A Story To Remember: A Celebration of Cliches, Crisis and Christmas

If I was to try and summarize my life story in a few sentences it might go something like this: I grew up in a home that valued faith and Christian tradition. I went to Church every Sunday, I attended Sunday School and Youth Group and Christian Private school, and eventually went on to graduateContinue reading “A Story To Remember: A Celebration of Cliches, Crisis and Christmas”

The Anticipation of Advent and the Act of Remembering

I heard it suggested that, between our experience of the here and now and the appropriate mix of fear and expectation that often shapes our consideration of the future, we find a human tendency to immortalize the present while neglecting our past. This is especially true in times of struggle or crisis, where personal failuresContinue reading “The Anticipation of Advent and the Act of Remembering”

Brigsby Bear And An Unexpected Story of Adoption

Brigsby Bear is the sort of film that (I think) benefits from viewing it without knowing much about the actual story going in. I say that to suggest you take the time to watch it before reading this post, as I will be dialoguing rather directly with the film itself. The film centres on Mooney’sContinue reading “Brigsby Bear And An Unexpected Story of Adoption”

Considering The Vanity of it All: Reflections on my journey through Ecclesiastes Chapter 12

The last time I remember spending quality time in the book of Ecclesiastes I was working as a Youth Pastor for a Lutheran Church. The funny thing is, when I was hired as Youth Pastor it was my first time stepping through the doors of a Lutheran Church. So I had a lot to learn,Continue reading “Considering The Vanity of it All: Reflections on my journey through Ecclesiastes Chapter 12”

A Man, A Barren Fig Tree, and A Vinedresser

This past Sunday my church walked through the parable of the barren fig tree in Luke 13:6-9, exploring what it means to be open to God’s tilling of the dirt and the muck of our lives as we say goodbye to summer and welcome the fall. Strangely enough this is actually the fourth time inContinue reading “A Man, A Barren Fig Tree, and A Vinedresser”

The Measure of a Saint: Debra Lee Moffatt

“Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” – Aurthur Schopenhauer. Our world recently lost one of its more saintly souls. Today I had the privilege of celebrating the life of this saint, Debbie Moffatt. And yes I know, there is little doubt in my mind that Debbie would resist thisContinue reading “The Measure of a Saint: Debra Lee Moffatt”

Angels, Humans and the Healing Power of a Melody

  A number of years ago I decided to embark on a study of angels in the Judeo-Christian (and surrounding) traditions. It was a fascinating and entertaining topic to explore, but the more I delved into the subject the more I started noticing a peculiar trend in the way angels were being described. To me,Continue reading “Angels, Humans and the Healing Power of a Melody”

Learning How To Pray Part 2: Learning to Forgive

“Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.” – Mark 11:25 I have written elsewhere about this passage (Mark 11) in its broader context (see my series of blogs on the Gospel of Mark). At the heart of the passageContinue reading “Learning How To Pray Part 2: Learning to Forgive”

Cars 3- Where Nostalgia Meets Story

Nostalgia is a tonic to the modern man, one which few can resist. – Josh Spiegel In the article The Pixar Perspective on Groundbreaking Nostalgia, Josh Spiegel argues that the success of Pixar appears to come from an unlikely place- nostalgia. Unlikely, he surmises, because, “… it’s baffling that a company associated with breaking newContinue reading “Cars 3- Where Nostalgia Meets Story”

The Sin of Envy- The Human Condition and the Spirit’s Reform

Over these past few weeks, I have been giving some time to the topic of envy. And as I was doing this I found my mind wandering back to my years as a youth pastor. Those years certainly included a lot of different games and, of course, a lot of great memories and relationships. ButContinue reading “The Sin of Envy- The Human Condition and the Spirit’s Reform”