Sleepers Awake!

Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:

         “Wake up, O sleeper,

         rise from the dead,

         and Christ will shine on you.”

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. (Eph 5:11–16)

You will hear, over and over again, from United Church sources that the decision to allow Gretta Vosper, an avowed atheist, to continue in ministry as an ordained United Church Minister is nothing to worry about.  They will tell you that this decision, though troubling, is an isolated incident, which does not change the United Church in any substantial way. Do not drink the Kool-Aid.

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Feeling Guilty?

 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 
The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (2 Co 5:17–21). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
 
A friend and colleague asked a question about forgiving himself. His question came at a moment when I was thinking through the same issue. Responding to him helped me to find, for him, some thoughts that I needed to hear, and perhaps you will find these thoughts helpful:

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Renewing Love

I was performing a wedding recently, and I realized that many of the guests had a second reason for being there. Of course they were there to celebrate, encourage and support the young couple in their marriage, but they were also there to be renewed in their own relationships. You could see couples holding hands and glancing at each other with that “Remember when?” look.

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Advent 2016 - The "Wise" Men made it!

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and incense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. (Mt2:11012)

The Wise Men – Everything they did finding Jesus was the wrong thing. They consulted the stars to foresee the future, which, if they knew the Hebrew Law, God had forbidden.

They went to King Herod,

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