The Gift of Choice

A week ago, I didn’t even know determinism was a word, let alone a philosophy.  But now I know that determinism is a philosophical view where all events are entirely determined by previously existing causes. In the most extreme sense, there is the belief that everything was determined and put into motion at the beginning…

Real Relationships: Family

It was Tolstoy who said, “All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Have you ever stopped to think that both the Old Testament and the New Testament start with the story of a family? And the bible itself is a collection of family stories. There are happy…

An Honest Mistake, But still a Mistake

It was an honest mistake, and I sincerely believed I was right.  But I wasn’t.  Returning from our family vacation Angela and I found ourselves separated from Stefan, Deborah and the family.  Since we had already arrived at the gate and they were just clearing customs, I checked my boarding pass and texted Deborah our…

Christian Assist

I was thinking the other day about the “Driver Assist” option on my Corolla. It’s kind of cool.  It’s not quite a self-driving car, but it is close.  With the Lane Departure Warning system in place, if (or in my case when) you drift outside your lane, it will nudge you back in, not just…

Come Again

I saw a headline awhile back that said, “The Global eradication of Polio,” and my first thought was, “I didn’t know there was a movement to eradiation Polo. Maybe it has something to do with the way they treat the ponies.” Seriously, I am not making this up. And then I realized the article was…

Forget It!

If you looked at the bulletin this morning, you would notice that up in the corner is a date. It says January 1, 2023. Now, if we wanted to be precise, it would say AD 2023, but what does AD mean? It is short for the Latin phrase Anno Domini which translated into English is:…

Angry with Who?

Were you travelling over the Christmas holidays?  Did you get where you were going? Were you on time? It was certainly the season of travel delays, with planes, trains and automobiles all delayed because of major storms across North America.I was reading one article that was specifically speaking about air travel. One traveller who was…

Let’s Give it Back!

Maybe I’m a cynic.  Ok, no maybes about it. I am a cynic.  Lately, I’ve thought that maybe we should give December 25th to the world and let them celebrate their winter festivals or whatever it is they call this time of year so as not to offend anyone. I know that I’ve defended Christmas…

Light up the Night

Is it my imagination, or are there more Christmas lights up this year than there was last year?   It seems like every street is trying to outdo the other, at least in our neighbourhood. The displays range from the understated and tasteful to the “oh my goodness, how do they pay their power bill?”…

This Changes Everything: Simeon

We all know the words; we’ve heard them over and over again. If you close your eyes, you can almost picture the. The Old Testament words that are read each year during Advent. The words of Isaiah, Micah and David which relate to the coming Messiah. They are repeated in sermons and songs and printed…