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The Apostles' Creed

January 10, 2016

I love the Apostles' Creed. It is a succinct summary of a great many of the beliefs that I hold as a Christian. I call it an "executive summary". Nevertheless, it is obvious that no mention of Jesus' earthly life is made in the Creed …( read more )

The Cluster Of The Pleiades

June 14, 2014

I am in the middle of a very interesting general-interest course on the life cycle of stars. To simplify and condense the subject, the current theory is that stars are formed within clouds of stellar gases, the detritus of dead stars. …( read more )

Alzheimer's

May 10, 2014

Many of us know what a scourge Alzheimer's disease is. While cancer in its various forms seems to dominate the attention of our aging congregation right now, we have also had our share of Alzheimer's and dementia victims. The despair, …( read more )

Why Susan?

August 31, 2013

I host a weekly lectionary Bible study. Our study is truly ecumenical, with four Presbyterians, one Baptist, one Gospel Church member, and, until just a couple of months ago, one Anglican, a lady whom I will call Susan. She was a recent …( read more )

The Word Of God

April 10, 2013

I host a weekly ecumenical lectionary Bible study. The people who attend are Christians of all stripes, and so are the versions of the holy Bible that they bring with them. We may have four or five versions in use at one time, and we …( read more )

What Are We Capable Of?

November 3, 2012

I sometimes think that we Christians can get a little too smug about what we would and would not do. It's not surprising. After all, we have the benefit of hindsight. We have our Bibles and two thousand years of Christian tradition behind …( read more )

Touching

July 21, 2012

I suspect that many lay people who "labour in the Lord's vineyard", both in and out of church, may never know who they have touched or how they have touched them. I was one of those fortunate enough to find … (read more)

My Father's World

June 11, 2012

I am — or rather, was — a walker. I guess I got into it when I started timber cruising (topographic and timber quantitative surveying) for various logging companies on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, during summers in my high … (read more)

Walking The Talk

May 20, 2012

I don't know if Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Prize winner, is a Christian or not. If he isn't, he's putting on a pretty convincing, hard-to-follow act, giving us a fine example. Mr. Liu first came to the notice of the … (read more)

God And You And Me

April 13, 2012

Each of us will face the stark certainty in the last day, the last hour, the last second of our lives — that there is nothing else remaining — just us and God. A few of us may be destined … (read more)

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