December 17th, 2019
Advent does not lead to nervous tension stemming from expectation of something spectacular about to happen. On the contrary, it leads to a growing inner stillness and joy allowing me to realize that h...
December 7th, 2019
Peace has come to mean the time when there aren't any wars or even any major wars. Beggars can't be choosers; we'd most of us settle for that. But in Hebrew peace, shalom, means fullness, means havi...
December 1st, 2019
HOPEOur mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of HOPE –not the prudent gates of Optimism, which are somewhat narrower,not the stalwart boring gates of Common Sense,nor the strident gates of self-...
The Times In Which We Live
November 26th, 2019
An Article for the Riverview Reflector winter issueI’m sitting in our kitchen nook at home typing on my computer. We live 11 km south of Winnipeg on the 2nd floor of our straw-bale barn-looking house....
Grace Escape 2019 - Love Your Enemies
October 9th, 2019
Thirty people were at our Grace Escape Retreat this past weekend. We enjoyed good fellowship and conversation even with the steady soft rain falling around us. We were thrilled that Irma & Cameron McK...
August 31st, 2019
Here we are now in Ordinary Time – the season after Pentecost – and I’ve not written since Lent. It has been difficult for me to write beyond Lent when I am still personally in the space of asking, “H...
LENT - Fasting & Feasting
March 19th, 2019
What does Lent me for you? Are you observing it in some way?Lent can be a time of both fasting and feasting. Fasting from things that stand in our way of being more Christ-like and feasting on those t...
I Can Cook Eggs
February 26th, 2019
He approached me in passing after worship one Sunday morning and said, “I was looking at the grill in the church kitchen the other day and, remembering my days as a short-order cook, thought to myself...
February 8th, 2019
An article for the Riverview Reflector's Spring issue:Change is part of life. That’s not new news. As long as I am alive, moving and breathing on my own I expect I will continue to change. I will chan...
January 6 - EPIPHANY
January 4th, 2019
Four weeks of Advent, 11 days of Christmas and now Epiphany – the 12th and final day of the Christmas season. Advent recognizes our longing and yearning for God. Christmas celebrates Emmanuel – God wi...
EMMANUEL - GOD With Us
December 25th, 2018
For 4 weeks we have been preparing, waiting, anticipating. Now it is Christmas! Advent, like Mary’s pregnancy, gave time for anticipation to grow within us as we waited for the birth of Jesus. God in ...
Let There Be Light
December 17th, 2018
An article for the Riverview Reflector December, 2018 issue:My grandson Julian will be 7 years old just after Christmas. Lately, when I’ve said in front of him that he is 6 ½ he corrects me immediatel...