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Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

The Seen and the Unseen

A few weeks ago I stood with my mother at Dad’s grave in the city of Winnipeg, Canada. It was the first time I had been back since we buried him there six years ago. My Mom, 83, is still quite active. It meant a lot to share this graveside moment with her, although we […]

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Cowards into Brave Men

Winston¬† Churchill was possibly the greatest political leader of the 20th century, a modern day Cyrus of sorts. He loved the hymns of the Church of England and professed a belief in Christianity, although perhaps not in the¬† evangelical sense we would understand it. Yet his passion for good against evil, his soaring rhetoric and […]

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Sovereign, Surprising Seasons

I have been watching a documentary on the life of Winston Churchill, lent to me by a fellow Churchill admirer, Randy Hurst. We both agree that Churchill may have been one of the greatest political figures of the 20th century. After a decade of political exile during which his warns about the rising threat in […]

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

My Dad and Volunteer Ministry

It’s Father’s Day morning as I write and, not being a pastor any more, I am waiting to ‘go to church.’ Although I am looking forward to it, I am still getting used to not being in pastor mode anymore. The day also makes be reflective of my dad who spent his life not only […]

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Dreamers, Thinkers and Doers

A friend of mine, who lives in the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics (Vancouver, Canada) has for years been highly involved as a Pentecostal layman in the ministry of The Salvation Army. He once gave me this summary of the ideal team members that they need to accomplish their goals with effectiveness: Dreamers, Thinkers, […]

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

The Scandal of Joy to the World

Over this past Thanksgiving weekend I was looking through the most recent issue of Christianity Today. On their ‘Where We Stand’ page the editors quote G. K. Chesterton when he claimed that a person is fully human when “joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial.” The quote continues: “Melancholy should be […]

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Right Rules for Living

I have been thinking about what a good friend of mine, Randy Hurst, calls “Jim Bradford’s Frustrating, Impossible but Right Rules for Living.” He heard me talk about them in a sermon from 2nd Timothy and has posted them, under that title, by his work desk. They go like this: 1. Put your best energies […]

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Personal-Life Leadership Questions

For the Reflective Reading on the back of our church bulletin last Sunday I listed 7 ‘self-diagnostic’ questions I need to keep asking myself as a leader. To the end that we all fulfill God’s calling with personal lives that stay holy and healthy, here they are again. I hope you find them helpful. KNOW […]

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Who Loves Unconditionally?

There is an ad I have been hearing on the radio about experiencing unconditional love. Turns out it’s ad about having pets. The point is well taken — pets do tend to love us in spite of ourselves. I personally never had pet a pet growing up and am not particularly fond of the idea […]