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…

A Wasted Life of Sneers and Jeers – Will You Eat Bugs Suzuki?

We sneer and Jeer, but we don’t change our lives. My wife and I were watching a documentary about humans out growing the planets ability to feed it’s population, and the documentary proposed that insects may become the main food source in feeding humans on this planet – our only hope of survival in the…

Stop Ruining My “Wild” Africa Experience

A few funny stories for you today.  Imagine a white dude, wearing cut off denim shorts, on a obviously western mountain bike (Not the Chinese stuff locals have), on a street of an obscure town in West Africa. At one point in our lives we lived in Abengougou, Ivory Coast, about 220 kilometers into the…

Sometimes I’m The Devil Sometimes It’s My Toaster

Statistics are not in our favour. Everyone who reads about the history of Hitler’s Germany during WW2, from the outside of Germany, comes away thinking, “How could people have been that way?” The assumption on our part is that “WE” would never have been like that. Indeed some were not. But enough became so to…

Prevenient Grace Is The First Dawn of Light Concerning His Will

Wonderful Prevenient Grace – Arminian Theology explains that it is the kind of Grace that goes before mankind, it does not follow after him. A friend shared a story of how things seem to fall in place after a huge move across the hemisphere, with no jobs secured before  they departed. Things keep falling into…

When Your Legacy Is Betrayed By A Sandal

I am reading though a philosophy series. Yes, I am only in the first volume of,  I think, eight or nine volumes. Working through from Greece to Roman philosophers has been tedious. However, I ran across this humorous story about Empedocles of Akragas. It seems he was very active in democratic politics and contributed to…