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From Death to New Life

A sermon by Pastor Michael Pahl on October 21, 2018, called “From Death to New Life.” The sermon is the sixth in a series exploring our church vision and mission statements. Here is a written excerpt: Our Scripture passages this … Continue reading

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Open to Witness

A sermon by Pastor Michael Pahl on September 30, 2018, called “Open to Witness.” The sermon is the fourth in a series exploring our church vision and mission statements. Here is a written excerpt: There’s a recurring phrase throughout these … Continue reading

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“From Sea to Sea”

A sermon by Pastor Michael Pahl on July 1, 2018—Canada Day—called “From Sea to Sea.” It is a reflection on Zechariah 9:9-12 and Psalm 72:1-8, from which Canada’s motto derives. It is a revision of a sermon Michael first preached in … Continue reading

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My Pastoral New Year’s Resolution

I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. I’ve tried them in the past, but they’ve never worked. “Resolution” can sounds so decisive, so irrevocable. So guilt-inducing. Let’s call this my pastoral New Year’s goal, then. Here’s what I’m aiming for … Continue reading

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God’s Dream for the World

“I have a dream.” The words are iconic. I’m sure most of us know the speaker, and the context. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. August 28, 1963. Ground zero of the African-American civil rights movement. … Continue reading

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(Re-)Imagining Worship

It’s interesting that the New Testament never gives a detailed description of exactly what went on when the first Jesus-followers gathered together to worship. There’s no divinely inspired “order of service.” Sure, we get some glimpses of early Christian worship here … Continue reading

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The (S)Word-Wielder

Jesus, coming as a divine warrior to slaughter God’s enemies. How do we make sense of this vision of judgment in Revelation 19? Let’s sharpen the question: How can we reconcile this Jesus with the Jesus of Revelation 5, where … Continue reading

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