All posts by Gary Simpson

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Blessed are the Excommunicated

With them he came down the hill and stood on a level spot. There was a great company of his disciples with him, and a large multitude of people from all Judaea, from Jerusalem, and from the cost of Tyre and Sidon, who had come

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The Passion of April Fools

There are two tendencies that do not seem balanced to me. Some spiritual leaders have focused strongly on the torturous nature of Christ’s death at Calvary. Listening to their sermons is about as graphic as watching some crime scene investigation movie. The focus on the

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Shaking the Dust Off For God

1 And he went out from thence, and came into his own country; and his disciples follow him. 2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man

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Seen, Heard and Have Come

We worship a God who is characterized by the cross — the ultimate sign of love known to humanity, not an angry storm god who needs to be appeased. I find it troubling when people of God do not appear to see God’s love and

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Prophet Versus Grace

Our reading comes from the one of my favorite versions of the Bible – the Black Bible Chronicles. The Black Bible Chronicles takes the stories of the Mosaic books and makes them very now and very relevant. Many people who have read from this particular

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Queer Eye for the Straight World

Preached at Lambda Christian Community Church in Edmonton Your employer asks you to run over Staples and purchase a box of paper clips. You do things right, so you order one of everything Staples sells to be delivered to your office. What would your employer

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Doers of the Word

This is second of a series of sermons on the book of James. You may recall the book of James was written to the Jewish Believers living outside of Israel. Many of the Jewish Believers were the descendants of slaves or freed slaves. Judaism and

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Scattered Peace!

Rabbi Harold Kushner says the words of religion are words of encouragement, not words of condemnation [1]. Through James, the Lord is encouraging us to live in such a way that our faith in Jesus is a positive force in the world. James is not

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Craving Heavenly Wine

Ancient Jewish weddings were different than modern weddings. People did not fly to Hawaii for a honeymoon. For about a week, the couple had an “open house.” [1] During the week, the couple was treated as royalty. Wearing crowns and fancy clothes, they were addressed

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Serving From a Prison Cell

We arrived in Rome, and Paul was allowed to live in a house by himself with a soldier to guard him. 17 Three days after we got there, Paul called together some of the Jewish leaders and said: My friends, I have never done anything