Houston, We Have a Problem

“Houston, we have a problem!” April 13th, 1970, and the Odyssey’s Commander Jim Lovell uttered words that would go down in History. That wasn’t how Lovell thought he’d be remembered, he thought that he would go down in history as the fifth man to walk on the moon, but a faulty oxygen tank would destroy…

Response to Suffering

A couple of weeks ago, I heard a preacher say that we read the bible with the end in mind. What he meant was that because we are so familiar with the various stories of the bible, our minds automatically skip to the ending, and we miss the story in the middle. The scripture that…

Being a Part of the Family

He knocked on the door, wondering how he’d be received when the door was opened.   His name was Onesimus, and he was a slave who had run away and was now returning. Returning to what he wasn’t sure.  We don’t know a whole lot about what happened between the time Onesimus had escaped from slavery…

Created as Humans

If you were to visit the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. you could visit an exhibit called The Hall of Human Origins, and you could spend the better part of a day visiting the various displays that make up the exhibit.   Now if DC isn’t on your vacation list for this year, you could…

Image of God

In the Beginning.  That’s where it all started and where God created all things.   Now, I have no interest in dating when that creation may or may not have happened.  Everybody has a theory. For me, it’s enough to believe that God created everything.  That this world as we know it was not an accident,…

Disappointments

Have you ever been disappointed? Really disappointed? Maybe you watched as your dreams crashed and burnt, or perhaps someone you loved and trusted let you down. These past two years have been twenty-four months of disappointments. Disappointments as birthday parties were cancelled, hockey tournaments were cancelled, weddings were cancelled, and funerals were cancelled. I am…

How Much Should I Give?

It’s almost over, can you feel it in the air? There is almost an electricity in the air as people wait expectantly for March to be over. They don’t care what Denn will be preaching next week or the week after that, they just know it won’t be about money. Our theme this month has…

What Next?

What happens when you’ve finished? You know? When there was something that you set out to do, you dreamed a dream; you set a goal; you did the work, and then, just like that, you were done. What next? Three years ago, I started working on a book entitled: A Fisherman’s Tale. It was a…

How Much is Enough?

Do you like buffets? Me, not so much now but when I was younger, I loved buffets. They were almost a challenge. My philosophy was, the first plate the restaurant wins, the second plate is a draw and anything after plate three meant you were the winner. How much is enough? Ferdinand Marcos was the…

The Proof of the Spirit

Has anyone here ever grown fruit trees? Maybe an apple tree or a cherry tree. I am not a farmer or a gardener, but in 1990 we moved into a rented house we were told had five different fruit trees in the backyard.  When I heard that I thought, “wow that’ll be cool.” The day…