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A great darkness

“In those days, after the suffering the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light…” (Mark 13:24) This week, I rather foolishly weighed in on two debates on Facebook. Normally I make it a policy to not use social media as a platform for discussion because there’s something about the fact that we don’t see each other’s faces that seems to breed more aggressive communication, and I don’t like that. The first issue I weighed in on was an initiative by the Business community in Brockville on buying “3 meals in 3 days” from local restaurants. ... Read more
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Personal Branding and Sheep

Matthew 25:31-46 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, 33 and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. 34 Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation ... Read more
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A Great Cloud of Witnesses

  Hebrews 12: 1,2 Reads as follows: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of[b] the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”   Last week Bethel celebrated its 125th anniversary.  When I put ... Read more
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The Pillar of Salt

Dear Bethel Friends, Do you all remember the story of Sodom and Gomorrah? You know – that old Sunday School lesson about the destruction of a city because they had descended into a way of living that just was so counter to God’s culture that it couldn’t be saved?  I was reading the story a few days ago – its in Genesis 18 and 19 if you want to read the whole thing.  However, I was struck by a couple of passages (these are both in Genesis Chapter 19): 15 When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Get up, ... Read more
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Freedom and Fluffy White Dogs

Freedom and Fluffy White Dogs. John 8:31-36 31 Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, “You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not have a permanent place in the ... Read more
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Being Small

A few years ago I went to Chautauqua – a retreat centre in New York state. Chautauqua isn’t any ordinary retreat centre; its massive to start with – bigger than most of the communities where I have served the church – its multi-faith, and it has a full arts program with its own in-house orchestra, opera company and theatre company. Its also very expensive and has a lot of people with a lot more money than I have who ‘summer’ there. I went to Chautauqua on my Con-Ed money; and frankly it was an incredibly good use of that resource. ... Read more
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