings 2:1-12 Psalm 50:1-6 2 Corinthians 4:3-6 Mark 9:2-9   The first time I remember articulating that I wanted to be a pastor was when I was in grade one. The boys in the class were talking about what they wanted to be when […]

God chose what is foolish

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2 Corinthians 4:3-6 4:3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of […]

Living in Hope

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Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, Year B 7 February 2021 Isaiah 40:21-31 Psalm 147:1-11, 20c 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 Mark 1:29-39   I run my errands on Fridays. This past week I was out a little longer, first hearing on the radio that this was the day when we’d find out whether restrictions may be lifted […]