Sermons by OSLC

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What motivates us?

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Proper 6(11), Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 17 June 2018 1 Samuel 15:34 – 16:13 Psalm 20 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, (11-13), 14-17 Mark 4:26-34   It was in June of 1992 that Jackie and I came back to Canada. We moved to Saskatoon where I would complete my theological studies. We were young and had little […]

Distinct Character

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Proper 5 (10), Third Sunday after Pentecost 10 June 2018 1 Samuel 8:4-11, (12-15), 16-20, (11:14-15) Psalm 138 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Mark 3:20-35   There is one line I remember from my childhood that corresponds with today’s readings. I don’t even remember what the specific applications were. It may have been about clothes I wanted, […]

Faith and the slippery slope

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Proper 4 (9), Second Sunday after Pentecost 3 June 2018 1 Samuel 3:1-10, (11-20) Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 2 Corinthians 4:5-12 Mark 2:23-3:6   There are two things we know about Jesus that seem contradictory. The first one is that Jesus was an observant Jew who would visit temple and synagogue who loved and knew the […]

Entering the Story

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The Holy Trinity 27 May 2018 Isaiah 6:1-8 Psalm 29 Romans 8:12-17 John 3:1-17   Nicodemus was an interesting guy. He was a pious man. He was a pharisee which meant about as much as that he believed in the scriptures and in worship. It is true that the gospels tell us that most pharisees […]

Dreams and Visions. What kind of dreams and visions?

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The Day of Pentecost 20 May 2018 Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34, 35b Romans 8:22-27 or Acts 2:1-21 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15   I attended the special City Council meeting on Thursday. I arrived at 6:25 pm and signed in as speaker number 71. With everyone being given 5 minutes to speak, not accounting for the transition […]

Diverse and lively, not static and homogeneous

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Fifth Sunday of Easter 29 April 2018 Acts 8:26-40 Psalm 22:25-31 1 John 4:7-21 John 15:1-8   It has always been my policy not to remove anyone from the membership roll, the directory, or to reassign their mailbox. This has been my policy not in order to inflate our numbers, as at times membership numbers […]

On Being Loved and on Loving

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Fourth Sunday of Easter 22 April 2018 Acts 4:5-12 Psalm 23 1 John 3:16-24 John 10:11-18 Last fall, when Jackie and I traveled to Germany, we also visited my father’s widow. Katharina is a lovely woman who lives right across from the small cemetery where my father is buried. I am not sure if this […]

Speechlessness and Love

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Third Sunday of Easter 15 April 2018 Acts 3:12-19 Psalm 4 1 John 3:1-7 Luke 24:36b-48   I don’t watch TV. I listen to the radio and I read but I don’t watch TV. That means I hear different stories. In middle school before class on Wednesday mornings the boys would stand in a huddle […]

Life Coach or Way of Life?

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Second Sunday of Easter 8 April 2018 Acts 4:32-35 Psalm 133 1 John 1:1-2:2 John 20:19-31   It has sometimes been suggested that the Book of Acts is a bit like a collection of fairy tales: everything is wonderful, the church is vibrant, miracles happen, all followers are of one mind and of one spirit.  […]

Believing in the life with Jesus

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1 April 2018 Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Day Acts 10:34-43 Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Mark 16:1-8   Rudolf Bultmann was a good man. He was a brilliant theologian and one of my professors said about his own published dissertation about Bultmann’s theology that when he wrote his dissertation he had not yet […]