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“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing.” Reflecting on the challenges of the modern-day Parenting Juggling Act, the assault of the entertainment and marketing industries, and the slipping-sliding-ever-changing landscape of the institutional church, this blog journeys through the headlines, the hurry and headaches to re-discover the ‘one thing’ of which our Saviour speaks.

I love snow days!

There is something reclaimed on snow days, something that has slipped away from our grasp without our realizing it, and for just an instant when the watches and warnings start to file in from Environment Canada, about which we are reminded. I will religious words to describe what it is that we’ve lost: Sabbath, festival, congregation. Continue reading

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Needles, 911, and a wake-up call

Last Wednesday night, our evening worship was brought to a grinding halt by a medical emergency, and I had a powerful encounter with Jesus—although I didn’t know it at the time. Continue reading

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Salt, Soup Sunday and a YES vote | Dream project blog: part eight

That is what this has always been about: it’s not about Grace’s survival or St. George’s growth. It’s not about downsizing or upsizing. It’s not even about a whole community finding a new home. It’s about the hope and expectation that there are so many others out there who need to hear the invitation to find their place at the table. Continue reading

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The cable company and the Kingdom of God

Where do multiple calls to technical support, hours of frustration, and accusations of fraud lead? In the grand scheme of things, it seems that the dehumanizing nature of corporate culture calls us to consider the Gospel in the choices we make: because “to be human is to be marked for and by love.” Continue reading

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Are we in uncharted waters? Dream project blog: part seven

Uncharted water is the course of the church. Period. We can remind one another of the lessons we have learned along the way that allow us to find joy and peace and chart our course, even on the choppy waters of life and even into—and, yes, out of—the eye of the storm. Continue reading

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Accounting for hope: an update from the Water Project in Pikangikum

The work before us remains daunting. And Pikangikum is just one of around 80 communities in this country that face similar water challenges. Continue reading

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Why I am Anglican | Dream project blog: part six

What I personally need in my walk with Jesus would seem to have very little to do with church merger conversations. Yet I am going to say that unless such a conversation is not ultimately about being better able to share the love and Good News of Jesus, then I’m simply not interested. Continue reading

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Good grief! The range of reactions to considering a church merger. | Dream project blog: part five

Grief is good when we come through it better than before. Continue reading

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Nothing on my tongue but hallelujah: thank you, Leonard Cohen

Thank you, Leonard Cohen. Rest in peace and rise in glory. Continue reading

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Day of the Dead:  reflections on the missing and murdered

I pray that November 2nd, The Day of the Dead, will be a time when we remember our loved ones and give thanks for the imprint of love that they have left on us. But I pray, too, that it will be a day of repentance. Repentance: turning around, turning around to look again for the ones we have failed. Continue reading

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