June 26, 2022

The Trinity is Near You (Trinity Sunday)


 (Guest post from Rev. Tom Hubschmidt, at Holy Cross Anglican Church in Calgary)

In case you don’t know me, I’m Tom. I’m the intern (at Holy Cross Anglican Church, Calgary)  There’s this running joke across the Anglican Church—I’ve heard it here, I’ve heard it in Toronto, heard it in Hamilton—that when Trinity Sunday comes around, the Rector will always get the student minister to preach! I’ve been assured though. By three different Rectors. That they would never intentionally offload heavy task of the Trinity unto their minion! But I also must say, that for the past two Trinity Sundays, I have been a pastoral intern, and for the past two Trinity Sundays, I have preached! Nah, obviously Rev. Dr. Kyle Norman is more than up to the task. 

But there’s a reason the joke is made. Our belief in the Trinity can seem like an odd one. Certain sages or philosophers or scientists all over the globe see the doctrine of the Trinity as the Church’s self-destruct button. Depending on if you’re talking to, belief in the Trinity makes us either irrational or irreligious. I love it. The theologians I study all think the Trinity is the crowning glory of Christian belief, the most joyful of topics, and the closest, most intimate, precious experience of God. And I am so with them.

June 18, 2022

Children of God Are Victors Not Victims (Proper c-12)

  Like Elijah, many people in our feel discouraged, depressed and like victims under attack. They have an identity problem. The Good news of today’s Readings is that we are adopted children of God by faith. We are protected and have put on the authority of Jesus Christ to do God’s work in the world.

 

1.    Many People Like Elijah Have an Identity Crisis

Elijah believed he was a victim - the lie that all the prophets in Israel were being killed. He ran away. But you can’t run away from God. God is not angry. Like a loving father God gently asks him what he is doing. God corrects him and gives him a powerful, nation changing mission. God is still with him and has preserved a remnant of 7,000 faithful believers in Israel.

May 14, 2022

Church Is A Holy Spirit Led Community Of Love (Easter 5)

  

Jesus is teaching the disciples how to build a Holy Spirit Led Community of Love. It is the beginning of the Christian Church. The Gospel readings teach us that it’s defining characteristic is to be the love relationship within the community. Psalm 148 reminds us its main work is to give God glory and praise. The Acts reading reminds us it is to be Holy Spirit-Led community of Holy Spirit-baptised people. The Revelation Reading chosen sadly omits verses 7 and 8 which tell us who is excluded from the Community.

 

1.    A Community of Love

April 16, 2022

Resurrection Validates the New Covenant of Jesus

 Easter is a celebration of Jesus courage and love in overcoming the power of sin and death. It is God’s divine yes to the New Covenant of Jesus, that created a new way for us to be forgiven and made holy so we could be in the presence of God in heaven:

·      Challenges us to have the courage and love to experience and share that grace like Paul

 

 

1.   God Made a New Covenant of Grace

April 12, 2022

Palm Sunday is A Celebration of Courage

(Fr. John – 30th. Anniversary of Ordination)

 




I chose to be ordained a priest on Palm Sunday because it is a joyful celebration of Jesus courage in ministry. It was probably the happiest time in His ministry as He was claiming His authority as Messiah at the gates of Jerusalem. The people who were there because they recognised His teaching and miracles as evidence of His authenticity. It was courageous because challenging the authority and teaching of the religious establishment would lead to the most horrible and painful death possible. Jesus trusted that His Father would honour the New Covenant in His blood and raise Him and those who believed in Him from death.

 

1.  Jesus Proclaimed the Truth with Courage & Love

March 25, 2022

Climate Emergency as False Science

( John is working on a manuscript tentatively titled "7 Great Deceptions: Recovering Truth, Freedom & Democracy". It is a continuation of Francis Schaefer's "How Shall We Then Live" that traced the decline of the Judeo-Christian foundation of truth on which modern democracy, social and economic progress is based and warned this leads to social chaos and the rise of dictators like Hitler, Trump etc. This draft of Chapter 2 exposes the fraudulent manipulation of climate data that was used by a coalition of the the New Left  and wind and solar industries to gain political power and enormous profits while doing nothing to slow global warming:)

       Climate Emergency as False Science is the second great deception that is driving our post-truth culture into social and economic chaos. Like all the deceptions of our post-truth time it flows directly from the flaws of self-deception, politicization and spiritual deception explained above in "Human Reason as False Truth". Climate Emergency is the best example of truth, real scientific truth, being manipulated, exaggerated, politicized and weaponized for personal, political and corporate gain. When politicians say ‘the science is settled’ they are lying. Like all politicians they know that if a lie is repeated often enough, people will believe it. Not only is the science not settled. The real existential danger of our time is the ineffective, anti-democratic and anti-capitalist policies that are currently being justified by this false science. 

     To be very clear global warming is a really happening and is going to require serious and very expensive economic and social changes on a global scale. But the good news is that it is not an emergency. The science, which we will review in detail, says we have until the end of this Century (not the middle) to develop, get international agreement on, and implement a comprehensive plan to slow and limit warming and prepare local mitigation measures. The title and sub-title of Bjorn Lombard’s book False Alarm: How climate change panic costs us trillions, hurts the poor, and fails to fix the planet[1]” says it all. This is a respected Swedish climate scientist who has served on international panels and seen first-hand the complexities of measuring global warming and the manipulation of raw data to create false political panic to implement ineffective and economically and politically destructive solutions.

We will begin our study of this deception with a serious, in-depth look at the key numbers to learn how global warming is measured, what causes global warming and the false science of melting glaciers, rising oceans, flooding, extreme weather and forest fires.

March 21, 2022

Our Strength is In Our Weakness (Lent 3c)

 The Readings (Isaiah 55.1-9; 1 Cor. 10.1-13; Luke 13.1-9) remind us that our strength is in our weakness. On our own we can do nothing to help ourselves. We may become discouraged, prideful, get distracted, rebel against Father God and lose our Baptismal Covenant promise of eternal spiritual life. Lent is a time to dig around and loosen our roots, repent our sins, “Come to Jesus” for forgiveness and go deeper in our spiritual life.

 

1.   Jesus Begins His Teaching with the Problem of Evil

When bad things happen to people, we might wonder if God is punishing them. Jesus uses the examples of persecution, a wall falling and a tower collapsing and killing people. He asks were they more guilty than others?