Emmaus at Willowdale Connection

During Lent, we think a lot about death—our own and Jesus’

March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, During Lent, we think a lot about death—our own and Jesus’. Thank God, Jesus’ death makes all the difference. Jesus’ death leads to forgiveness and resurrection; therefore, we grieve but not “as others

Right now, Jesus’ face is “like the sun shining in full strength.”

March 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Right now, Jesus’ face is “like the sun shining in full strength.” (Revelation 1:16) Someday, Jesus says, you too “will shine like the sun.” (Matthew 13:43). And that’s why I send this message.

In a Bible study yesterday…

March 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, In a Bible study yesterday we pondered a question Paul asked when making his defense before religious and political leaders. The Apostle asked, “Why is it thought incredible by any of you that

Have you had a covenantal conversation with God lately?

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Have you had a covenantal conversation with God lately? Your neighbour may need that from you. A few years ago, someone loaned me a book called Fierce Conversations. From what I recall, the

Today the Gospel points me to Jesus as greater than David (Mark 12:37)

February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Today the Gospel points me to Jesus as greater than David (Mark 12:37), to Christians as more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), and to Thomas Merton at the corner of Fourth and Walnut in

At the beginning of the book of Job, Job has three daughters

February 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, At the beginning of the book of Job, Job has three daughters. We do not know their names, and they dine at the invitation of their brothers. (Job 1:2-4) At the end of

The book of Job has fascinated me every since I heard my father preach from it more than forty years ago

February 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, The book of Job has fascinated me every since I heard my father preach from it more than forty years ago. And last night, it filled me with joy as I read some

The most strengthening testimonies to God come from those who have passed through the crucible of anguish

January 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, For me, the most strengthening testimonies to God come from those who have passed through the crucible of anguish. And I believe the narrator of Job gives us such a testimony in Job

As you face your trials today, Jesus comes alongside you with weeping and wild hope.

January 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, As you face your trials today, Jesus comes alongside you with weeping and wild hope. My Gospel reading for this morning portrays Jesus weeping over Jerusalem. Jesus knows that within a generation of

This morning, one brief sentence from the Gospel doubled my enjoyment of God

January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, This morning, one brief sentence from the Gospel doubled my enjoyment of God. The sentence goes: “Martha served.” (John 12:2) When we think of Martha, many of us think of Martha complaining in