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The Wrestler

This painting by Jack Baumgartner portrays Jacob Wrestling the Angel from the book of Genesis. It’s a central metaphor for this blog – wrestling with life, health, urban issues, and even with God.

Hospital Days; My Dark Night of the Soul

Well it’s been quite the few days. To say the least. I’m in the hospital. I’ve been here since early Sunday morning.

Fleeing to the streets

Let’s imagine a 13 year old girl growing up in a small town or city somewhere in Canada. Our statistics say that one in four girls are abused in their own home by the age of 14.

Easter Prayer

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." 1 Peter 1:3

Holy Week Prayers-Good Friday

“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

Holy Week Prayers-Holy Thursday

Holy God, On this day we remember the gathering of your followers in the upper room. You once again humbled yourself.

Holy Week Prayers-Holy Wednesday

Holy God, On this day we remember the betrayal of your good friend Judas, We recognize how much that must have hurt you.

Holy Week Prayers-Holy Tuesday

Holy God, As we get closer and closer to Good Friday, It’s tempting to look the other way, and not pay attention to your suffering, not stay on the road with you to the cross.

Holy Week Prayers-Holy Monday

Holy God, We do not only want to walk with you in the good times, the times when the masses bow before you and yell “Holy, Holy, Holy’

Holy Week Prayers-Palm Sunday

Holy God, You are the King of Kings Yet demonstrated your humility by riding in to Jerusalem on a donkey

Lent, Joy and Pain

I’ve been in pain. Excruciating, agonizing, unbearable, severe, all encompassing, pain. It came on unexpectedly. I was sitting in my favorite space in the house, my place of comfort, just minding my own business and watching TV when all of a sudden my right shoulder started to hurt.

Loving God and neighbour (Christian Week March 3, 2016)

In my last (Christian Week) column I talked a lot about the differences between ‘charity’ and ‘justice.’ I then outlined many of the issues without spending a whole lot of time on solutions. So where do we start? I'm glad you asked.

Carry Me (article published in this month’s Salvationist magazine)

In Mark 2, there’s a story of a disabled man whose friends carry him to the house where Jesus is staying, believing Jesus can heal him. But when they get there, the house is so crowded they can’t even get in the door.

The Dreams of a Disabled Guy

I’ve been having dreams. Beautiful, scrumptious, delicious, erotic dreams. Dreams I don’t want to wake up from.

Welcome to My New Blog

Writing in blog format, where people have access to my stuff, is not only good therapy for me but also helps me flesh out my own thoughts on things as I go. Sometimes I have an idea kind of bouncing around in my head, and then when I go to write about it that idea becomes a bit more concrete for me. So basically, if you choose to read my writing on this blog, you’re essentially getting a glimpse into the formation of my thoughts. You’re getting a look at the inside of my head.

The Wrestler

This painting by Jack Baumgartner portrays Jacob Wrestling the Angel from the book of Genesis. It’s a central metaphor for this blog – wrestling with life, health, urban issues, and even with God.

Self-Control

It’s Shrove Tuesday, aka Pancake Day, aka Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday. It’s ironic to focus on ‘self-control’ on a day when we eat as many pancakes as we can possibly consume. What’s that about? Well first off, let me talk about Shrove Tuesday. This is the day before Lent begins; a day when we choose which things we will fast from or add to our lives during Lent.

Gentleness

“See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey” – Matthew 21:5 When Jesus entered Jerusalem for the last time, just a week before He was murdered, He was still very popular. The entire city stood still in anticipation of Him. Jesus could have entered triumphantly on a horse drawn chariot, accompanied by an army. He could have had His servants carry Him in. Yet again, He chose a very different approach than anyone would expect of a King.

Faithfulness

“Your love, Lord, reaches to the Heavens. Your faithfulness to the skies” - Psalm 36:5 Faithfulness to me is about covenant. It’s about making a commitment, a promise, and sticking to it. To be faithful means to be reliable, unwavering, and consistent. That’s hard to do. We’ve all failed in this. Yet God’s grace is big enough to forgive us for those times.