Roots Systems

Last week Kirsten Anonby set up this four week series with an introduction covering what human identity is, how we have thought about identity formation traditionally, and how we’re doing identity formation in the post-modern era. She discussed the benefits and pitfalls of how we’re thinking about identity formation today, and turned our attention toRead more

God in High Definition

Light in the Darkness: Christmas in John’s GospelPart Four: God in High Definition LWC November 27, 2022 ______________________ “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known” (John 1.18) Well Christmas is just around the corner andRead more

A Very Old Christmas Story

The Oldest Christmas Story LWC November 27, 2022   John 1.1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light ofRead more

Hosts, Guests & Snobs

LWC October 2, 2022 The Gospel of Luke 14. 1-24  Last week we were treated to Elyse’s teaching on this passage, and we’re so thankful for her time and quality insight. We encourage you to listen back if you missed it. My job this week is to ride on her coattails, as we’re looking atRead more

The pace of mercy

LWC October 2, 2022 The Gospel of Luke 13.10-17 Our oldest child just started pre-school, and on our walk to pre-school I’ve learned to leave some margin because although it takes me just five minutes to get there, it takes her longer. As well it should, when you consider just how many wonderful sticks, pineconesRead more

Roots and Shoots

…just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness… (Colossians 2.6-7) Someone once said that stories are verbal acts of hospitality[i], so let me share a slice of my story by way of entry to ourRead more

Tampering with the Water supply

Ephesians 6.5-9 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, becauseRead more

Remembering John August Anonby

Underlined in John’s Gospel (fittingly, in John Anonby’s Bible) are these words: “I have come that you may have life and life to the full.” Today we attest that John August Anonby took Jesus up on his offer, life to the full. Some years ago I was over at John and Elizabeth’s for supper. At one point IRead more

A Face like fire

Luke 12.49-59 Years ago, Mel Gibson made a film called “The Passion of the Christ”. No Jesus movie gets things exactly right, but it was a fresh take on a character whose portrayals are often clichéd. It was and is a powerful film. When my dad saw it, “The Passion of the Christ” was theRead more

Treasure Maps

Luke 12. 13-21 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance ofRead more