Well, it is that time of year again. Pruning the perennials before the snow flies. Not everyone enjoys this part of owning a yard, but they sure love the effects. What are the effects? Proper use of the plants resources, meaning not trying to revive the dead branches, bearing less fruit, and remaining small in … Continue reading Fear, creativity, polarization, and pruning
That title is a fancy way of saying: Be resilient. Be flexible. Be adaptive. Learn and grow. As Covid-19 swept through and changed the way we do everything on earth, I began to think of stories of people who innovated and changed, especially in times of crises: "Duff's Ditch" - If you are from anywhere … Continue reading Innovative Success in Crisis
Well folks, I just signed a contract extension with the church I had been leading through transition. I wasn't planning on it at the beginning, but I think God had a different plan. It is not forever, as it is an interim role, but it we both felt we needed it. I get to continue … Continue reading New contract and knowing how long to stay
Quick to listen. Slow to speak. Slow to anger. Those are the key words from one of my favourite Bible verses. James talks about not showing favoritism, doing right, and controlling your reactions. Those words speak to me everyday; especially when things seem out of control. Control is elusive. When we do not have it, … Continue reading Learning to Listen
This book has literally been staring me down for the past 3 years. Given the current set of circumstances, it felt like a good time to crack it open. I am also preparing to preach for Trinity Sunday. It's the week after all of the Easter stuff is done, and we talked about the amazing … Continue reading The Audacity of Hope
Just so you know, I am not a health expert, and I can't give you an official recommendation on what you choose to do during a pandemic. But, I will offer an opinion or two... Everyone wants things to go back to normal. Even if normal was broken. But we all tend to get nostalgic … Continue reading Should we open the doors?
There are plenty of great ideas and thoughts out there for how you should, or should have, responded to the Covid-19 crisis. No matter how great we are, we probably could have done better. But that's the thing with crisis. You don't get the privilege of planning ahead for it. So what is your metric … Continue reading How was your pandemic response?
Crisis always changes us. Not necessarily in a traumatic way, but in the sense of disruption. We grow in crisis. Kids become teens, teens become adults, adults grow grey. Each crisis moves us. Nostalgic dreams kill us. Trying to live the past stops your growth, and hinders how you adapt. Not only are you stagnant, … Continue reading You will never be the same
So what image do you consider on Maundy Thursday? There are many different practices and household connections made on the day before Good Friday, and each person reflects in their own way as they enter the Easter weekend. Traditionally this is the time where we reflect on Christ displaying His love for His people as a Servant-King, … Continue reading Leadership on Maundy Thursday
A few prominent images presented themselves this past week: ...A prominent psychologist on a popular podcast discussing neighbouring and being in close proximity. Gives advice on it, and then shares how she walked away from dinner with a friend, and no longer called her a friend, because they disagreed on politics. ...The English prince and … Continue reading Harmony within distance
"That's what you do in a herd." That, of course, is the famous line from Diego the sabre-toothed tiger in the classic movie Ice Age. Diego, after travelling with Manny the mammoth and Sid the sloth throughout the story, becomes protective of his former prey. He becomes part of their herd and risks his life … Continue reading Faith in Isolation
What does peace look like to you? If we observe the way the news and social media are treating our current global outbreak we might think it is hidden somewhere in the midst of more information. Checking my news apps has become a habit to the point of giving me a sore thumb. There are … Continue reading Peace in Pandemics