Pastor Kerry (Page 3)

Pastor Kerry (Page 3)

All posts written by our previous pastor, Kerry McIntyre.

Dying to Live

“And I believe in Jesus Christ, who was… crucified, dead and buried. He descended into hell. The third day, he rose again from the dead!” Those ancient words of the Apostle’s Creed speak of two central convictions of faith for the church. They also raise one poser of a challenge. The first conviction is the absolute uniqueness and centrality of Jesus as the Son of God who…

God Showed Up

The statistics tell a story all by themselves. During the ten days of Proclamation, over 400 people joined together to read the whole of the Bible aloud, from the book of Genesis through to the end of the Book of Revelation. Countless more came simply to listen to the richness and beauty of God’s Word, read from almost twenty different English translations, as well as in…

Please Sir, I Want Some More

The little orphan boy, in Charles Dicken’s classic, Oliver Twist, dared to pose the outrageous request for a second helping before the orphanage manager, Mr. Bumble: “Please sir, I want some more.” I couldn’t help but remember that line as over these past several days I have had the pleasure of simply sitting and listening to hour after hour of readings from the…

Manna

One of the great moments in the story of the exodus of God’s people has to be the provision of manna from heaven. In that epic narrative of how God delivered Israel from their years of slavery in Egypt, I love the description (Exodus 16) of how the Lord fed his hungry people in the wilderness with the gift of manna each morning. The Hebrew word, manna, literally means…

Sufficient

I am excited. Tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at 7 am, we begin reading the Bible out loud, and will continue to do so for fourteen hours a day over a ten day period. Our congregation is co-hosting along with two other churches in the Valley, while many congregations and Christian groups are participating in the readings from the Word. With the Proclamation event culminating…

A Pound of Flesh

“It’s not that I can’t forgive,” he said to me. “It’s that I don’t want to forgive. That blinkety-blank so-and-so (actually, the phrasing was both more crude and more angry) doesn’t deserve my forgiveness. At least, not until I get my pound of flesh.” The term, “pound of flesh” derives from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, 1596. The insistence by Shylock of the payment…

The Tapestry

Tapestries, I’ve been thinking, can point us to some significant aspects about setting vision for a church. Perhaps we need to ensure that in every visioning process within a congregation, we have a weaver working alongside us creating a tapestry on a loom as we try to articulate a vision on paper. First, a tapestry is made up of hundreds and sometimes thousands of…

The Wagon Train

When I was growing up, one of my favourite “westerns” on television was the show Wagon Train. Perhaps part of the allure was the fact that the old wagon master was played by actor John McIntyre!  How could a show with a McIntyre in it not be great? It was a typical western of the 1960s, filled with stereotypes and predictable scripts. The good guys wore white hats and the…

Oh, Take a Pill!

It is a common expression, usually uttered with more than a little exasperation. Someone has been an irritant in our lives with what we deem ongoing and unreasonable demands, and we wish they would just take a pill. Somebody is fretting and fussing over things they cannot change or wishing people around them would change according to their demands and we sigh and suggest…

Do No Harm

Though it is often associated as being part of the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians, the origin of the phrase, “First, do no harm,” is somewhat uncertain. It’s like the famous phrase, “Play it again, Sam,” which is assumed to be a quotation from the great movie Casablanca or the equally repeated phrase, “Beam me up, Scottie,” from Star Trek. In fact neither of those…

You Can’t

“How do I deal with this sin in my life?” he asked. The young man truly was broken. The weight of shame that haunted him because of his actions had truly broken his heart. He was dejected, humiliated, and more than self-despairing. He wanted change but had no idea how to master his difficulty, and was in fact, just beginning to come to grips with the truth that his…

Why Truth Is Not Enough

I was reading a review of a new book with the intriguing title Beauty will save the world. The author, Brian Zahnd, makes the suggestion that in discussions about Christian faith and practice, too much attention has been given to the question, “Is it true?” but not sufficient focus has been given to the question, “Is it beautiful?” Zahnd suggests that ancient Greek…

Because I Said So!

When my children were quite small and prone to demanding rationale for my decisions to such weighty matters as why they could not take candy as their school lunch, or why the dog could not sleep underneath the covers with them or why they must get up for church, I often replied that I had three answers for them: 1) Because! 2) Just Because! and 3) Because I said so. They…

Round Tables

I’m busy making a round table prototype. I call it a prototype, because it is a round wooden top that will sit on top of a square card table. It is, in effect , a sort of add-on that makes a square into a circle. It’s not that the square card tables are not themselves quite functional. It is simply that they are also limiting. Basically four people can sit comfortably at…

After Valentine’s

We used to play a game with our children in which we would start with the palms of our hands together. We’d begin by asking, “Do you know how much I love you?” Spreading our hands just slightly, we’d say: “I love you this much.” Then we’d expand the distance a bit more and say, “Actually, I love you this much.” We would continue to increase the distance, each time…

You Aren’t Listening to Me!

The husband was more than angry. A tell-tale vein on his forehead was visibly throbbing with frustration. “You weren’t listening to me,” he blustered towards his wife. “I just told you of my needs, and how dare you say No to my requests. Why won’t you listen to me?” The exchange was difficult on a number of levels. It is always sad to observe a couple struggling in their…

I’m Glad Some Justice Exists

I was reading an article in the most recent Maclean’s magazine in which writer Michael Friscolanti details the Shafia honour killing trial that has just concluded in Kingston, Ontario. I was heartened by the author’s assertion that the justice system had been scrupulous in its effort to assure fairness towards the accused in what I suspect most Canadians would adjudge to…

Dreams Anyone?

Whichever English version you might consult, the translation of Joel 2:28 is essentially the same. When God pours out his Spirit on his people, the gift is to everyone. Young and old, sons and daughters—there is no difference. All receive an empowering from the Lord as part of God’s great redemptive grace, and the purpose is for seeing the future God intends for his…

Trespassers Will Be Baptized….

Sometimes in trying to send one message, we inadvertently convey another and different message, often one which we really did not intend. The church billboard read: “Church Parking Only! Trespassers will be baptized.” The sentiment was meant to spark a chuckle as well as get the message across to those who might otherwise have been tempted to park their car on the church…

If I Feel Bad Enough about My Sins…

It’s been said that one of the reasons Christianity seems so impossible a faith to embrace is that grace simply confounds us. That is, the stumbling block for so many is not the wild assertion that God came to earth in the flesh and blood humanity of Jesus of Nazareth. Nor is the major stumbling block the declaration that that same human being, Jesus, found little welcome…

Why Is Forgiveness So Hard?

Jesus told his disciples that they ought to love their enemies, do good to those who hated them, bless those who cursed them and pray for those who mistreated them (Luke 6:27–28). St. Paul echoed that command in his admonition to the church in Rome to bless those who persecuted them; bless and do not curse (Romans 12:14). While I know those words to be wise, true and…