Butternut squash soup for the soul

Saturday, February 1, 2014

There’s nothing quite like a bowl of butternut squash soup on a cold winter day. I like to season mine with earthy cinnamon and nutmeg. Others prefer the…

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“Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night”

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Daily Scripture reading and the Lord’s Prayer are as much part of my elementary school memories as multi-coloured crayons and freshly sharpened pencils. Our class would stand by our desks and recite the prayer together, regardless of faith or creed. Ursula (Lutheran), twins Sandra and Sam (atheist), Zahida (Hindu) and I (Catholic at the time) all dutifully prayed at the beginning of each day.

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What a relief!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

When Starbucks rolls out its red cups filled with eggnog or gingerbread lattes; when Walmart stocks Santa merchandise and red & green decorations before the ghosts and orange &…

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“My spirit was laid down, but now it stands strong”

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Angela and I have known each other since we were 13. We met at Summer Magic day camp, where we both served as junior volunteers. I recall feeling…

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Family or team?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It’s Jets hockey season in our house again. I’ll admit we were part of the excitement two years ago when the team returned to Winnipeg after more than…

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It’s a new day

Sunday, September 1, 2013

“This is a kairos moment!” We’re rather fond of this phrase in evangelical circles. Kairos is a Greek word meaning “right” or “opportune.” When we use the term, we’re saying the moment is God-ordained, special. It carries more weight than regular, chronological time.

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The common good: A great idea

Thursday, August 1, 2013

“Mama!” he squealed. “Look! A digger and a tractor!” Three-year-old Alexander pointed enthusiastically out the window, bouncing up and down like a human pogo stick. My son was…

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In defence of ordinary

Monday, July 1, 2013

I used to long for an extraordinary life. Once, I drove across Canada with a team of young adults on a short-term mission trip, vowing to live the rest…

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Home: headache, heartbreak or hope?

Saturday, June 1, 2013

The first time my husband and I painted our bedroom, the experience was something of a coup for me. We had just gotten married and decided it was…

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Oh, the adventures that await just over the hill!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

You couldn’t miss her when you walked through the foyer of Bakerview Church. Wanda was a firecracker! With spirited enthusiasm and carefully coiffed hair , Wanda was quick…

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A response to intolerance against Christians

Monday, April 1, 2013

A newly formed Office of Religious Freedom will defend those persecuted for their faith around the world, but closer to home many Canadians seem indifferent or even hostile to the idea. You’d think that dedicating Canadian resources to protecting freedom of conscience and religion internationally would be something most citizens could get behind.

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Humble majesty

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Queen of the Night is a desert marvel. Once a year, this cactus – which usually looks like a barren, ugly stick – grows a single, white…

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Life lessons from great teachers

Friday, February 1, 2013

Teachers are dear to my heart. From my public school teachers to seminary professors to my own father, I’ve gathered pearls of wisdom from all of them. My…

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Ms. Kalmar goes to Ottawa

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

[Should political advocacy scare Christians?] Ottawa has always been one of my favourite cities. It’s an old, stately city – whose name is derived from the Algonquin word for “trade”…

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Have you got a light?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

In the small town where I grew up, where half of the seven churches were Mennonite, there were two main groups in school: those who went to church…

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