Advent II: Mighty God

In this season of hope we call Advent, we will prepare ourselves for Christmas by reflecting each week on the words of the Prophet Isaiah, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,…

Advent I: Wonderful Counselor

“For to us a child is born, In this season of hope we call Advent, we will prepare ourselves for Christmas by reflecting each week on the words of the Prophet Isaiah, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,…

Hope in an age of Hopelessness

“In a world bereft of meaning, there’s no point in pretending to be hopeful.” This is the title of a recent essay penned by Canadian author and cultural commentator John Semley. It is a wide ranging essay that tries to connect the Philadelphia Flyers new mascot, Gritty, and internet memes and motivational sayings printed on…

Broadway-First Baptist Church Remembers

To see World War I Memorials, click this link  WW1 Memorials To see World War II Memorials, click this link WW2 Memorial Today is November 11. Today is Remembrance Day – the day that marks the end of the First World War almost exactly 100 years ago to the hour. As you look around, you have probably…

I CAN’T DO IT

“I can’t do it.” This is a familiar refrain in our house. It is used often by my kids about homework, household chores, and getting up for school in the morning.  I can’t blame them for it – I used it lot as a kid too.  I still do.  There are still times when a…

Back to the Basics

As our congregation’s leadership has gathered over the past few weeks, we have found ourselves asking the questions, “What now? What is our next step? In light of where we are and where we believe we need to go, what do we need to focus on for these next coming months?” As we discussed these…

The Cross and the Sword

THE CROSS AND THE SWORD I can still remember that moment of discovery as a child. I was at a friend’s house whose parents took a different view on what sort of toys were appropriate for children to play with than my own parents did. We were playing with toy swords, a sort of forbidden…

Dry Bones

  DRY BONES For the record, I wasn’t there. But I do wonder what I would have done if I had been. It happened like this. I was in seminary and a number of friends were excited about a new guest faculty member who would be giving an advanced course in preaching. He was a…

FOREST BATHING AND OTHER THINGS

Shinrin-yoku. Have you heard this term? For the past number of months it has been popping up all over the media-world in places as familiar as the CBC and ‘The Globe and Mail’ and as diverse as ‘National Geographic’, ‘Business Insider’, and ‘Vogue’. The term is Japanese and means “forest bathing.”It became popular in Japan…