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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.

Hope. And the Mighty Doughnut

Well it turns out that Friday June 3 was ‘National Doughnut Day’! Who knew?

The Value of Having a Spiritual Director

The legendary Henri Nouwen once wrote that there are 3 things necessary for closeness to God; 1. Contemplative reading of scripture. 2. Prayer. 3. A spiritual guide

I Feel a Rant Coming On

I’m kind of all riled up today. I just heard that my good friend Alain in Montreal who for many years has been running a drop-in for folks on the streets out of a downtown church, is looking for a new location in order to run his program.

Major Ups + Major Downs = Life

It has been an up and down few weeks. Major ‘ups’ actually. And major ‘downs’. I guess that seems to be the kind of life that’s been handed to me.

Dignity & Respect

May is dignity month in The Salvation Army world. Once again, we at Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports (THHS) will be doing our part by making our missional focus for the month ‘dignity and respect’.

A Precious Stone

I went back to work on Monday after 2 rough health weeks. I didn’t feel strong. I was anxious that I’d not get through the day. I was afraid to discover what my ‘new normal’ might be after this bout of illness.

2nd Health Update

Well it’s been quite a couple of weeks. Most of you know I spent the bulk of last week in the hospital due to a virus that literally knocked me off my feet. That was a brutal few days.

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.