Here are a few quick pics I took at a friend’s wood shop yesterday.
“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 [...]
I took this picture of an ant the other day. I love the diffused feel of it. For months now I’ve been thinking about preaching on ants. The idea of their collective mind doing more than any individual ant can do is intriguing. Scientists and church communities operate the same way.
Stephen Hawking’s recent comment that an alien visit would not work out well for us – just like Columbus’ visit wasn’t very good for the natives – shocked a lot of souls. When someone this esteemed makes this kind of comment you have to listen. Last month 22,000 people were asked if they believed that [...]
This Sunday I’m going to be preaching on a modern day parable about the crash of a Nicaraguan drug plane. (here’s a pdf of the story) What do you think God is saying through this? Short video of this sermon – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I-CBSl5R0A Full video – http://blip.tv/file/3508929
Hockey is a unique product of Canada’s divine cultural calling — and one of its best. This Sunday a sacred ritual will play out. And the faithful will gather from sea to sea to sea. Congregating on the edges of our couches, eyes glued to our sets, we’ll get caught up in an ecstasy, lost [...]
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 [...]
I just saw this image in an old TIME LIFE book. The caption read, “A six year old orphan from Austria ecstatically embraces a brand new pair of shoes just given to him by the Red Cross.” It’s a powerful image, and in my mind it’s a parable; The parable of the prodigal son… When [...]
Ok, here’s the homework for this Sunday’s sermon on photography. Take a photo that looks like this photo. Try to make it look as much the same as possible. That’s it. It only took me ten seconds to take this very ordinary shot, with no real planning or preparation. So it shouldn’t take you too [...]
OK. I need some help for next week Sunday’s message. As I mentioned at church this morning, I want to know why you find a connection with New Hope Church (assumming you do). What is it about this church that makes it relevant to you? Why are you a part of this community? If you [...]