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Best Rev. Stephen Silverthorne podcasts we could find (updated November 2019)
Best Rev. Stephen Silverthorne podcasts we could find
Updated November 2019
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We're a Christian church located in the suburbs of Ottawa, where it can be hard to feel connected to God, to each other, and to the places we live and work in. These sermons tell the story of how Jesus helps us live out our faith in this disconnected environment: setting down roots in the community, growing in character and moral honesty, and learning to love one another in deep, lasting ways. Have a listen and learn how to set down roots in your own life.
 
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Saints are an important part of Christian life and practice, but controversies about them can keep us from appreciating this importance. They present us with a picture of what life fully lived for God looks like. They are ones who lived out Jesus' words in the beatitudes and in his command to love enemies. They were able to do so because they k ...…
 
We all prefer to hear what we want to hear. Fewer people still strive to hear what they need to hear, even if it's not what they want. In this sermon, Fr. Stephen speaks about the importance of providing avenues for hearing what God wants to say, even if it isn't what you wanted. Being challenged in godliness is what makes us grow more Christli ...…
 
Discipline can be an ugly word to some people, because it makes us think of high-pressure situations and the prospect of an ugly failure. Yet, the bible often calls on Christians to exercise discipline in pursuit of the gospel. How can disciplines be good news full of grace, when they are so demanding? Today, Josh reflects on St. Paul's imagery ...…
 
We usually think of faith as an active, personal commitment to Christ. This is true, but it's only part of what faith is. Faith is also a treasure we inherit, so that future generations can be blessed. This sermon on 2 Timothy challenges us to see faith not only as a personal benefit to us, but also the way God gathers a community of people ove ...…
 
Angels, demons and the supernatural are often the subject of mockery in western civilization today. Often, even Christians feel embarrassed when these topics come up in the bible or in sermons. Yet, they come up very often. Not just in bible, but in the belief systems of many cultures today. This sermon challenges us to acknowledge that there m ...…
 
Jesus tells us to love, but how do you love someone who breaks your heart? How do you love someone who continually frustrates you? Today's sermon tackles how to love people and institutions which disappoint and hurt us. Using insights from the prophet Jeremiah, Fr. Stephen reassures us that disappointment and sorrow are normal parts of human li ...…
 
The Bible is full of challenging passages, but the Old Testament prophets seem the most difficult. They often talk of destruction, disaster and judgment. We tend not to like hearing these themes. So what value do we find in the prophets' harsh words, and what good things does it tell us about God? This sermon addresses why harsh words are impor ...…
 
Judgment is one of the least popular themes in the bible, but it comes up a lot. How do we respond to passages about judgment and why is it important to listen to them? In this sermon, Fr. Stephen looks at an important passage from Jeremiah which helps us understand the purposes of God's judgment on Israel, the church and us. Scripture passage: ...…
 
We all grumble sometimes. Yet, how often do we remember the blessings we receive? Today's sermon addresses the challenge of gratitude during teams of disappointment and struggle. We can go through times where gratitude is hard to feel, but trusting in God will bring us to a place where we can feel it once again. Scripture Reference: Jeremiah 2: ...…
 
Modern people have more labour-saving devices than we know what to do with. We have more leisure time than almost anyone in history. Yet, we always seem busy and over-worked. How can people with so much free time feel so burdened? This sermon helps address the problem of over-work by reflecting on the gift of Sabbath. Jesus reveals to us that w ...…
 
Money has an important part in our lives. It's a great tool to help us achieve our goals. Yet, it has a nasty tendency to tell us that it is itself the goal we should work for. In today's sermon, Fr. Stephen reflects on Jesus' challenge about money and material things. Jesus doesn't tell everybody to go without work and savings. But he does tel ...…
 
For many Christians, prayer is one of the hardest parts of faith. Yet, Jesus repeatedly tells us how important it is. How do we keep up a good prayer life, when it presents obstacles? In this sermon, Fr. Stephen reflects on what attitudes can make our prayer more meaningful and effective, as well as some practical tips on how to pray. Scripture ...…
 
We live in a distracted age. There is always something more to do. For many of us, life can seem like an endless set of tasks. Sometimes, we get disappointed with Jesus because we don't think he's giving us enough help in getting the tasks done. Yet, the bible makes it clear that this isn't what Jesus came to do. Jesus invites us to follow his ...…
 
We are all scared of evangelism. Few people seem to enjoy sharing their faith, even though Jesus tells us it's a priority for his disciples to do so. So how can we overcome our fear? What does it look like to share our faith? How can we avoid the cliches and manipulation that the word sometimes brings with it? In this sermon, Fr. Stephen shares ...…
 
We all long for vengeance sometimes. The desire to crush our enemies, and make them suffer for what they have done for us, is hard to overcome. Here, Jesus' disciples indulge in this desire to crush their enemies, but Jesus shows them a better way. The fire of the Holy Spirit comes to transform our enemies, not to crush them. This sermon encour ...…
 
Pentecost is one of the most important festivals in the church year. Yet, the meaning of this important festival is sometimes lost on us. In this sermon, Fr. Stephen shows how Pentecost reveals that God's promises are trustworthy even when their fulfillment takes longer than we hope. It also shows us that God empowers us to do tasks we couldn't ...…
 
Ascension is a principal feast in the Anglican Church, celebrating Jesus' ascension into heaven. However, this can seem like an odd thing to celebrate. Why be happy at Jesus' absence? This sermon explores why Jesus' ascension is important, even if it causes real challenges for us. Scripture reference: Acts 1:1-11; Luke 24:44-53 Preached by Rev. ...…
 
Pictures of heaven can sometimes seem boring and cliche. Yet, we get many pictures in the Bible, especially in the Book of Revelation. So why are they important, and how do they speak to us today? In this sermon, Fr. Stephen addresses the picture of the New Jerusalem which appears in the last chapters of Revelation. This picture of a perfect ci ...…
 
Sometimes, it can be hard to care much about the world we live in. Disasters, wars, crime, and environmental degradation can make us feel like giving up and simply living for ourselves. Yet, God loves this world and calls us to love it too. So how can we love it without being discouraged by its problems? This sermon argues that the world is des ...…
 
Belief comes difficult to most of us, at least some of the time. Yet, Jesus often seems to demand we follow him out of our comfort zones even in the midst of our doubts. How do we follow, even when we doubt? In this sermon, Fr. Stephen suggests that we grow out of our doubts only when we lean in and follow. It's through following through on wha ...…
 
Churches can have a reputation for judgy behaviour. Folks with a past, folks who don't have it all together, and folks who have doubts can sometimes feel like church isn't for them. Yet, the gospel passage for today tells us this isn't the case at all. In fact, Jesus welcomes those who have messed up in big ways. He isn't surprised by our weakn ...…
 
The phrase "Doubting Thomas" now part of the English language, as way of describing a person who is unable to believe the truth. Yet, the bible doesn't present the original Thomas in so negative a way. Instead, it invites us to identify with him because he resembles our situation in life. Like him, we find it hard to believe because we haven't ...…
 
Easter celebrates a great miracle, where God raises Jesus from the dead. However, we don't celebrate this just as a chance to look back at a great event. We celebrate the fact that in his death and resurrection Jesus enjoyed a victory over death which brings hope for us when facing our own death. Scripture reference: John 20:1-18 Preached on Ea ...…
 
The resurrection of Jesus is a world-changing event, but it can be hard sometimes to know why it should matter to us. This sermon argues that the resurrection is only understood rightly when we see it as part of God's ongoing mission of rescue from oppression. It's a mission which continues today and inspires us to faithful service in that same ...…
 
Palm Sunday is the commemoration of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, surrounded by shouts of joy from the people. They believed he was their long-awaited Messiah and King, who would usher in a new kingdom of freedom. Yet, they didn't realize that this kingdom is not of this world. Within days, the crowds turned against him to demand he be crucified ...…
 
Faith is less understood today than it was in past generations. Today, many people are convinced that faith is a waste of time. Yet, this isn't a new situation. In today's sermon, we learn that sometimes the people in Jesus' day were just as critical. Mary shows special devotion to Jesus, but is criticized for it too. The story helps us underst ...…
 
Some stories in the bible are so well known, they have a tendency to lose their power from over-hearing. The story of the prodigal son is one of those stories. Yet, when we read it with fresh eyes we start to see why it has become so popular. It is a story of profound challenge and profound hope. In this sermon, Fr. Stephen explores why the sto ...…
 
Superheroes are now a staple of movie entertainment, and continue to be popular because they take action to overcome injustice. We forget sometimes that God empowers us to be heroes as well, through honestly facing up to where we have become comfortable with injustice. How do we grow out of condemning others, and instead start asking where we n ...…
 
Nobody likes judgment, yet there are many parts of the Bible which talk about it. In this week's Gospel, Jesus talks about a judgment on Jerusalem and its temple. What benefit do we get from hearing these difficult words? How can we find words of judgment to be good news? This sermon explores what Jesus meant to his original audience, but also ...…
 
Most people who were raised in an Anglican, Lutheran or Catholic tradition know a bit about the season of Lent. It's a time for self-reflection, repentance and self-denial. The reasons for repentance and reflection may seem obvious to us, because everyone could stand to improve some things in their lives. But why self-denial? This sermon examin ...…
 
Probably all of us have had what we would call Mountaintop Experiences in our lives. Yet, these experiences don't always mean much to us in the long run. This sermon was delivered on a church festival called the Transfiguration. It highlights a great mountaintop experience of for Jesus' disciples. On the top of a mountain, they see Jesus unveil ...…
 
Loving some people is easy. Others, not so much. That fact is what makes today's Gospel passage so difficult. Jesus tells his disciples to love their enemies, bless those who curse them, and even turn the other cheek when someone slaps them. How can we do this? And doesn't this way of life just turn us into doormats, vulnerable to being abused? ...…
 
Some passages in the bible are just strange. They don't tell us what we expect to hear. In today's sermon, Fr. Stephen tackles a part of the Gospel called the beatitudes. They tell us that wealth, food, happiness and reputation can sometimes be bad things. Poverty, hunger, sorrow and insult can be good. These things don't naturally make sense t ...…
 
Summary Everyday life often seems to carry a shadow with it. The news brings sorrow, and we get frustrated by the daily setbacks, challenges and fears which life brings. This sermon challenges us to see the light of Christ in our regular life, finding Jesus' comfort, help and love in unexpected places. Scripture Reference: Luke 2:22-40 Preached ...…
 
Faith can be difficult at the best of times, but can be especially tough when we feel God is leading us to do something we don't want to do. This sermon challenges us to examine the hardest question to answer: do we trust Jesus when he tells us he has our well-being at heart? When we are able to answer yes, our whole approach to life and its ch ...…
 
Jesus' miracle of turning water into wine is one of many miracles Jesus performs in his ministry. At first, it doesn't seem to be his most significant miracle. Yet, this tells us a lot about who Jesus is and how we relate to him. This sermon reflects on 3 ways the water turned to wine enlightens our daily Christian life. Scripture Reference: Jo ...…
 
Baptism is part of most Christian traditions, and in today's Gospel reading, we see Jesus himself being baptized. So what does this episode tell us about Jesus, and what does it tell us about the meaning of baptism? In this sermon, Fr. Stephen explains how this episode reveals important aspects of who Jesus is, and what Jesus brings to us throu ...…
 
Epiphany is the last official day of the Christmas season in the Church. Yet, by this point every year most of us have left Christmas far behind. Why make a big deal out of the 12 days of Christmas, and why make a big deal out of Epiphany. This sermon explains why the Church insists on celebrating Christmas for 12 whole days and not just on Chr ...…
 
Christmas is a busy season, and Christmas Day is particularly full. Yet, Christmas is worth reflecting on because it tells more than a charming story which happened long ago. It tells us that God is near to us, and that His salvation is always close. This reality is easy to forget throughout the year, as the world moves on to other things. Refl ...…
 
A sermon about the dignity God gives to the weak. Our world is preoccupied with the rich and famous. They are the ones we follow on social media, and the ones we write stories about. Yet, Christmas every year introduces us to a small family which seems insignificant. By being born into a poor, humble family, God shows us the worth he places on ...…
 
Christians are supposed to be hopeful people. God gives us great promises about how He will care for us, and how He will make all things right. Yet, these hopeful promises can be hard to believe when our everyday life is full of challenges and disappointments. This sermon argues that Advent is meant to help us keep hope while remembering that t ...…
 
This section of Mark's Gospel is hard to read because it talks about judgment, signs and wonders. Fr. Stephen explains why this type of writing is known as apocalyptic literature, and how we can understand it despite it being odd-sounding. He also notes that this passage is about judgement on the Jerusalem of Jesus' day but also speaks to us ab ...…
 
What is the point in thinking about heaven, if it's just something coming in the future? This sermon reflects on how famous, well-known saints and unknown, everyday saints point us to the reality and value of heaven. Fr. Stephen also reflects on how we see heaven revealed in those places of beauty in our daily lives. What we see now only partia ...…
 
This sermon examines the way money and possessions exert unhealthy influence on us. In this passage from Mark, Jesus gives a rich young man a very difficult task: to sell his possessions and give them to the poor. This command rightly shocks us, because most of us live with many possessions. Money and possessions can warp our priorities, and ma ...…
 
This sermon deals with the challenging topic of divorce. Fr. Stephen explains here how we are to look at divorce, and then challenges us to ask why God created marriage. How do we live up to the purpose for which marriage was made?
 
Fr. Stephen gives some background on the letter, and explains that it was written to a group of Jewish Christians who are experiencing persecution. Under these circumstances, it was tempting to "fight fire with fire" and respond by using the same methods as those who are attacking. James reminds his readers that their existence as a body of bel ...…
 
In this sermon, Fr. Stephen argues that by dismissing supernatural evil, we are in danger of being surprised by evil when it attacks. We also run the risk of ignoring it because it doesn't seem so evil on the surface. The sermon concludes with St. Paul's advice on how to protect ourselves from evil by putting on the armour of God.…
 
Today many feel the legacy of the church's suspicion of pleasure and sexuality. Many still feel a sense of shame from bad interactions with the church. So how do Paul's words on sexuality apply to us today, without shame? Fr. Stephen speaks to the importance of vulnerability and intimacy in our lives, encouraging us to consider how we can bette ...…
 
In today's passage from Ephesians, St. Paul reminds us that we are to help each other grow more fully to resemble Jesus. His particular focus is on the sacrificial character of Jesus' ministry, and calls his readers to imitate this. They can do this through letting go of old, self-focused ways and embracing the way of service which Christ embra ...…
 
In this section of his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul continues the theme he started in chapter 2: the church experiences unity because of Christ's work in reconciling different groups. But what does this unity really look like, and what are we supposed to do about it? This sermon reflects on how unity is a gift for us to appreciate, but als ...…
 
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