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…

What about Hell?

Long before I knew about God’s grace I knew about Gods’ wrath.  Long before I had encountered a loving God I knew about the fires of hell. Some of those images came from culture and some came from art.  All in all I think I prefer Larson to Hieronymus Bosch, but I’m that kind of…

Just Sayin’

I was reading an article the other day about the problem of feral pigs in Alberta. Not that I’m all that interested in the problem of feral pigs in Alberta..... However, I discovered that feral pigs are one of the world’s most invasive species. Who would have thought? And while fascinating, that wasn’t what captured…

Chapter 23

And so it went. For the rest of the trip Jesus told us stories and taught us about the Kingdom. Every once in a while someone would recognize him, word would spread and soon we’d be surrounded by a crowd. A clamouring clutching crowd, more times than not they weren’t there to hear what Jesus…

But God

He had his entire life ahead of him, and he knew exactly how it would play out. He was smart and handsome, he had everything going for him and he knew it.  If there had of a been a yearbook, he would have been the one voted most likely to succeed. And then he wasn’t.…