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?
To clarify, I have said in past posts that change is inevitable. We all know it, we just all have to find ways to deal with it. Now that we have that out of the way, let's move on to what you wouldn't change. So what are some things that have occurred during this pandemic … Continue reading Top 5 things you won’t change
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?
I love Southern Comfort Zone by Brad Paisley. So much so, I made my kids listen to it repeatedly on a trip through the American south a few years back. They will never be the same, and they tell me so every time I bring it up. The song brings up a good reminder for … Continue reading What’s your southern comfort zone?
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
"Get rhythm, when you get the blues..." (Johnny Cash) I thought that might a nice way to start this week. Amidst the antsy discussions on social media, another distressing press conference on CNN, and the fact that it is snowing in the middle of April...again...it looks like we all could use a little Johnny Cash … Continue reading Get Rhythm!
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
The title is a little misleading. I don't believe in purgatory. But this isolation during the Covid-19 isolation may change my mind. For some of you it is Holy Week, the days leading up to Good Friday and then Easter. It is a week of reflection and consideration of the work of Christ. For others, … Continue reading Purpose in Purgatory? (Downloads…)
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