To walk together in a good way

Sunday, April 30, 2017

In my younger years, my family’s history in Canada sparked a feeling of pride. In the late 1700s, my father’s family settled in Upper Canada, and my mother’s…

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On the sea, in a home, along the path

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Discipleship is a buzzword in our church culture. We see what Jesus did for Matthew the tax collector, or what Paul did for Timothy, and we know that…

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Denominational vexillology

Friday, July 1, 2016

Canada’s red and white flag with its stylized 11-point maple leaf is simple yet elegant. Like most flags, it derives meaning and power from its colours and symbols…

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Who’s in charge?

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Jesus and his friends are in a boat on the Sea of Galilee when suddenly a “furious squall” comes up. Waves break over the boat so that it’s…

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Where does God live?

Monday, February 29, 2016

The important places: I used to picture them somewhere far off, like a dream. There, nameless faces are wrapped up in a flurry of activity not unlike my…

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Ordinary Intimacies

Monday, November 30, 2015

“I don’t want one of God’s children begging a Coke,” my hostess told me as she gave me some Zimbabwean dollars. My husband and I were visiting in her home in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Though it happened more than 20 years ago, that small act of generosity still touches me.

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The nonviolent parent

Thursday, October 1, 2015

While setting up our tent in the sweltering heat of Osoyoos, B.C., my husband and I struggled to keep an eye on our two-year-old who was wrestling with…

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Go gentle into that good night

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The intricacies of science fiction movies tend to make my brain short-circuit. Interstellar was one such film for me. However, what caught my attention wasn’t the space stations…

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Discovering God’s plan A

Monday, June 1, 2015

This winter I spent some time stuck in the hospital. I’ve never been a fan of slowing down, but coming to a dead stop felt almost like torture….

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Generous from the inside out

Friday, May 1, 2015

Every few weeks, a friend in poverty helps me make dinner and eats with my family. She usually takes home the leftovers, but this time she forgot to…

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Sexual violence and the church

Sunday, March 1, 2015

 From self-gratification to self-giving  I was a fan of CBC radio’s flagship program “Q” just about from the beginning. With its arts, culture and entertainment content and smooth-talking interviewer,…

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Do as I do?

Saturday, January 31, 2015

“Do as I say, not as I do!” Ever heard that? I’ve said it as a parent in those moments when the type of behaviour I desire from…

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Creatures of holy habit

Thursday, January 1, 2015

“Don’t try to be like Jesus; train to be like Jesus,” pastor Richard Martens told the congregation at Glencairn MB Church one Sunday. His words resonated with me…

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The time of our life

Monday, December 1, 2014

Our days are full of time. Our days are chronological, even if not always logical. We wake up. We eat breakfast. We head to school, work or appointments….

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Judgmental attitude adjustment

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nostrils flared, I huffily organize my friend’s papers into envelopes. She’s been paralyzed by the mess for months. I can’t believe such a simple task keeps her from moving forward.

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