Sermons

  • Sunday, March 6, 2016:
    When Fairness and Compassion Collide
    Would you agree with me that two important Canadian values are fairness and compassion? We Canadians want a fair, just society of rights and responsibilities where people are treated equally under the law regardless of their wealth or status. We don’t want the law to treat some people better than others, to give preference to ...
  • Sunday, February 28, 2016:
    Rising Above Our Pain
    When I was studying preaching in divinity school, I found that one of the difficulties in writing a sermon was that there was no congregation. The sermon was more an academic exercise than a pastoral response to the real needs of people. I was writing the sermon for my professor and preaching it to classmates, ...
  • Sunday, February 21, 2016:
    Walking the Way of Jesus
    After our daughter Allison was born with Down’s syndrome, Heather and I struggled for several months trying to make sense of what had happened and how we were going to cope with our newborn child. A neighboring pastor, a Presbyterian minister, took me out for lunch one day and shared an experience that he had ...
  • Sunday, February 14, 2016:
    Wilderness Faith
    When I lived in San Diego, I would occasionally go hiking in the desert with a parishioner who happened to be a geologist. We would hike through some of the most unusual rock formations I have ever seen. Some of the landscapes were like Mars or the moon: rugged, difficult to walk, filled with deep ...
  • Sunday, February 10, 2016:
    The Human Paradox
    If you saw the New Hampshire Town Hall Meeting last week in which Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders answered questions from people in the audience, you might have noticed that one question was from Rabbi Jonathan Spira-Savett. In my judgment, he asked the best question ever asked a candidate running for political office. The question ...