Category Archives: Featured

COVID, Church Services and the Good News of Jesus

A pastor of a church just outside of Edmonton Alberta has been arrested and charged with violating the COVID-19 Provincial Health Orders that among other things limit the size of indoor gatherings to 15% of the maximum fire code capacity.Health officials and RCMP had met with the pastor on several occasions in an attempt to…
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Head to the Heart – Prayers, Poems & Other Stuff

“You must descend from your head into your heart. At present, your thoughts of God are in your head.  And God himself is, as it were, outside you, and so your prayer and other spiritual exercises remain exterior.  Whilst you are still in your head, thoughts will not easily be subdued but will always be whirling about, like snow in winter or clouds…
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Not about the Tool

Many religious expressions come from a deep and rich tradition, and with that comes an assortment of books, songs, sacred space and practices.  These are tools or, if you will, a means to connect with God.  I am all for these things to the extent that they continue to connect folks to a meaningful experience…
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The Both and of Knowing God

There are a couple of ways that we can know. We can know in an epistemological sense and an experiential heart sense. Our western culture has been significantly shaped by Greek philosophical thinking. It forms a lens that shapes the way we see and engage reality. Epistemology is basically the way we can know about…
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Opening Your Heart

One of the challenges in my personal life has been opening my heart. An open heart is an open posture to the flow of love, life, beauty, hope, deeper relationships, new possibilities, healing, and a movement towards a greater wholeness. This is not easy for me for a variety of reasons. If I were honest,…
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A Very Good Place to Start

I was watching TV the other night and lo' and behold one of my favourite movies was on.   I have enjoyed the Sound of Music since I was a kid.  The music is wonderful and Julie Andrews as Maria is a delight.  One of my many favourite songs from the musical is "Do-Re-Mi."  It…
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Mend My Heart – Visio Divina

What is Visio Divina Visio Divina or 'Sacred Seeing' is an ancient form of Christian contemplative prayer and is a method of listening for the Spirit.  Using sacred images (Visio) of sacred images landscape, art, nature scenes) opening our hearts and imaginations to what the Spirit may be saying to us. _________________________________________ Context Kintsugi is a 400-year…
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Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories have been around for a long, long time. They are not a new phenomenon and seem to reach fevered pitch during times of social upheaval and uncertainty. Whatever permeation or how they're presented,  the common premise of the conspiracy theory is that a shadowy group of elite and powerful people are withholding or…
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Healthy Community is where we learn to be Community

The old joke says ‘Church would be awesome if it weren’t for the people’ and amidst a hearty chuckle, we sense a twinge of truth. Community is made of up human beings just like you and me - doing the best we can with what we have.  They are places where imperfect people, those of…
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Seeing through Jesus

Hey Mike,  We know, according to scripture, God chose the Israelites as his people. Joined together under a covenant. There were several other tribes or nations on the earth and they must have had their own creation stories and modes of worship so was God not with them? It wouldn’t be Yahweh, but it would…
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