• Posted on June 02, 2011

How a U2 sermon comes together

Driving home from the U2 concert this morning I turned to my wife Fran and said, “I love the way this sermon is coming together!  It just seems so right… that church happens in this way.”  I  had just received an email from Tim in Edmonton passing on 12 of his concert photos for use […]

  • Posted on May 04, 2011

Mother’s Day sermon research help…

Ok, moms, I’m working on my sermon for Mother’s day – on the maternal heart of God – and I’m wondering if you could help me out… by responding to the following two questions; 1. What’s the biggest thing that being a mom has taught you about what God is like? 2. How does your answer to question […]

  • Posted on February 10, 2011

The Gospel According to Naheed Nenshi

This Sunday Calgary’s Mayor is going to be one of the sermon texts I’ll be speaking on.  What do he and his policies tell us about the nature of God?  After the message we’re going to have a 15-20 minute dialogue about what it might look like to be better citizens.  The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “Seek […]

  • Posted on September 27, 2010

Jesus at The Arcade Fire concert

“This concert experience was totally different because of what we did at church this morning,” said Kailey, a fellow New Hoper who sat (stood dancing) beside me at the Arcade Fire explosion last night.   She’s right.  It was… for me too.  I must have seen twenty of the the same people who were in church that morning, that […]

  • Posted on September 08, 2010

Preaching Arcade Fire

This is what makes me cry.  On a day when nothing seems to be moving fast with either the book or my level of sermon inspiration, I make this Arcade Fire/Biblical text connection.   In a new song called ‘City with no Children’ I hear, “I feel like I’ve been living in a city with no children in it, […]

  • Posted on March 16, 2010

Where do you experience Flow (Joy)?

This Sunday I’m preaching on the connection between the biblical concept of ‘joy’ and the psychological concept of ‘flow’. I need some help. When does time stop for you? When do you find yourself doing exactly what you want to be doing, and never wanting it to end? Is it painting, or making love, or […]

  • Posted on January 04, 2010

Seeing God in a Defense Attorney

One day I’d like to preach on the justice system; how God is revealed through our society’s laws. Yesterday I found a great sermon introduction in the person of James Lockyer… Lockyer is a defense lawyer famous in Canada for his work in freeing those unjustly imprisoned. Reading a short biography of the man in […]

  • Posted on November 09, 2009

laughing at God

This Sunday I’ll be preac My Ex Girlfriend Dumped Me Is Already 3 Months In A Honeymoon Stage hing on Regina Spektor’s hit song, “Laughing with…” It’s a poignant commentary on God and faith. Here’s the link – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rov3pV9PsRI What do you think God is saying through this artist’s musings? The following comments are owned […]

  • Posted on April 21, 2009

The Parable of Susan Boyle

“What do you think God is saying through the parable of Susan Boyle?” This was the question I asked a group of pastor-wannabes at a preaching workshop on Saturday morning. I’d just finished laying out the theological argument for a God who speaks through the events of history, and now figured we could apply the […]

  • Posted on March 04, 2008

God’s message through Barack Obama

So what is it about Barack Obama? Why the huge attraction to this political phenom? Some say it’s his charismatic oratory. No doubt that’s true. The man can talk! But the bigger draw may lie in the content of his message; his hope for reconciliation. In a world shattered by schism – war, racial divide, […]