the daily grind: eating

In writing this sermon I have leaned on a great article by Norman Wirzba, entitled ‘Saying Grace’.


We continue today looking at the daily grind. And doing so this morning we have to ask: what could be more basic to everyday life than eating. Most of us eat three meals a day – and when you consider all the snacking in between, we spend a lot of time eating. On top of eating itself, there’s preparation – stirring the soup; heating up leftovers in the microwave; cutting up carrots; roasting a chicken. When you add it all up, eating and preparing to eat take up a good chunk of our waking hours.

Again this morning we also come back to that vital question: What is the relationship between our faith and the everyday activities of life. In terms of our theme for this morning the question is: How does our Christian identity relate to that basic human activity of eating? What is the relationship between faith and food? Continue reading

Thanksgiving Letter

My Thanksgiving letter to the congregation of KCKF:


Happy_Thanksgiving_Bulletin_CoverIn the name of Jesus Christ, warm greetings to you, members and friends of Knox Crescent Kensington and First Presbyterian Church, as we approach the celebration of Harvest Thanksgiving. 

I confess that I have mixed emotions each year as this special holiday approaches. There are feelings of delight in the gifts of the land – in the beautiful, fresh squash and apples and potatoes and carrots that are graciously given by God and brought in by farmers and workers. There is joy in those familiar hymns that announce our Creator’s blessing:

For the fruits of all creation, thanks be to God; 

for the gifts to every nation, thanks be to God;

for the ploughing, sowing, reaping,

silent growth while we are sleeping,

future’s needs in earth’s safe-keeping, thanks be to God. 

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