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!

The Hangover – Easter Saturday

Oh man... what did I do yesterday?  It seems like a terrible nightmare.  I am awake now - covered in sweat, trembling and a headache like I had drunk a gallon of wine last night.  I was caught up in something terrible. Something demonic - a mob.  How did this all go so sideways and…
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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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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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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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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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“God gives but doesn’t share”

This little saying was in my inbox the other morning.  It is a snippet from Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder,  the story about a person named Paul Farmer and his work in Haiti, Peru, Cuba and Russia. Farmer is a physician and medical anthropologist spending his career working to improve healthcare for some of the poorest…
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Hope from the Ashes

Andrea and I went hiking a few days ago in Waterton National Park.  It is a lovely treasure just a couple of hours' drive from home.   With COVID-19 restrictions being slowly lifted the park was being reopened on a limited basis so we took the opportunity to visit. We set out along a trail…
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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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The Both-And approach to Fear

It was a simple statement on my feed this morning.  They stated, “Faith and worry cannot co-exist.” With a sigh, I asked, “So then why is it that fear and faith co-exist all the time?" We have to do better than mere platitudes. Surely Christian spirituality is more robust in the crucible of real life.…
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One Saturday Morning

“Teacher, surely we are to be like the chunks of ice floating effortlessly with the current of the river.” The teacher smiled and said “ Indeed, and yet against the current the fish swims, the geese paddle and the river plant holds fast. Such is a life lived whole.” [a story from prayer and a…
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