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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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The Gospel according to Disney

I felt rejuvenated and refreshed by Disney. But where was prayer, and where was encounter, in my vacation? How very secular to claim renewal after a week of privileged consumerist pleasure. What is our responsibility as Christians living in and with the Empire anyway? Continue reading

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I told you never to call me here

“Are you answering work email?” I was. It was about 9:30, and my wife, son and I had just returned home from evening prayer. It been out the door shortly after 5am to prepare for a 7:30 meeting, and a day filled with the usual mix of church and communications. And she called me on it. Continue reading

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Retreat!

While a retreat may not be productive in the traditional sense, it is a beneficial time to re-focus, re-energise, and re-charge. It is a time to celebrate being instead of doing. Continue reading

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And in the Seventh Week of Class, God Rested

Yet, I would argue, we are just as finite and human as we ever have been and these increased demands on our time and energy make it all the more important for us to schedule Sabbath into our week. The increased pressure on university students resulted in the establishment of an institutional reading week for just this reason. Continue reading

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Laying Fallow

Letting land lie fallow is a tried and true methodology. It benefits the soil for long term use and support, it benefits the future growth. It’s a good thing. Maybe the church could learn from it. Continue reading

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Searching for Sabbath

Is Sabbath observance merely about the demand to go to church? If church attendance is part of our regular life, are we actually entering into the state of spiritual rest if we are simply doing that which we always do? Continue reading

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Loitering with Intent

There is a term I hear regularly among college chaplains called “loitering with intent.” With so many students and so little time, it is a practice which most of us find remarkably difficult but undoubtedly necessary. Intentional hanging around, it seems, is the best formula for building relationships. Continue reading

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The magic of rest.

One of the hardest lessons for an amateur magician to learn is how to effectively include rest and non-action into the working of magical effect. The tendency is to rush through the moves and sleights in order reach the climax or revelation as quickly as possible. This cramming together of each move, without space in between, effectively robs the illusion its power and effectiveness.

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The Day Off

“When IS your day off?” Making time for sabbath is an essential part of our lives. Continue reading

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