Category Archives: Musings

Lent – Salvation from the Dust

As we begin the season of lent, let’s carry close to the front of our vision our need for redemption. In a world that thrives on living as if we’ll never die, Lent is our companion for safe passage past our illusions and into the arms of a loving God; a God who was broken so...

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Dust and Dreams

“You could not perceive, how to be Just rest in this and I will give you eyes to see In dust is hope, just so you know And I will pull you through if you let go… Dust and dreams….”     There is a frail and fine line that separates our dreams from dust....

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My favourite coffee…

I stopped into JJ Bean for a coffee and breakfast wrap this morning. Something about the texture of the place makes the experience of their coffee so good. As I waited I saw “commercial drivers” sipping their espressos while doing crafts and reading. There were two blue collar types having coffee too. Leathery faces and...

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Being with the Dying…Remembering Susan

There are few moments in a persons life that can be more transformative than being with the dying. Typically, those that are ready to die and have prepared their hearts, can speak with such clarity and reason to the things that really matter. They can expose the trivial pursuits of life to make room for...

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A letter to my children….don’t stare at the ads!

There are many things I want to teach you about life. Although I am hardly the expert, some understanding has grabbed me through my experiences that I long to impart to you for your benefit. Today you are still young, but tomorrow, I hope you will see things with clarity and a keen mind nurtured...

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Life giving conversations….

The last week has offered me the opportunity to have some very life giving conversations with special people. Each one has been a learning experience and a discovery of what God is doing in me lately. I contrast these conversations against the feeling of this image that I made last weekend while on a photo...

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Voice of the Day – Bonhoeffer on humility…

“Those who would learn to serve must first learn to think little of themselves…Only those who live by the forgiveness of their sin in Jesus Christ will think little of themselves in the right way. They will know that their own wisdom completely came to an end when Christ forgave them.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer It makes...

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My attempt at socially responsible gift giving…(Part 4)

Today my report includes a goat and two chickens. That’s right, a goat and two chickens. I purchased these from Oxfam in name for others. These are a great gift for the person that pretty much has everything they need. They serve as good stocking stuffers (the information gift card does). They can also be...

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My attempt at socially consious gift giving…(Part 3)

There is nothing too extravagant to report on this leg of the socially conscious gift buying adventure. Today my son and I went t run some errands and while out stopped by the local theatre to buy some gift cards. Gift cards are a wonderful way to keep things local and it gives some room...

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I made the upgrade…

…to Leopard. We were at Trinity Western today with the kids for a Christmas Festival when I stopped by the bookstore and realized that I could get the student discount on the Leopard OS. I picked up iWork 08 as well to utilize the pages app that seems useful. Now I just have to begin...

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The Church Moves into the Neighbourhood – Part 1

The following is part one of a three part series of posts on the incarnation. It is a small paper I completed for a class in Spiritual Formation. I welcome your questions and feedback on these thoughts. As the total paper is a short 7.5 pages, it was difficult to formulate detailed arguments. As such,...

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A Community in my face…

Each morning I get up in the wee hours, prepare myself for work and make my way to the train station where I park my car before the 40 minute trip into downtown. I park on the street beside a vacant lot that is a smattering of trees and unkept grass. Upon first glance, anyone...

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Thoughts on Suffering &Thankfulness

Is it only the things we desire out of life that we ought to be thankful for? Or, can we be thankful for the times things don’t go our way? I think the latter should be the right perspective. Being thankful for difficult times, whether suffering to an unbearable point, or hardships of a lesser...

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My Peace I Leave With You…

Inhabitatio Dei has invited a some thoughtful people to write on Christian Pacifism. Please have a look at their perspectives on the subject. The Restoration Movement by Thom Stark A Reformed Pacifism by Kim Fabricius The Baptist-Anabaptist Tradition by Michael Westmoreland-White An Evangelical Pacifism by D.W. Congdon A Free Church Pacifism by David Horstkoetter An...

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3 Perspectives on Pastoral Ministry

I’ve been thinking about pastoral ministry and the many images we have that define that vocation. We’ve hear of shepherd, teacher, leader, guide, and coach, among others. They are all valuable images that lend to the vocation. However, in our culturally progressive and business-minded world, new images of pastor as CEO, or manager have made...

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