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Vol 12 No. 3 The World After an Election

Dear friends, A lot of emotional energy and relational capital has been expended in the Canadian and American elections and in the perpetual political machinations of Europe.  We often find ourselves too tired, fed up, or simply apathetic to invest ourselves in the political process post election.  Just to talk about the Canadian election alone… […]

Vol 13 No. 2 Prayers and a Late Epiphany (a Lot of Them)

Dear friends, This last week was Epiphany.  That is important for a lot of reasons.  Let me name some. Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th and marks the visit of the Wise Men (Magi) to the Christ child. Epiphany was generally understood to be the end of Christmas for Western Christianity.  Because it is so […]

Vol 13 No. 1 Happy New Year

Dear friends, A miscellany today. First, a personal note on my own devotional cycle in a day…  Not because it is necessarily exemplary nor necessarily yours but I would love to hear any patterns that are present in this particular newsletter loop.  Please indicate in your response if I am able to share your experience.  […]

Vol 12 No. 52 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps 118:24)

Dear friends, Unlike 2016, I would like to begin this year with not only the day the Lord has made but that this will be the year that the Lord has made. I attended a church service last Sunday where the preacher suggested that 2016 was just about the worst year he could remember: Aleppo, […]

Vol 12 No. 51 Christmas Day. Merry Christmas. Christ is Born. Thinking of Home.

Dear friends, If the Easter greeting is: He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Then a Christmas greeting might well be: Christ is Born. Hallelujah, Amen! We’ll each find our own way of starting out the joy of this day.  Each Christmas morning Kerry and I gather with our children (if they be home): Jessica […]

Vol 12 No. 50 Fourth week of Advent: Peace

Dear friends, Isaiah 9:6 calls the coming Messiah the Prince of Peace among other things. In John 14 Jesus said, “My peace I give to you.” Prince of Peace, Amen!  Giver of Peace, Amen… Its personal… a gift to us for ourselves and others, yes! All this peace talk is pretty “rich” given the sadness, […]

Vol 12 No. 48 Second Week in Advent: Theme of Love or Remembrance

Dear friends, I am an unabashed fan of Christmas.  When I was age 2-8 years old in West Lane Baptist Church in Moncton, NB, Christmas was a church celebration of wonderful memories, family, and joy.  We were not wealthy and in the mind of a child actually quite poor.  I would go and visit my […]

Vol 12 No. 47 Advent and Other Good News: Theme of Hope

Dear friends, As we have shared before the first Sunday of Advent marks for many Christians the beginning of the New Year.  Jesus is our beginning and our end.  The preparation for his birth reminds us to take seriously the profound upheaval in the world that was created by his coming; an upheaval for the […]

Vol 12 No. 49 Third Week in Advent: Joy (and a little laughter)

Dear friends, Joy comes in many disguises.  Joy is found in the tears shed while singing a familiar song or being prompted by the Spirit and moved by anything that the Spirit wishes to ambush us with.  I have always been joyous as I have seen someone baptized or watched the new birth into relationship […]

Vol 12 No. 46 Banff and Beyond

Dear friends, Before we weigh in on the wonderful week that was our Banff Conference let’s deal with some of the backwash of the American election.  The big news from down south was not who won or lost but the discussion about what role faith played in it.  There are particular comments on the role […]