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“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 This verse is a favourite for many. It reads well, it sounds great, and it has deep truth in it. However I feel like one of the three doesn’t belong. I’ve heard many sermons on faith, and of course since God IS love we talk about that, especially since love is the greatest. Yet hope feels like the odd one out. Not something we talk about as much anymore. Sure…

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In the movie “Hook ” Peter Pan is all grown up and doesn’t remember what life was like when he was younger. He can no longer fly or fight or even play games as he once did. Peter Pan had become *gasp* a lawyer! Why did this happen? How could he forget… I think the best explanation is that Peter Pan had lost his imagination. In the movie its Tootles who loses his marbles – but the biggest loss isn’t the marbles – the biggest loss is Peter’s lack of…

Culture Faith

One of the things that has been apparent to me is how our culture has shunned faith. Faith, once a trait of those strong in character is now seen by many as a weakness.  The concept of believing in something or someone we cannot fully know is foolish to many especially in a culture where we believe we have certain knowledge about so much else.  This issue isn’t just in the culture, but I believe exists in the church as well. The church often desires knowledge of things, and seeks…

Culture Faith

There’s a certain grace in new beginnings. I think sometimes we forget that is in fact what grace is for.   Grace is an opportunity to move on from the past and to make new choices, new decisions, and set life in a new direction.  The church spends much time speaking of grace, but I think we sometimes forget to discuss that grace is a participatory action.  A new beginning does not just happen, it in fact only happens if the person receiving grace chooses to act on it.    So I…

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