Freedom Riders and Ferguson

On Saturday night Emily and I watched a PBS documentary on the Civil Rights Freedom Riders. I had a vague knowledge of the history (Emily had quite a bit more) but not many of the details. It really is an inspiring story on many fronts. Beyond general inspiration, though, I …

Pause ~ everything is better when I learn the wonder of moments

An interview with Chris Maxwell, author of Pause: The Secret to a Better Life One Word at a Time, Pause for Moms, and the recently released Pause for Pastors. He says, “after I almost died of encephalitis and began a life with severe brain damage and epilepsy, I began appreciating life more…. everything is better when I learn the wonder of moments, when I notice the beauty of now, when I appreciate the holiness nearby.”

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Be the Change Now

Ghandi once said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” It’s a profoundly Kingdom teaching.

It seems to me, however, that few people adopt Ghandi’s philosophy. It’s far easier to focus our attention on how others should … read more

I refuse to complain about the weather

As I write this, the forecast low for tonight is -8C.  So much snow has fallen here over the past few days that tree branches aren’t able to bear the load of the uncharacteristcally sticky white stuff, and so they are falling. Branches are falling onto sidewalks, onto power lines and onto cars.  City crews have been constantly busy keeping up with the aftermath, and until the snow melts, we won’t know the damage that has been done.  Those details alone are odd, but it doesn’t stop there.  Today is September 10th, so we are still technically within summer.  My kids built a snowman in the back yard today, and when they were done, it looked around and said, “I’ve been sadly misinformed about summer.” Not only is it this cold now, but it was 25C on Sunday morning. I was sweating at the pulpit, and I wasn’t event talking about sex or money.  The five day forecast for this coming Sunday is 21C as well. Still, these temperature fluctuations and the concept of snow in September aren’t unheard of in this part of the world. The altitude, the jet streams, and our Canadian citizenship mean that we locals should [...]

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