What does God’s glory look like?

Sunday, January 1, 2017

God is holy. God is glorious. God is robed in splendour. All true. All hard for me to wrap my finite human mind around. And maybe that’s the…

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Not in vain

Thursday, September 1, 2016

On a rainy day some years ago when I was working as a youth pastor, I drove 30 minutes to a high school in a neighbouring city to meet a student for lunch. I parked out front and waited in the same spot we had met several times before. The lunch bell rang students and started to stream out of the school – everyone, it seemed, except for my appointment.

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Dying for Change

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

As we dig our teeth into Christmas baking, we are enjoying the fruit of fall’s harvest. Every September of my childhood on the farm, the combine hopper would fill with bushels upon bushels of grain.

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Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly

Thursday, October 1, 2015

“We will see you soon! Is your church ready to receive the team from North Langley Community Church? Do you need anything?” “¿Sería posible…?” The Skype connection between Vancouver and Mexico was lagging, but this hesitation was more than just a network glitch. Pastor Carlos clearly wished to say something, but seemed reluctant. “Is possible that you come antes, before?”

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Costly grace

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Jesus and his disciples are journeying toward the outlying villages of Caesarea Philippi. As they are making their way, Jesus questions the twelve.

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I’m going fishing

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

John 21   I love fishing. Some of my fondest fishing memories are with my dad, enjoying the tranquility on the river as we chat about life. Even if…

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Ready for the end

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Psalm 90:12 April 9, 2014, began like any other day for my 88-year-old mom on the farm where she’d moved when she married my dad in 1951. First,…

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God is love

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Unwrapping a not-so-simple statement 1 John 4:8–10 Being a pastor’s kid can be a horrific ordeal, but my experience was pretty positive. My memories are similar to those…

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Choosing God’s story

Thursday, November 27, 2014

There are many and varied traditions around the Sundays of Advent. The contemporary themes of hope, peace, joy and love are familiar…

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Celebrating Christ the King

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Ephesians 1:20–21  As I was growing up, I cherished my independence and couldn’t stand being told what to do. My parents, knowing I valued my liberty, showed great…

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Arguing in church? Just stop it!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Most pastors have received an email like the one I recently found in my inbox. Someone was looking for a new church. They had explored our website and even attended a few times. They were impressed, but….

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The cost of mercy

Monday, September 1, 2014

I want to be more like Jesus. But as I encounter Jesus through Scripture, I’m often convicted that I have a very long way to go….

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Gardeners and builders: Co-workers in God’s service

Friday, August 1, 2014

1 Corinthians 3:1–11 Growing up is important.  We don’t have much control over the physical process of maturing – our bodies grow and change and get older whether…

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Communion: Room for everyone

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

1 Corinthians 11:27–30 As I digested the words of 1 Corinthians 11:27–30, I felt a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I was aware of a…

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Time for cake: Celebrating new life in Jesus

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Colossians 2:12–15, 3:1–4   There was something about the Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meeting that immediately impressed me. My friend had invited me to attend because he would be…

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