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September 17 - Doing a Bad Thing For a Good Reason

Podcast-September 17

The story of "The Binding of Isaac" (Genesis 22:1-14) is an important part of Jewish tradition and worship. Muslims tell a similar story about Abraham and Ishmael. The strange tale is in the Christian canon of scripture. What are we to make of it today? Laurence reflects on the story with the help of some Jewish commentators and one Danish philosopher. He also refers to a Presbyterian outreach mission in Toronto, ARISE Ministry

 

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September 10 - Creator Creates Creation

Podcast-September 10

Laurence suggests a way of reading the creation stories in Genesis that looks beyond concerns about science and history that often keep us from reading them. One thing they tell us is that God has endowed us with creativity and freedom, and invites us to share in God's ongoing creativity. Text is the first creation story, Genesis 1:1 - 2:4.

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August 13 - Imagine That!

Glenview Podcast - July 30

Sermon preached by our Senior Minister, Laurence DeWolfe, reflecting on The Book of Revelation, chapter 4. Laurence refers to the annual Outreach Barbecue, which was held on August 13. Guests from Portland Place, Evangel Hall Mission, and Glenview's Out of the Cold Dinners came for food, fellowship, and worship. (He apologizes for getting the timing of the Solar Eclipse wrong. He consulted a NASA site that employed Greenwich Mean Time! He also visited Rouen Cathedral, not Rheims on his trip to France in July. Was his mind still on vacation?)

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July 9 - The Glory of God and A Big Yellow Duck (Psalm 150)

Glenview Podcast - July 9

This sermon, reflecting on Psalm 150, ends the first Summer Sermon Series. Psalm 150 also concludes the Book of Psalms. It calls us, and "everything that breathes" to praise the Lord in 13 different ways that all add up to a spectacle of sound, sight, and sensation that serves no earthly purpose. Laurence begins the sermon talking about the giant yellow duckie that visited Toronto over the Canada Day weekend.

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July 2 - Psalm 30: When Life Turns Around

Glenview Podcast - July 2

Laurence begins his reflection by comparing Psalm 30, and other psalms like it, to the familiar hymn "Amazing Grace". The story behind Psalm 30 is probably quite similar to John Newton's story, and the experience that led him to write "Amazing Grace".

The Prayers of the People for July 2 are included below.

 

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June 25 - Stop and Look Behind You

Glenview Podcast - June 25

In a sermon on Psalm 23 Laurence reflects on the beautiful imagery in this much-loved poem. Israel's God is shepherd-Lord for the individual and the nation. The Lord is a constant, guiding presence and a gracious host. The psalmist discovers that God's goodness and mercy are always on his tail, even and especially when he forgets to look for them.

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June 11 - Psalms and Penicillin

Glenview Podcast - June 11

Laurence begins a series of sermons reflecting on Psalms. He talks about the way Psalms work, in our worship and in our imaginations. The first Psalm is Psalm 100. His opening story is about Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin.

 

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June 4 - Pentecost and the Zombie Apocalypse

Glenview Podcast-June 4

In a sermon for the Day of Pentecost Laurence reflects on the meaning of Pentecost for the individual believer today. Text is Galatians 5:16-26. Laurence begins by comparing the Apostle Paul's image of Flesh versus Spirit to the interest in zombies and speculation about a zombie apocalypse that has given rise to many zombie-themes movies and TV shows.

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May 28 - Clothed in Christ

Podcast-May 28

In a sermon reflecting on Galatians 3:6-9, 23-29 Laurence takes the distinctions Paul mentions in 3:28 (Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female) as examples of "assigned identities". Paul doesn't mean that the water of baptism washes away what it means to be Jewish or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. But the identities that others assign to each of those distinctions don't disqualify anyone from following Jesus and sharing life in the church. Laurence begins the sermon with the story of Trevor Noah and refers to Noah's book, Born a Crime.

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May 21 - What does a Christian look like?

Podcast-May21

In a sermon reflecting on Paul's Letter to the Galatians 1:13-17; 2:11-21 Laurence asks "What does a Christian look like?" Surrounded by people who wear outward signs of their religion and way of life, how do Christians stand out? As Paul argues so forcefully, outward observance of rule and ritual doesn't guarantee our salvation. But what we do, how we demonstrate our faith is still important. He begins by talking about the Maritime Bhangra Group, Sikh men from Halifax who perform for charity. He also mentions CBC journalist Brian Stewart.

 

The Maritime Bhangra Group on the Halifax Waterfront

The Maritime Bhangra Group on the Halifax Waterfront

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May 14 - The Church Decides - Reaction or Response?

Podcast-May 14

In a sermon based on the story of the first big decision made by the First Church of Jerusalem, Laurence draws our attention to the deeply-held beliefs we all have, and how they can direct our actions in ways we may not recognize. He identifies the difference between reaction and response. The text is Acts 15:1-18. Laurence also quotes from this article by psychologist Matt James.

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