April 28, 2024 Editor

God: Then & Now; Always & Eternal: The God Who May Be

Langley Mennonite Fellowship (our home Church) began a series called, God: Then & Now; Always & Eternal. The classic image used is Trinity (Троицa, romanizedTroitsa)  by 15th-century Russian iconographer, Andrei Rublev. The series of six sermons is using for lift-off the “After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion” interviews conducted by CBC Ideas broadcaster, David Cayley, that first aired in 2012.

Today, April 28, 2024, was our fourth go, titled “The God Who May Be”. Our pastor Ian Funk’s arrangement is (this time around) to have a story told about God (by Dr. Alex Bartel), then a sermon preached (by me).

The song sung is from Voices Together, # 440.

Here is the composer, David Bjorlin, singing the song, with the words below the video:

1. Ask the complicated questions,

do not fear to be found out;

for our God makes strong our weakness,

forging faith in fires of doubt.

2. Seek the disconcerting answers,

follow where the Spirit blows;

test competing truths for wisdom,

for in tension new life grows.

3. Knock on doors of new ideas,

test assumptions long grown stale;

for Christ calls from shores of wonder,

daring us to try and fail.

4. For in struggle we discover

truth both simple and profound;

in the knocking, asking, seeking,

we are opened, answered, found.

© 2017 GIA Publications, Inc.

An outline of the Current Worship Series is clickable.

Here is the story, song and sermon–The God Who May Be:

David Cayley has this to say about today’s subject:

Philosopher Richard Kearney, who leads off this series, had then just published a book called Anatheism: Returning to God after God. His new word, anatheism, gave a name to the condition I was interested in exploring — one that was neither theistic nor atheistic in the older sense of these terms. (The God Who May Be, an earlier series in which I first introduced Kearney on Ideas is also available on this site.)

The entire service, including Scripture readings from Exodus 3:1 – 14 (in the form of the children’s story) and Matthew 17:1 – 9, came together well. It is clickable below.

If you wish to know more about my novel mentioned in the sermon, including reading a PDF version, or listening to a recording, please click here: Chrysalis Crucible.

Finally, you may click on the manuscript, to which I stuck closely, given time constraints: LMF, Sunday, April 28, 2024: The God Who May Be

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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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