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‘Abba’ has you covered

I don’t know what kind of relationship you had with your dad. It may have been a good one, it may not. In varying degrees, all earthly dads come up short, but God our Father does not. He is always with us and forever for us. On the night that Jesus was anticipating becoming sin…

What is with the Mosaic Law?

As a kid I begrudgingly took piano lessons. My motivation was less than a turkey around Thanksgiving, but somehow I learned the basics of reading music. Sheet music is a great analogy for the purpose of the Mosaic Law. A musical score clearly indicates the notes required, if the tune is to be played rightly.…

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Who shrunk my calendar?

A recent Canadian poll reported that 90% of the respondents felt overwhelmed by the demands of their roll. Expectations, obligations and responsibilities created a bulging list of to-do’s that overran their calendars and stressed the fabric of their wellbeing. In his analysis of the hurried and harried, author Greg McKeown argues that their lives are…

New Identity Badge

When I visit someone in the hospital I have this identification badge that I wear that shows that I am “Clergy”. In our society there are various badges being worn. It might identify a person’s occupation, or politics, or ethnicity, or sexual orientation, or…well the list goes on. In a 1C letter to a group…

Finding your elemental waters

A swan is not the most becoming creature on land, but out on the water it is sleek and graceful. That is the place it is at home, that is the context for which it was designed. Discerning God’s unique call upon our lives, his vocational call,  is very much discovering one’s elemental waters. Where…

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Cheap Grace is really no deal at all

The post-Christmas sales are coming to an end. One thing you don’t want to pick up on the cheap is grace. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45), a German pastor, theologian and writer, defined cheap grace as the acceptance of the general idea of grace. One assents to the notion of grace, that God loves them, but this…

Leaving room for God’s Power

When the world talks about powerful people what is meant? Often those who exercise control, authority or influence over others is at the fore. That is the case with Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful People in 2016. People of might, moxie and money dominated the rankings. God’s power manifest in a person’s life is…

Resources for Celebrating Advent

Our celebration on God’s saving love, expressed in the advent of Jesus to earth, can become displaced by the busyness of the Christmas season. To help guard against this, we have collected together a few resources that individuals and families can use to reflect on the significance of Advent. Advent Bible Reading Schedule (Pdf file)…

Running the Gospel Relay

The official spoke a few quiet words to the Canadian 4x100m relay team. That is all it took to turn victorious smiles into knitted brows. The Canadian team’s race performance was under review by PanAm officials. At the end of that process the Canuck sprinters were disqualified because one of them had run outside of…

Growing Up in God’s Family

There was one door jamb wherever we lived that played a special role in the lives of our young kids. At key intervals they would stand with their back against it, a ruler was placed level on their head, and their height was recorded. All four of them were eager for their turn, all four…