A Simple Wrong Turn

Last week our District Superintendent and I were flying back from Montreal and were on our way to our gate to catch our plane. The escalator wasn’t working and so we headed for the elevator.  It was a small elevator and the lady getting on had a stroller and a suitcase and said there wasn’t…

Why Fasting

What about fasting? I am on a quest.  And have been for years.  Some of you have been on a similar quest.  For some it is a major quest, and for others it’s a minor quest, but a quest never the less. And that quest is weight loss.  And it seems like it’s been never…

Stuff

Stuff!  Where does all the stuff come from?  As most of your know, the Guptills are not only moving, we are downsizing, and part of that process is purging. We’ve lived in our present house for fifteen years, and it’s amazing the stuff you accumulate.  Add to that the fact that Angela’s mom has lived…

Why Women in Ministry?

Her name was Antoinette Brown and she would become a part of history.  Antoinette was a committed abolitionist, a campaigner for temperance, and an advocate for women’s rights. Miss Brown was a popular lecturer at reform conventions nationwide and she also pastored a Congregational church in South Butler, New York.   But none of those things…

Nope, Not Today

The other day, I was just getting into my car in a parking lot when a guy came out of a pizza joint with a huge slice of pizza. And it looked awesome. Have I mentioned that I love pizza? It is one of the few foods that fits perfect as lunch, supper, breakfast or…

Why Evangelism

I love a good story, and I love a good story teller.  My favourite music through the years has been folk and country, because each song is a story.  That’s why Harry Chapin and Tom T Hall have been consistent favourites of mine, and why I love Gordy Lightfoot’s Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  And…

Why Wine?

In 1983 I witnessed a disaster of a wedding.  Angela and I were standing up with another couple that we had gone to Bible College with and it was like the pastor just didn’t care.  He dropped papers, fumbled through his readings and forgot names. It was horrendous.  And as a young pastor I determined…

Regrets, I’ve Had a Few

I was reading an article the other day that said: Regret can seriously damage your mental health. And I think deep down most of us understand that. However, having now heard it spoken aloud, I’m sure there will be those who regret the regrets they’ve had. But it’s too late, what’s done is done. Far…

Time Flies

Where does the time go?  This week it’s been twenty-five years.  That’s a quarter of a century. That’s right, twenty-five years ago this week Amazon was founded and while that was important for Jeff Bezos, it really didn’t impact my life.  However, two days later, on July 7th 1994, my name was read at Beulah…

Chapter 24

I was beginning to get a little restless in Nazareth; It seemed like a nice community and everyone was friendly, but it was clear that we were the outsiders.   But more than that, I missed home and Esther, and it seemed strange not to see the water every morning when I got up. I didn’t…