As Advertised on TV!

Last week I was listening to the radio, and they played a TV ad from the 1970s.  As I listened, I could almost see it in my mind’s eye.  If you are old enough you probably remember the ad for the K-Tel Record Selector.  It was promoted as having a space-age design, finger-tip control and…

A Return to Civility 3

Recently I was reading an article written by a friend of mine, Mike McNeil. Mike and I are from the same home church, and he taught at Kingswood University for forty years before taking a teaching position with Kings Church in Saint John. Mike writes a column called Soul Apologetics, and this week the article…

That’s Wild!

That’s wild. A man in England is suing Apple for £5 million. Now, to be truthful we’ve all thought of suing Apple for various reasons. The wild part of this lawsuit is the reason. The man is suing Apple because his wife discovered ‘deleted messages’ he sent to sex workers on his phone and the…

A Return to Civilty 2

A couple of weeks ago we began our series “A Return to Civility” and I mentioned how earlier this year I had speculated on what I saw as a loss of civility in our society. We’ve come to a place where we can no longer agree to disagree, and we’ve stopped treating one another with…

Really?

What is with people these days, defacing historically significant items to protest climate change? Over the past few years, we’ve read reports of people defacing some of the great masterpieces from artists such as Monet, DaVinci, Picasso and Van Gogh. Last month, the same group targeted the Magna Carta as part of their protests. Last week…

Bang!

It was one of those stories that make you go, Hmmmm?  Just recently it was reported that authorities in China secured a grenade that was in the possession of a 90-year-old resident of the village of Hubei.  What makes the story more interesting is the lady had been using the grenade as a hammer since…

A Return to Civility

Earlier this year I was struck by how uncivil our society has become. I can’t remember if it was a personal encounter with someone or something I saw on the news or read on social media. But I do remember thinking: Why can’t we just be civil to each other, what can’t we just be…

Gifts from the Past

I had another reminder today not to judge yesterday’s events by today’s standards. It was an article in Saltscape Magazine about past Christmas celebrations at the MRA department store, in Saint John NB. In the story was a picture of an event called, “The Legion Christmas Tree” and it was an appeal for Christmas gifts…

Reconstruction: Is the Bible Sexist?

If I were to ask you about the longest recorded conversation that Jesus had in the four gospels who would you say it involved? His best friend, Peter? John the Baptist? The High Priests when they were interrogating him or Pilate during this trial? Wrong on each account. The longest conversation that Jesus is recorded…

Agreeing to Disagree

One of the most valuable lessons I learned in ministry, I learned almost forty years ago in my first church as lead pastor.A gentleman by the name of Russell Patton taught me the importance of being able to “agree to disagree”. I didn’t know at the time that Russell was actually quoting John Wesley. I’m…