New Day

Sermon: Luke 6.12-19 June 23, 2019 https://willoughby.lwchurch.ca/podcasts/media/2019-06-23-on-the-inside-looking-out Look at Jesus and find God on the level ground with the rest of us. Hear Jesus say your name, inviting you into the human project for the world’s renewal. Follow Jesus into prayer and discover life with God in loving dependence.  

Imagining Gloria

Gloria Jane was born May 30, 2019. I wrote the first poem in the Spring of 2018 as Sarah and I began to take seriously the possibility of becoming parents, the second during the third trimester, and the third on our final getaway before our daughter was born. Imagining Gloria was written on a hunch that weRead more

Being ourselves, together

Katharine Tynan writes in her poem Slow Spring, O year, grow slowly. Exquisite, holy, The days go on With almonds showing the pink stars blowing, And birds in the dawn. “O year, grow slowly. Exquisite, holy…” The idea that taking our time, or going slowly, is somehow connected to things around us or within us becomingRead more

Full of Surprises

…very early on Sunday morning the women went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 They found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. 3 So they went in, but they didn’t find the body of the Lord Jesus.4 As they stood there puzzled, two men suddenly appeared to them, clothed in dazzling robes. 5 TheRead more

Holy Week Poems

___ In the Praetorium His is the name on everyone’s lips the Galilean who talks in riddles tangled like empty nets. We know his kind, fiery, foolish enough to turn up this week of all bloody weeks. What are they saying this time in the courts about his chances? Oh, it’s not looking good. FoolishRead more

Don’t Look Away

There is a balsam, or indeed a blood, Dropping from heaven, which doth both cleanse and close All sorts of wounds; of such strange force it is. Seek out this All-heal, and seek no repose, Until thou find and use it to thy good. (George Herbert, An Offering) Hanging on our hallway wall is a printRead more

Whole-Hearted

…an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equallyRead more

Advent Poems (2018)

  On a face out the shade;And the tilled field frozen;From the candle’s wick made;Bright-burning, glad-chosen;Through the tree on the road;In the corners of hearts;Lightly lifting the load;Happ’ly sparking new starts.                                                Read more

A Voice in the Wild

Sermon | Living Waters Church | February 10, 2019 A real shake up. That’s what we can expect if we listen and respond to the good news about Jesus. We’re drawn out of our usual surroundings and into the wild by a voice telling us something different than others tell us, or even what weRead more