Liam’s Story – Planning The Walk

Introduction: I’m sorry, but I am not a good writer. I don’t know much about proper formatting for literature. But I wrote this story as best as i could. I asked my grandson if he would like me to write him a story for Christmas? He nodded a big yes with a huge smile. “How…

And There Was Peace – With a Wobble

“St. John of the Cross says that every quality or virtue which the Spirit really produces in our souls has three distinguishing characters…..Tranquillity, Gentleness, Strength. …. Fuss and feverishness, anxiety, intensity, intolerance, instability, pessimism and wobble, and every kind of hurry and worry – these, even on the highest levels, are signs of the self-made…

Have We Progressed?

Sharing some startling ancient history with you today. This is not for the faint of heart. You have been warned. You might wish to go elsewhere. “The engravings found on the funerary stelae at Carthage are devastating to the skeptical position. Under the stelae are urns containing the burnt remains of the children. It is…

My Steps Toward A Smaller Carbon Footprint

Criticism of a policy is not equal to “I don’t care about the issue.” (You can skip my sermon and go right to the list below if you like) Adhominem – Attacking the person-hood of the arguer instead of addressing his argument. I care about the environment. I make my living from natures ecosystem as…

Shaking The Political Apple Tree For An Honest Apple Pie

I hate Politics, it makes me angry. Not because I am not getting my way. Simply reading political issues make me a bad person. In fact there are very few polices or laws I would like to see legislated. I might be a  kind of a libertarian or classical liberal that way.  What I am…

Informed Reasons – Facing The Dismissive Spirit

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” ― Mark Twain This topsy-turvy social climate we are in makes it rather disgusting to discuss much of anything. I am a rather conservative person. I arrived at my current beliefs with time, education, life experience, cross-cultural experience, copious reading,…

My Secondhand Story Of Church

I will end with a funny story. So hang in there. It was very early Sunday morning and I was up reading scripture for many hours . I was reading in the ESV translation (I use four different ones regularly ) I came to a verse in Ephesians that I am familiar with. I read…

When Human Starvation Fueled A New Canadian Political Reform

Reading Preston Manning’s memoir is rather humbling. Manning always fascinated me as a person and politician. Who else in this country did what we did: bringing online a new grassroots national political party that became the official opposition (almost ruling party) of an entire country in an incredibly short time frame. This story is a…

When Men And Women Cease To Transfer Skills To Children

Education is more than books, talking points and reading. Education used to include virtue, and hands on practical skills through work exposure. But to learn how to insulate, plumb, or frame a wall; well, one actually has to stop reading, texting, gaming, youtubing, or hanging at the mall or bar long enough to actually join…

Where My Father’s DNA Roams

My life just came back around. We can leave “home”, however, “home” will always have a piece of us, like it or not. One might have worked in four different countries, lived in a different province,  speak two languages and a smattering of two others, have been immersed in radically different cultures and religions; yet,…

Exuding Spiritual Freedom – Closet Praying & More

Pull up a chair and read this one as you sip your Sunday morning tea or coffee. The Message Translation really opened up some thought about Jesus’ words to go into your closet to pray, avoiding public prayers. Richard Rohr wrote some insightful words on this passage as well: “Many Christians seem to have little…