Final Frontiers

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A Frontier.

This year I turned sixty-one years old. I am very different than I was in my twenties and thirties. I have matured; I am a little more self-aware and I hope a little more kind and gracious. However, I recognize that God is still chipping away at some areas of … Read More

Fast Food Spirituality

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Hot dogs, french fries, and soda.

This past summer I spent a few days with our District Superintendents (DSs) in Quebec. During this time, one of the things I quickly became aware of was the way meals are presented and enjoyed. Food in Quebec is an experience. It is viewed as an opportunity to linger long … Read More

Outstretched Arms

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A man standing with his arms wide open facing a setting sun.

As I write this article, I want to be very sensitive to the reality we are facing in our society. I have a reputation of being a hugger, and it is true. Offering a caring embrace is one of the ways I express my love, value, and affirmation to those … Read More

I Spy

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A collage of different brochures.

The other day I was driving with my youngest grandchild in the car and she invited me to play a game of “I Spy.” The idea is to find something in your immediate surroundings and provide only the colour of the object to the other player. You say, “I spy … Read More

The Widows of Mosul

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A truck drives by on a road in Iraq, and the Iraq flag can be seen.

Salome* is a thirty-five-year-old Muslim widow with four children, living in Mosul, Iraq. One of her two boys is handicapped and both of her girls, one of them (4 months) and the other one (18 months) died of starvation. You can see the anguish in her face as she shares, … Read More

The Bride

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a bridge and groom walk down a set of stairs

The day was amazing! The wind swept lightly over a golden Alberta wheat field that was the backdrop to our youngest daughter’s wedding this past September. Friends and family from all over the world (literally) had gathered to celebrate this moment with Emily and Philip. I linked her arm in … Read More

We are Destined to Soar!

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A single person in a parachute gliding in over a sunset rolling hill scene.

A few months ago, a daring lifelong dream of mine became a breathtaking reality. I jumped out of an airplane at 3,000 meters in a tandem skydiving adventure! Within a few seconds, I accelerated to over 200 kilometers per hour; the force of the wind pushed violently against my body, … Read More

Healthy Agnosticism

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A few days ago, I sat by a grave marker that is now over 30 years old. The inscription is faded, but you can still make out the name, Daniel James Hearn. Our son was born very preterm at 28 weeks and only lived 30 hours. I remember holding him … Read More

Raise a Hallelujah

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It was a story that caused my heart to immediately feel overwhelmed. Agnes and I sat on the floor at the front of Chilliwack Alliance Church with a small family huddled around us. They had come for prayer. It was a crisis and they were desperate. Wendy, the mom, began … Read More