Most weeks it is easy for me to write something in support of a Sunday theme, but this is not one of them.  I can get excited about some things, but I am not the most passionate person.  When I think about passion, I think about deep emotion, strong commitment and a long term dedication.  If I was to compare passion to an animal, it would be a dog.  Every time you walk in the door a dog greets you as if you are the most important being to walk the earth and as if you had been away for months, rather than minutes. I’mRead More →

New Power – April 28-19 When I was a kid I was on a never ending quest for more power – that is battery power.  Batteries ran everything that was important to me – transistor radios, toys and flashlights.  Back then batteries weren’t all that great.  They were made of zinc-carbon, corroded really easily and didn’t last very long.  It always seemed like the batteries were dying or dead and that their peak life was prematurely short. I was in scouting and one of the many necessities of being prepared was having a flashlight, I should say a “working” flashlight.  We would head off forRead More →

The Kingdom of God This week’s theme in our Good News Series is the “Kingdom of God.”  I confess that I find the concept of a Kingdom somewhat difficult to grasp, which is ironic considering that we live in a county ruled by a monarch.  I have a feeling that a kingdom back in the time of Christ was quite different then our kingdom under Queen Elizabeth. It gets even blurrier when you think about the fact that Jesus said that the Kingdom is both here and now and still yet to come!  Then Jesus tops it all off by saying, “But seek first theRead More →

“But he endured the suffering that should have been ours, the pain that we should have borne. All the while we thought that his suffering was punishment sent by God. But because of our sins he was wounded, beaten because of the evil we did. We are healed by the punishment he suffered,  made whole by the blows he received.” Isaiah 53: 4-5 (GNT) When I was a teenager hanging some kind of symbol around your neck was really important – peace symbols, ankhs, love beads (yes, I’m that old) and for the Jesus Freaks large wooden crosses.  I also felt the need to hangRead More →

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns! – Isaiah 72:7 One day I decided I would become a freelance photographer.  It was a pretty gutsy move considering I had no formal training and very modest equipment.  After a couple of months of almost no income I came to two decisions.  The first was to get a job and the second was to go to school.  Ryerson offered what was touted as the best photography program in the country, so I applied.  There were a lotRead More →

Next Tuesday is “Pancake Day”, otherwise officially known as Shrove Tuesday.  It is usually celebrated with a Pancake Breakfast or Dinner.  In celebration of Shrove Tuesday, we will be having a Pancake Breakfast at The Sunday Gathering this Sunday, March 3/19 at 10:30am.  And you are invited!Read More →

This week’s theme is on spiritual disciplines.  I don’t know about you, but there are some words that don’t sit well with me and discipline is certainly one of them.  So let me talk to you about motivation and let me start with a story. When I was sixteen my involvement at church had waned.  I was sure there was no God, but my friends were all at the church.  I had been away from the youth group for awhile and didn’t know what all was going on.  I went to a youth meeting at someone’s house one evening and there were two guys thereRead More →

Forgiving the Unforgivable Let me be upfront, I am not a proponent of the death penalty.  However, there have been a few times when I have seen a horrific crime in the news and considered the possibility that in this person’s case maybe an exception to my stance should apply.  Which leads to the question – what is unforgivable and how do you forgive it? I can’t speak from personal experience.  No one has hurt or offended me in a way that is remotely close to being unforgivable.  But, I know that many people in my circle of friends, family, co-workers and community members haveRead More →

Next week is Valentine’s Day, so this Sunday, at The Sunday Gathering, we are going to celebrate. I wanted to call it “Chocolate Sunday” and have all of the food based around chocolate, after all chocolate comes from the coco bean, which must be a legume, so that is healthy and the sugar comes from sugarcane, that’s a plant so it must be healthy and something like chocolate covered strawberries, must be doubly healthy! Anyway, I lost the argument, so there will be some chocolate and lot of other healthy stuff as well. So, come out on Sunday, February 10th, hear Debbie LIVE, be inspiredRead More →

As many of you know I spent 9 years in the Windsor Jail.  Just to clarify, it was usually on a Wednesday afternoon and on this side of the bars.  Anyway, each week we met with a group of inmates and talked with them about our faith and living a lifestyle that didn’t put you behind bars.  Many of the inmates were frequent offenders and would be in and out of jail on a regular basis.  Their crimes ranged from theft, to drug dealing, to assault, to murder.  There were many things that they had in common including issues with addiction and mental health.  OneRead More →