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The 6th Sunday after Epiphany; Luke 6:17-26 (Jeremiah 17:5-10)

In a Kurdish folk tale1 a person walking along the ocean shore came upon a man sitting on a rock, with a large chest filled with gold coins beside him. Every so often, the man would pick up one of the coins, look at it closely, turn it around in his hand several times, feel […]

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The Baptism of the Lord [10:00 a.m. Holy Communion with Renewal of Baptismal Vows]; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

A theologian-friend, as part of a research project, developed a questionnaire that began, “Please indicate which of the following statements about Jesus could possibly be true.” Then followed items such as, “The baby Jesus occasionally had diarrhea, and required constant changing;” “The infant Jesus once in a while had colic, and screamed the house down;” […]

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The Baptism of the Lord [8:00 a.m. Holy Communion]; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

In the Orthodox Churches the important truth at this time of year is not that our Lord was born, but that he was manifested to humanity as the incarnate God. Therefore the great festival among Orthodox Christians is not Christmas (Jan 7 this year), but Epiphany. On that day (Jan 19 this year), two manifestations […]

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Christmas Eve at 8 p.m.; Luke 2:1-20 (The Christmas Story)

In the 35 years I have been preaching I’m somewhere north of a thousand sermons in total. I don’t know how many of those were Christmas sermons, but there’s one I’ve preached a lot! The first time was my 1st Christmas at St. Francis of Assisi in Mississauga, as a children’s story at the family […]

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The 2nd Sunday of Advent; Luke 3:1–6

It took a while for that Gospel to get to “what happened” from “when it happened”! The timing is to within a year; in 26 or 27 CE John the Baptist preached at the Jordan river. Luke makes sure we know that John is not a myth; he is a real person, firmly located in […]

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