Even a million dollars would not buy God’s love- Teaching Time on Jesus Cleansing the Temple for January 21, 2018

Take a few minutes to listen to these three songs, all performed by great Canadian recording artists: I heard an interview on Thursday with some members of Bare Naked Ladies. The interviewer Tom Power, offered his own take on the million dollars song. He said despite its upbeat tune, and goofy lyrics about kraft dinner, […]

Saving the best for last: Jesus and Dr. King- teaching time for Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, January 14, 2018

This July, Lexie and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. (We each needed special permission to be married, since we were 12 years old at the time.) We were married at one of the churches where Lexie was the minister, in southern Manitoba. Lexie had friends and parishioners in at least 3 or 4 little […]

Jesus, Woody the Cowboy, and John Wesley- teaching time for January 7, 2018

Have you seen the old Pixar movie, “Toy Story 2”? Woody, the Cowboy, is toy-napped by a collector, who plans to sell him to a museum. The collector locked Woody into a room which contained other valuable toys. As soon as the collector left, Woody sprang into action, looking for a way to escape. Woody […]

Being Good News (for Dec. 31, 2017)

Every year Mrs. Cynthia Valleau, an 8th grade teacher at Hurricane Middle School in West Virginia puts up a Christmas tree in her classroom, and decorates it with angels. Each angel represents a child in need. Early this December, her homeroom class took an angel from the tree that represented a little girl who asked […]

Advent Alphabet: Z is for Zoroastrian

Z is for Zoroastrian. Do know this word? Some scholars suggest the Magi who appear in Matthew’s Gospel as visitors to Jesus were Zoroastrian priests. The word Magi derives from an Old Persian word “magus”, an occupational title for members of the priestly caste of the Zoroastrian religion. The Zoroastrians were interested in the stars, and had […]

Advent Alphabet: Y is for Yeshua

Y is for Yeshua. Yeshua ben Joseph is the “reason for the season”! (The “ben” means “son of”) When I was growing up, I thought that his first name was Jesus, and his last name was Christ. It was actually not until I was studying the philosophy of religion in my under-grad years that I […]

Advent Alphabet: X-rated?

Xis for Xmas. As in Merry Xmas. How do you react when you see that in print? Over the years there have been emotion-laden campaigns to “do something” about the use of this abbreviation. There seems to be something about this letter that gets people x-cited. As if it is x-rated or something! I found […]