Now I've Seen Everything!

Monday, June 11, 2012 Written by

I’ve seen folks do some pretty silly things, even things that are downright inconsiderate.  To be truthful, I’m guilty of doing silly and inconsiderate things.  Just ask my wife.  But when I rounded the corner in our church parking lot to witness some guy putting oil in his car under the canopy to the entrance of our church, I couldn’t help but utter, “Now I’ve seen everything!”

I set myself up to be roundly criticized. You see, I do not use the self-serve lanes at a gas station. I do not use the self check out at the grocery store. I do not use the ATM at a bank to make deposits or payments. I only use the self-serve kiosk at the airport because some airlines demand that you use them. Some may say that I am counter-cultural, others might say that I am old-fashioned, some might think of me as pain in the rear.

God is Faithful

Thursday, May 24, 2012 Written by

Well, the Gala Week and Official Blessing of the new Cathedral is now a thing of the past. What an incredible celebration of our diocesan and local community! It was a true joy to see so many people from so many communities in our diocese gathered for prayer, praise, good food and true fraternity. We were blessed to have so many good natured folk who accepted leadership responsibilities and the result was that everything went off without any major glitches, save for the fact that on some evenings we were surprised by how many people attended.

I was lost on Saturday. 

My daughter Ava was going door to door selling cookies with her Sparks and Girl Guide companions.  My only task was to drop her off on Chotem Crescent.  From there, the girls would head out into the highways and bi-ways in teams to sell their wares from their overflowing wagons, which they pulled along behind them.



Thursday, March 22, 2012 Written by

Transition is a natural part of life.  Whether a young couple welcomes their first bundle of joy home or experienced parents say farewell as their first moves out of the house, transitions are attended by both joy and pain. 

As a parish team we experienced a huge transition this past December. 

Much Larger than Myself

Friday, March 16, 2012 Written by

I’ve had a couple of real exciting weeks here at work.  I love the feeling of being part of something much, much larger than myself.  (And I’m not referring to the size of our building!) 

Growing Pains

Friday, March 9, 2012 Written by

We will soon approach our third month in our new parish home. It has been an incredible journey and a wonderful experience. I don't think that I ever thought it would be as stressful and emotionally draining as it turned out to be. I quickly recognized that moving not only an office, but a whole church building and a home, was much more than my emotional self could handle.

Texting Through Lent

Friday, March 2, 2012 Written by

If you’re following the Lenten resource called ‘Texting Through Lent’, then you’ll know that today’s reflection is on Noah and the flood. I have to say, my perspective on this story has changed significantly ever since I watched Tim Hawkins (a Christian comedian) say a little something about it:

On Getting Old(er)...

Friday, March 2, 2012 Written by

So there used to be a time in my life that I could cherish being called "newly ordained." People would comment on how nice it was to have young priests. I liked that time of my life. After a few years of ministry and a move to become pastor of a number of parishes I no longer could be called "newly ordained" but was somewhat satisfied with the term "junior clergy." While not being newly ordained I was quite fine with the "junior" handle as I was still young (and much younger at heart) and not as seasoned as some of my colleagues.


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