Category Archives: Relationship


Despite everything I know and everything I’ve experienced, I am growing more and more aware that my default setting with God is still to think I can earn or lose his care for me and mine. When I slip into … Continue reading

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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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Thanks to Darrell for putting me on to this. You have to be recovering like me to really get the most out of this one… Seen these guys in your neighbourhood this season?

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The Intolerant Parable

Imagine we’re all at a party together. Good food, good drink, good music. We’re all just milling about and engaging in random conversations around the room. Eventually we’re all sitting or standing or leaning somewhere comfortable and the whole group … 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

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$200 Conversions

Here’s a quick clip from Pete Rollins. I think often we get to the front porch and stop there. We can feel the warmth of home, the security of proximity, the comfort of the porch light being on during our … Continue reading

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Image Consultants

For the last few days I’ve been thinking a lot about our views of God. I’ve been struck by the images that people have of what the Christian version of God is really like. I won’t presume to be like … Continue reading

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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 10th the song that never ends…

For me, getting married meant a series of meetings for pre-marital counselling. It was really valuable time that gave the Elusive and I a great start. We talked about things that “love” wanted us to gloss over and the sessions … Continue reading

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