Feeding the Soul

Marieta Holst made the best cakes ever. At least that’s what I, as a ten-year-old, wholeheartedly believed. This great early memory of sinking my teeth into a deep, moist, vanilla sponge-type flat cake with the best vanilla or chocolate icing in the world (with those green, blue and pink icing... full post »
“So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.” Numbers 21:9 It’s fair to say that the novelty had worn off. The promise had long ago been spoken, but the horizon kept disappearing in the... full post »
‘…do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; for it is not you who speaks, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.’ Matthew 10:19-20 “How can I tell Jenny about her Dad? She’s only 6! You’ve got to talk to... full post »
“Come to me, all who are weary and carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 How often have I read this passage both for myself or for someone who... full post »
“All the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate.” Nehemiah 8.1 Where is the spot today? Where is the place where all can gather? The ritually clean and the unclean could gather before this gate. Where can the churched and the un- and under-churched come together today? I... full post »
From the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land A Christmas Message 2012 “Comfort, O Comfort my people, says your God”. (Isaiah 40: 1) As I sit down to write my Christmas message during this Advent season, there are no words that touch me more deeply than these words from Isaiah... full post »
We need Christmas. No, I’m not talking about needing the bright lights and the decorations. Sure they are nice, but we could get by without them if we had to. And, much as we enjoy giving and receiving gifts, we don’t really need them either. Most of us already have more than enough. We can... full post »
Some years ago, we bought a new washing machine. It looked easy to install, so I connected the hoses and hooked up the power cord and thought it was ready for use. My wife loaded it, and pressed the start button. The machine started fine and everything seemed all right. But then, strange sounds... full post »
It is a Sunday morning and roughly 50 people have gathered at ‘First’ in Toronto for a bilingual worship service that brings together the English and the German speaking people of this congregation. Today we will – for the first time – include a prayer for healing in the service.“We’re doing what?... full post »
“My church will be full of colour and joy and happiness and hope.”  So wrote one of our confirmands.  Another described his church as “inviting” and yet another as “made with care, compassion, kindness, love, peace, hope and faith.”  These youthful visions of the church greeted me after a long... full post »