On this Sunday, we are time warped, as Christians, back to scene we would rather forget: Jesus on the Cross, abandoned and broken. The last place we want to imagine Christ the King. And yet, his last conversation with another human being, stripped of the context of Holy Week and Good Friday, carries a special … Continue reading 7 Lessons for Advent
On earth, the cryosphere – the frozen water – is melting. The oceans are getting hotter and rising. Parts of the world are becoming too hot to live in. The forests are burning. In Nova Scotia, my home province, we see it happening, watching from the shoreline. The ocean feels different. The life in it … Continue reading “by our endurance we will gain our souls.”
This week, at the National Arts Centre, the play Come From Away is sold out on every night. This is the story, as many of you will remember, of how the small town of Gander responded when nearly 40 planes were suddenly grounded following the terrorist attack of 9/11. What happened on the ground has … Continue reading True Power. True Wealth.
This morning we hear the story of the two sisters Martha and Mary, surely one of the most retable stories in the Bible. Jesus comes to visit, invited by Martha, who immediately sets to work, making plans, prepping dinner, organizing the way one needs to when an important guest arrives. Mary, on the other hand, … Continue reading Jesus’ JOMO
Six weeks before the federal government enacted a moratorium on the northern cod fishery, I was standing on the back of a cape islander, jigging for cod with two of my friends off the north shore of Cape Breton. We caught 65 pounds of fillets in 30 minutes. We thought that was impressive. But I … Continue reading The Promise Worth Risking For