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Courage to Ask

For the most part I have been a second tier supporter of our congregation’s involvement in the Syrian Refugee situation. Many others do the heavy lifting. Currently, the congregation has brought one f...

Reach for the Attic

Christmas is done! No traces remain of the 19 people who celebrated the day on December 27th. All the nativity sets are boxed and stored, the ornaments packed and the house clean. We store our signifi...

Joy and Gratitude

I am not really a New Year’s resolution guy. Mostly because past attempts – of which I have a long record – involve weight and that has proved a dis-spiriting battle. I prefer to think of ...
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God in a Hoodie

I have a sense of the presence of God but the face is always hidden, a glimpse of a cheekbone or a scar. The promise of a warm solid embrace when life chills to the bone but the garment fits loosely. ...
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Open Arms

After all these years you would think I would be more comfortable with the degree of my own ignorance. Apparently not. My wife has a small collection of nativity sets. One of her favourites is a colle...
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Joy Right in Front of Me

Right off the top I must confess to the lack of fairness of it all. My children certainly can file a complaint of injustice. When my children were young they learned very quickly the iron clad rule &#...

The Moment to Change

When the doctor says, “It would help your blood pressure and a few other things if you could lose some weight” I have to hold back the quip. “No problem! I’ve done it dozens of times.” Part of my inte...

Power of Stories

  Time again to turn to readings for the upcoming term for the Studio for Strategic Leadership at VST. The ability to recognize, tell and engage key stories from various dimensions of our life is...

A Call

A young man had just been admitted with terminal cancer and was not “doing well,” said the Emergency Room attendant. The call came around 7:30 am to Gaye who volunteers as an on-call chaplain at the h...