Category Archives: love

Limited Love

There’s an old Hebrew story that goes like this: Father Abraham was sitting outside his tent one evening when he saw an old man, weary from age and journey, coming toward him. Abraham rushed out, greeted him, and then invited … Continue reading

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The Indiscriminate Parable

Once upon a time there was a man who was given a very important job by his father. “Love,” his father told him, “and do as you will.” The instructions were simple, perhaps too simple. The man thought for a … Continue reading

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I turned 47 this past weekend. I spent my entire birthday on two different retreats. I woke up on my birthday in a very old and very posh inn at St. Andrew’s by the Sea. We were ‘bumped’ from the … Continue reading

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Being Healthy

Last night my beautiful wife treated me to a ticket to hear Douglas Coupland read. Coupland is this year’s Massey Lectures presenter. Resolutely being himself he turned the typical 5 part lecture into a story, a book really, that is … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Confession, denial, douglas coupland, Friends, health, Life, love, perception, Reflective, Relationship, story, truth | 14 Comments

My Wife’s Reputation

About 10 years ago I was asked to speak to a group of people at a camp/retreat setting in Newfoundland. I was there with friends to make some new friends and tell stories about Jesus. I was speaking a few … Continue reading

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Follower: a 5th step

In my life I’ve experienced some holy moments. Someone called them “thin places” where the atmosphere between here and God seems so thin that you’re almost there. I’ve experienced “thin places” in the delivery room with all 3 of my … Continue reading

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Follower: a second step

Sometime during my Bible College days I went from follower to believer. I joined up with a system that taught me that believing the right thing was far more important than doing the right thing. People who did the right … Continue reading

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One of My Favourites

Here’s a song/video of Brian Houston from Belfast, N. Ireland. I had an invitation from my friend Paul to come over to their church in Belfast for a worship conference that he and Robin Mark were hosting at Paul’s church. … Continue reading

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Deserted Nest

We’re a house in transition these days. Nathan, our oldest, has just gotten engaged to the greatest girl in the world. He moved out and lives with some friends now but his engagement to Lindsay feels like not only the … Continue reading

Posted in children, empty nest, Family, getting old, Life, love, Meaning, parenting, Reflective, Relationship | 13 Comments

Speaking of Leadership

I thought I’d revise some old posts that I’ve written and talk positively about what I think leadership in the Church really is. The Church is one of those Sesame Street deals where “one of these things is not like … Continue reading

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