Unity in Political Diversity

In light of this year’s Federal election, I am conscious that there is a diversity of political thought within our congregation and so I thought it might be helpful that I address the subject of Christian unity in political diversity. Christian “oneness” is not “sameness”. What binds us together as a faith community is not the commonality of our education, economic status, ethnicity, political leanings or anything else. The basis for our unity is in Christ alone. Regardless of who is next to come into power, we aim to live under the wise… Read More

The Heart: Like An 80’s Chevy

I bought my first car in the 90’s. It was a 1985 Chevy Cavalier. It was as basic as cars came, except for my awesome dash-mounted CD player with anti-skip and SUPER BASS.  Among the litany of problems I had with that car, the alignment was ridiculous. As I drove down the road, the severe angle of the steering wheel indicated that to let go was to head for the ditch. I could have fixed it of course, but here’s the thing. I only paid $1000 for the car, so the price… Read More

Breathe, Church.

Imagine a young hockey player has the opportunity to sit down for coffee with their NHL hero and ask them for some advice on how they got to where they are today. The hockey god sits back, strokes their mullet and goes on to give some choice advice: Have the instincts of a ninja, reflexes of  a fighter pilot, accelerate like a Formula 1 car, change direction like a hummingbird and be able to leg press a Honda Civic. Then work harder than everyone else, want it more than everyone else and… Read More

Blessed When Life Isn’t #blessed

When Susan’s younger sister was a little girl, she wanted her parents to change her name to “Pookie”. Needless to say, as an adult she is very thankful her dad didn’t grant the request of her younger self. For most of my life, I’ve seen prayer as a tool or a means of getting things from God. Like Susan’s sister, I’ve prayed lots of Pookie prayers that, from my point of view, went unanswered. We can come to God in prayer with great confidence – but not for the reasons I once thought. I’m not confident… Read More

Parenting is Hard. God’s grace is Good.

Susan and I have three kids who are in university, high school and elementary school respectively. Our dinner table convos are diverse to say the least. There aren’t too many crossovers between life in an elementary school playground, a high school hallway and a university campus, but there is one thing that is conspicuously common to all three: The quest for identity. Good grades, physical appearance, sense of style, athleticism, musicianship, artistic interests, extracurricular accomplishments, material possessions, popularity, social media notoriety, date-ability, cultural savvy … there is an endless list of things… Read More

On Your Right … No Your Other Right.

As I write this from the window of a coffee shop, the traffic is driving by on the right side of the road … because I’m Canadian. If you’re reading this in Pakistan, Kenya, Fiji or one of 75 other possible countries and territories, then the traffic outside your coffee shop is  driving by on the left … which for you, is right. If you were to move here, we would say “Welcome to Canada – we drive on the right” and if I were to move there, you might say, “Welcome… Read More

Philosophy, Seinfeld and Soul Food

“There’s no danger in running out of appetites” Seinfeld’s humour lands with us for many reasons, the most obvious perhaps, is that his insightful wit is like a welcome mat inviting us to laugh at ourselves. In this bit, he argues that he’s never in danger of ruining his appetite because there’s another one following along behind it. His appetite is infinite. In 380BC, Plato wrote a political philosophical manifesto called the Republic in which he also identified the infinite appetite in the human soul. According to Plato, the thinking part of your… Read More

Everybody Hurts

I am embarrassed to say this, but for many years in pastoral ministry, I sat across from people in real suffering, but because of my own discomfort with suffering, I sought to fix those who weeped instead of weeping with those who weeped. A number of years back, Susan and I were out with some close friends and they had some people in their lives going through some really hard times. They asked, ‘what’s your theology on suffering?’ I fumbled around. The truth is, my understanding of the bible  at that time in my life was formed by… Read More

Good News For Those who Face-plant

Every Christian face-plants. It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been saved by grace, we still face-plant. It doesn’t matter if we have a diligent prayer life and are faithful in our scripture meditation, we still face-plant. Our mind wanders in some illicit direction. We lose our temper in a moment of unjust anger. Our selfishness comes out and hurts those around us that we love. Our heart, which acts more like a stomach, draws us in one direction or another and we find ourselves dumpster diving to feed on something we aren’t… Read More

The Clumping Church

Imagine you walk into a room and a conversation has been going for some time. You listen to a sentence, maybe two, and then you interject your thoughts on the matter. The odds of you saying something out of context is extremely high. It’s not that hard for me to imagine because I have this nasty habit of making assumptions and I’ve done that more often than I’d care to admit. For much of my Christian life, Ephesians 5:1 was a verse gave rise to feelings of guilt and inadequacy. Reading the words “Therefore be imitators of… Read More

Identity & Reinvention