Sermons by Rev. John Tapscott (Page 5)

Sermons by Rev. John Tapscott (Page 5)

DELIVER US FROM EVIL

I read of something that happened a few years ago in Quebec. The story didn’t mention the town or city. Anyway, two brothers, Antony and Jerome, wandered off from their backyard and entered a local Toys R Us store. While amusing themselves Antony and Jerome slipped into a playhouse where they quickly fell asleep. When they woke up, the lights were out, and the store was…

MERCIFUL FATHER, MERCIFUL CHILDREN

      Today we are going to speak about this quality called mercy. In Luke 6:36 Jesus said, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” But first let’s go right back to Genesis chapter 1. God said, ‘“Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness… and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air,…

THE QUIET AND POWERFUL SPIRIT

      In my daily quiet time I have been reading through the minor prophets, and to my great benefit. Now some major prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. But the minor prophets are those short books which are tucked away at the end of the Old Testament. If you need the Bible index to find them don’t feel badly about that. Even…

DISCOVERIES ALONG THE WAY

This year we are preaching through passages from Luke’s Gospel.   Two of Jesus’ best-known parables are found only in Luke’s Gospel – the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan.  Now Luke was a fine writer, very interested in detail and accuracy. Archeological discoveries over the past century have confirmed many historical details in Luke’s writings, which…

JESUS’ REJECTION; OUR ACCEPTANCE

The Christian faith is full of paradoxes, statements which contain opposites but which are nonetheless profoundly true. For example, Christians proclaim that God’s Son is at once fully human and fully divine. Another is that Christ died so that we might have life. And that the Cross, the sign of terrible human cruelty, is the greatest sign of God’s love. Here’s a few…

WHEN SCRIPTURE IS FULFILLED

The reading from Luke 4 began with verse 14, “Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country.”    So Jesus began to teach in the synagogues of Galilee and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the…

WHEN JESUS WAS INVITED TO A WEDDING

      It is one of the best known passages in Scripture.  Three days after Jesus called some disciples to follow him, and Nathanael confessed Jesus as the Son of God, there was a wedding in Cana, not far from Nazareth. Mary, Jesus’ mother, was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. At some point in the wedding…

THE STRENGTHENING WORD

We sometimes get caught up in the question about who is greatest in any field of endeavour. “Who was the greatest Canadian?” “Who was the greatest President or Prime Minister?” “Who was the greatest hockey player or baseball player of all time?” “What was the greatest rock band?” And all this can lead to an interesting, if endless, discussion. Now there is no question…

OUR LIGHT HAS COME

      It would seem odd today if I wished you a “Merry Christmas.” We celebrated it nearly two weeks ago. But tomorrow millions of Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas. So we can wish them a Merry Christmas. And maybe it’s good that there are two different days for celebrating Christmas. That at least keeps the witness to Christ’s birth…