I Don’t Understand

I Don’t Understand

I Don't Understand Mark's gospel picks up on the same themes this week as we addressed last week. Primarily this comes down to the variety of ways the disciples simply didn't understand what Jesus was trying to teach.  Scripture: Mark 9: 30-37Jesus explains something,...

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Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet? It turns out the most dreaded question that can be asked during a car trip is also one of the most inappropriate questions a Christian can ask of themselves or others. Scripture: Psalm 19 and Mark 8: 27-38 There are a few technical issues with the...

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Table Scraps

Table Scraps

Table Scraps Our passages today focus on reconciliation, the hard work of forgiveness. It might not look that way at first glance, as the passages have more finger pointing in them than words of forgiveness.  However, if you dig deeper you will find that the theme of...

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Look Within

Look Within

Look Within Today's passage finds us agreeing with the Pharisees and scribes. Not something that happens very often, but when they ask Jesus why the disciples don't wash their hands before they eat, we might find ourselves nodding our heads in agreement. Afterall, we...

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Signs

Signs

Signs Our passages today focus on reconciliation, the hard work of forgiveness. It might not look that way at first glance, as the passages have more finger pointing in them than words of forgiveness.  However, if you dig deeper you will find that the theme of...

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Being Well Fed

Being Well Fed

Being Well Fed Our passages today focus on reconciliation, the hard work of forgiveness. It might not look that way at first glance, as the passages have more finger pointing in them than words of forgiveness.  However, if you dig deeper you will find that the theme...

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Looking Deeper

Looking Deeper

Looking Deeper Looking into a mirror only takes us so far. Sometimes we have to look a little deeper, dig a little further in order to expose light to a situation. Our scripture text for today is grim. When I was recording the scripture reading, I may have grimaced...

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What is an Adequate Response to Despair?

What is an Adequate Response to Despair?

What is an Adequate Response to Despair? What should we do when nothing is going right? Not just in our own lives, but in society in general. When things don't make sense and are wildly out of control. When despair sets in all around, how should the Christian react?...

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Who is This?

Who is This?

Who is This? How do we describe God? Should we encounter God, what might we expect? In Jesus, we encounter God in human form. God is relatable, until God is not. Our two encounters of God in scripture today do not go the way anyone else involved would anticipate. Not...

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Declare God’s Love

Declare God’s Love

Declare God's Love This past week Rev. Ellis attended the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. General Assembly ran from Sunday through Wednesday evening, full days of debate and discussion about the church and its mission in the world. As a result...

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St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Cobourg is part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The congregation was established in 1833 and continues to serve the community.

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