3 questions for the road ahead

As I write this I feel the warm embrace of the sun outside my kitchen window, and I feel a sense of calm. It still amazes me how responsive we are to our surroundings, whether it be reactions from friends, a completed agenda, or just a good cup of coffee in the midst of the … Continue reading 3 questions for the road ahead

Broken pots holding light

This past week was a tough one. With the discovery of the bodies of the children in an unmarked mass grave at a former residential school in Kamloops, to the Muslim family targeted by a driver in London, Ontario, we have felt a lot of pain in Canada. And there are plenty of stories in … Continue reading Broken pots holding light

Is your work worth doing?

Teddy Roosevelt seems to be the most quotable president the US has ever had. And that may hold true for general leadership quotes in all fields. He came into leadership at a pivotal time in American history and set the stage for other leaders to follow, which is why people quote him so often and … Continue reading Is your work worth doing?

You are too busy

"So how's it going" "Busy!" Have you used that line before? I know I have. I so grew to hate that line as a state of being. It does not make sense, and it is not a statement of who you are right now. You will not have it on your headstone, so stop using … Continue reading You are too busy

Happy graduation! Now keep going…

Yes, that tweet is relevant to the title of this post. I celebrated 2 different graduations this week, for 2 sons at 2 different places in life. They were emotional, celebratory, and marked both an end and a beginning. High school graduation is one of our few rites of passage left in society. So we … Continue reading Happy graduation! Now keep going…

French toast and fresh starts

"And each year, around this time, we need to remind ourselves that as one door closes we have the ability to find other doors that open." (Shankar Vedantam, Hidden Brain, "Loss and Renewal") So the new year has begun, and you have a new list of challenges and wishes before you. Or do you? Of … Continue reading French toast and fresh starts

The book is on sale!

It is true! In honour of my revamping the 7431 book for group use, I am offering the original at a reduced price for all you late comers. $2 Just click the link above or below, hit the PayPal button on the book site, and pay less money for the download! It is really that … Continue reading The book is on sale!

Cracked Pots #WorldMentalHealthDay

As this day comes to a close I am reminded of my present state of sanity. I am also reminded several times through life experience and through my knowledge of the Bible just how fragile we are as humans. We are created 'good', are amazing and intricate in design, have been blessed with amazing resiliency … Continue reading Cracked Pots #WorldMentalHealthDay

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Decisions, decisions, decisions…how many have you made already this week? I had to get a new smartphone a few days ago, and it got me thinking about all the decisions we make. Even a decision like that one can get you stuck if you are not careful. If someone would follow us around and track … Continue reading Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Is work a calling?

Is your job a calling or just a job? Have a listen to this episode of "Hidden Brain", then read on: You 2.0: Dream Jobs As a pastor, we used the term all the time, but normally in faith and ministry terms. But what if you thought of your work as a calling? Would it … Continue reading Is work a calling?

How much do you hate?

"I really hate ______________________________!" (Fill in the blank for yourself, and then continue reading.) I had a great conversation with one of my sons recently on the topic of hate. Hate is one of those words of great meaning that has become commonplace and overused. It is not a bad idea to review the words … Continue reading How much do you hate?

Do you schedule time to rest?

"When's your day off?" In my experience, this is a common conversation with pastors. Other leaders experience it as well, but the self-managed world of most pastors makes it unique in their setting. Depending on who you were talking to, the question could be packed with meaning. Many pastors are on call throughout the week, … Continue reading Do you schedule time to rest?