Everywhere to Everywhere

Last week I went to the uttermost parts of the world, or maybe I just met them halfway. I was a representative from the Atlantic district and a guest at the International Conference of the Wesleyan Church, held in Bridgetown Barbados. During that time, I dined with pastors from Myanmar, Poland, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Cambodia and…

Citizen who?

Last week I reached out to a distant relative in Estonia.  I had never met Mihkel before, but apparently we share DNA.  Thankfully, he is fluent in English because my Estonian is a little rusty.  By rusty, I mean non-existent.  I have been looking for information on my Great Grandfather who left Estonia in 1917…

Really?

I was thinking about an article I read a while back about a man in Kansas City, Kansas by the name of Wesley Fitzpatrick. It seemed that Fitzpatrick applied for a temporary restraining order against a female whom he said was stalking him.  Fitzpatrick claimed that she was making him “scared and depressed and in…

The Power of the Spoken Word

Earlier this month I ate at the Cunard Restaurant in Miramichi, and it was great. I was on a district trip with two other pastors and one of them mentioned the Cunard.  He had never been there, but as a teenager he had watched Hockey Night in Canada and the Cunard Restaurant was a sponsor. …

Holy Day or Holiday?

I was kind of curious about where he was going.  I heard a DJ on the radio talking about the long weekend that was coming up and how it wasn't just another long weekend. This was a very special long weekend because of what it represented.  This is getting interesting, I thought. Then he added…

Act Your Age

Emile Ratelband doesn’t feel that who he is lines up with what his birth certificate says about him.  And so last year he set out to have his birth certificate changed to reflect his reality of who he actually was.  And the courts denied his request. Ratelband didn’t want his birth certificate changed to reflect his preferred gender,…

Justice or . . .

Sixteen lives were lost and other lives were changed forever.  Families were shattered, a nation was heartbroken and now justice has been served. Or has it? That afternoon sixteen members of the Humboldt Broncos died because twenty-nine-year-old Jaskirat Singh Sidhu failed to stop.  There was a stop sign and a flashing light, apparently Sidhu didn’t…

The Forgotten Ones

It was a tragedy.  Fifty people killed because of the faith they practiced.  You would think that would be a newsworthy event.  Apparently not.  You’d think maybe such actions would be condemned by political and religious leaders.  Again, apparently not.  The silence around the event has been deafening.  And you are thinking: Oh no Denn, there…

Just be on Time

I have a confession to make, this might shock you, but I hate when things start late.  Hate might be a little strong.  Nope, that’s pretty much spot on. While we were on vacation, we went on an excursion that was late from the beginning.  Two ladies were late getting to the starting place, so we…

Another Shortage

It’s one of those crises that sneaks up on you.  I guess I had never really thought about it before and then I read a newspaper article highlighting the magnitude of the problem and I was horrified.  Who would have thought that it could actually come to this?  Certainly not me.  Forget about how much…