Category Archives: Faith in Real Life

Where the rubber meets the road! Practical faith in everyday life. Learn to live your faith with peace, joy and authenticity in practical ways. Discover what gives you life, your strengths and how can you learn to leverage those strengths for living life well!

Small things with Great Love

It was one of the hottest days of the dry season. No rain in more than a month, the crops were dying, and the cows had stopped giving milk. The creeks and streams were long gone and this dry season would bankrupt several farmers before it was through. One day while I was in the kitchen…
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Does Self-awareness make us Prideful?

How we respond to God and others is greatly impacted by how we see ourselves.  Often folks misunderstand the idea of self-awareness.  They mistakenly believe self-awareness to be self-centred, selfish and arrogant.  Healthy self-awareness is something quite different.I remember the first time I heard the concept of self-awareness.  From my fundi-evangelical worldview, it brought up…
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Knowing: Reason and Wonder

"The stirring in our hearts when watching the star studded sky is something no language can declare.  What smites us with unquenchable amazement is not that which we can grasp  and are able to convey but that which lies within our reach but beyond our grasp - the ineffable."* I remember first hearing about the…
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Help Stop the Spread of the Email Insanity

Some days I want to declare email bankruptcy! I was recently swallowed up by a series of epic emails as a part of a conversation regarding a Board I serve on.  It was a 5 way conversation with everyone "reply all"ing and it was pure cyber mayhem!   We have since reformed our email etiquette…
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When a Sparrow Falls – An Allegory of Failure & Hope

Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. Mt 10:29 Once upon a time a Momma bird hatched new baby sparrows. One sparrow was bigger and stronger than the other sparrows of the nest. With time, he grew faster, grew grander than his nest…
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Ding, Dong the Witch is Dead?

[This piece is dated for sure but the ideas within it are still valid.  As we wrestle with Jesus' words to love our enemies and His Gospel of non-violence, we need to sit in the midst of seeming caldron of conflicting emotions and twisted ideas of justice and allow Holy Spirit to speak to us.]…
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Faith of the Everyday

  Once upon a time, there were two carpenters; framers to be precise. Each day they would arrive at the building site to pound nails, erect walls. The first, a glum man, was asked what he was doing. “I hammer nails,” he replied, looking sour. “Every day, hammer nails and more nails. Day in, day…
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Compassion: Genius in the Art of Living

The term "compassion" often evokes visions of pity or an infomercial showing impoverished children around the world.  It seems the fullness of compassion in real, everyday life is often overshadowed by the noise of cultural greed and violence.  Recent world events like the Japanese earthquake / tsunami and the resulting outpouring of support and prayers…
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Personal Experience Matters in the Long Run

A modern parable: Filbert was a dog who lived in a small prairie town.   He was a good and happy dog who had a good family that treated him very well.  One day he was rolling in the grass when out of the corner of his eye he saw the biggest rabbit he had ever…
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What Forgiveness can mean to You

It's been well over a decade since the tragic shooting of Jason Lang in his high school in Taber, Alberta Canada.  Jason's father, Dale, has given a talk like this one to groups throughout Canada with numbers exceeding 150, 000 people from school assemblies, to teachers conventions, anti-bullying and Justice conferences, government events and many…
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