Category Archives: Faith in Real Life

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When Dirt isn’t Dirty

I was at a gathering a couple of weeks ago, and one of the folks facilitating chose dirt as a metaphor.  He rode that metaphor pretty hard as he reminded us repeatedly that we are dirty by nature and because dirty isn’t good we needed Jesus to make us clean.  Sometimes, when we ride a…
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Dealing with Grief through Christmas

Christmas can be stressful - the gift buying, the busy social schedule, financial pressures.  These aside, for many people the holidays seem to make the grief we feel with the loss of a loved one extra fresh.  This grief can certainly be a result of losing a family member or close friend to death, and it…
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Christmas: An Overcoming Light

Do not lose Hope.   Do not be afraid. Perhaps a bizarre way to begin a Christmas message but for many, it has been a season of pain and loss. Each of us has our own experiences of loss and are most certainly aware of people we know who are entering the Christmas season with…
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Potty Mouth Prayer

Is there a place for using a potty-mouth in prayer?  You know, profanity, swearing. In a moment of angst, and no other word will do, is it okay for followers of Jesus to let fly with the nasty four-letter words? Never? Maybe?  Depends on the word? As long as you conjugate them properly?  What’s your…
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Careless Words – Stop the Carnage

My 12-year-old tells us of how at school there is a practice of "burns".  Burns are insults intended (so they say) to be humorous.  They make a sharp comment, someone feels stupid, hurt or embarrassed and the other kids laugh saying 'You just got burned!"  And sometimes, after a scathing burn, they follow up with "just…
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Thorns of Life

I came across this story while listening to the audiobook version of The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer.  It struck me so profoundly I spent the next few kilometers repeating the stunned mantra of “oh wow... oh wow...”.   I was so moved that I wanted to retell in my own words to reduce the…
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Lessons From a Burnout

Earlier this year I went hiking with my family in Waterton Lakes National Park.  The park was ravaged by a forest fire in 2017,  reducing a lovely time red, majestic landscape to a scorched wasteland.  It was a devastating sight.  Heart-breaking.
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A Bridge or a Treadmill?

Okay, I admit it!  I like retro cartoons - cartoons from my youth.  I like the characters, the zany plots, the animation and the music.  I guess somewhere deep inside me is a 10-year-old boy whose happiest times were watching the likes of Bugs Bunny, the Flintstones, and Scooby Doo.  The other day I caught a…
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Games we play to Avoid Dealing with Emotional Pain

I’m a little Tea Pot... when I get all steamed -up hear me shout!  A familiar nursery rhyme but what an interesting allegory when we are talking about heart-wounds, stress and emotional pain.  Picture yourself as a tea-pot (or kettle). Add some water, some heat, and when water boils, steam (energy) is released through the…
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Raising Light

Krista Tippett in her book Becoming Wise was interviewing Rachel Naomi Remen.  Remen shared a story that her Grandfather used to tell her when she was a child.   This Jewish story is particularly lovely as it speaks to the value of  Tikkun olam, or translated, the restoration of the world. In my ear, it sounds so very…
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