Chapter 31

Mary must have sensed my disbelief: “I know.  You wouldn’t be the first one to doubt what happened.  How do you think Joseph felt? “Within days I knew I was pregnant, that a life was growing inside of me, and I realized that Joseph would have to know. “I still remember the look of shock…

Time

Recently someone asked me why I wear a watch when I could find the time on my phone. The fact that I like the look of watches seemed a little shallow, so I replied: it not only tells me the time, it saves me time. They looked at me quizzically, so I elaborated.  When I…

Blessed # 1

So here we are. Week two of Money Month! In case you weren’t here last week or if you are new to Cornerstone, I made a decision a number of years ago that instead of responding to various financial crisis in the church by preaching on them that I would take one month each year…

Look, a ship

I could hardly believe my eyes.  We had just arrived in the port of Aruba and as was my custom I was up early with a cup of coffee doing some writing.  And as we came alongside the pier, there it was:  The Ryan Leet. Now that might not mean anything to you, and I’m…

Chapter 15 new

After I had this written I realized that it belonged back further in the book. The net was ready to split with the sheer volume of our catch. The water churned with the efforts of hundreds of fish struggling for freedom; the water shimmered as the sun reflected on the scales the fish had lost…

Weather we like it or not

Have you picked up on the fact that winter isn’t my favourite season?  As a matter of fact winter doesn’t even rank in the list of my top favourite seasons. (which just happen to be summer, summer, summer and autumn)  But it’s not just the weather, it’s having to listen to everyone gripe about the…

Giving it up for Lent

So, what are you giving up for Lent?  I was thinking of giving up brussels sprouts, Oprah and Barry Manilow music.  In some churches that are more traditional than we are, Lent is the 40 days (less Sundays) before Easter and has been seen as a time to fast or give something up for God. …

Chapter 28

I couldn’t contain myself. “That’s fine the first time, but how many times do we need to forgive someone?  Five times?  Six times?  Seven times?  Won’t they just keep taking advantage of us if we keep forgiving them?” Jesus looked at me and said, “Let me tell you a story.  Suppose a man owed a…

We Never Learn

I remember when gas first got to the dollar mark. There speculation about how high the price could and would go, the experts spoke about the impact rising fuel prices would have on the economy and anti-poverty groups warned of the consequences the increased heating oil costs would have on the poor. There was a…

What to do When the Very Worst Happens

Worst-Case-Scenarios, we’ve all gone there in our minds from time to time.  Sometimes, we do it as part of the planning process.  For better or for worse, I tend to do that.  For example, people have often commented on the design of our church building.  That was the result of Worst-Case-Scenario thinking on my part.…