Opportunities to Serve Others

1. Support Our Vulnerable Populations If possible donate to charities. Meals, food hampers and safe spaces are desperately needed by those most vulnerable to COVID-19. “Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy.” Proverbs‬ [...]

Discipleship=Apprenticeship Only Different

It’s a dirty job but somebody has to do it. This idiom reminds me of the TV show “Dirty Jobs” starring Mike Rowe. I would watch Mike on TV take on some of the nastiest jobs possible. It could be anything from cleaning a sewage tank to getting rid of birds from a high tech [...]

Adventure is an Attitude

Ever notice how life tends to hit us with problems most often at very inconvenient times? Probably a rhetorical question right? We have bills to pay, jobs or possibly no job, house work, health issues just to name a few challenges we face. So, what makes life so worthwhile? Perspective can make life worthwhile. One [...]

Church Metaphors (Family/Households of Faith)

Metaphors are an interesting element of language. They provide a way for us to say something with a word image. A word picture often expresses meaning better than just words. Some of my favourite English metaphors include: ground zero, fork in the road, jump the gun, fit as a fiddle, put a sock in it, [...]

Whatever’s Inside

An Analogy “You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and bumps into you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee? “Well because someone bumped into me, of course!” Wrong answer. You spilled the coffee because there was _coffee_ in your cup. Had [...]

Walls or Well

Ever notice how much fun kids have with an empty box? The walls of the box provide a separation from the real world. Inside the box one can imagine anything. The imaginary world that is created exists within the safe confines of the box. Within this space a child’s imagination can grow. Even cats and [...]

Why Question?

Kids are amazing. They question everything. Why is the sky blue? Where does Grandma live? Who is that person? What does that machine do? When are we going to eat? Frequently there questions catch adults off guard. There are also times adults are not quite sure how to answer without risking being bombarded with a [...]

Quester

Have you ever gone on a scavenger hunt? If not, it involves being given a list of items to find. Sometimes the list is in the form of riddles to be solved. Each person or group is to search for everything on their list and the first to find all their items wins. During my [...]

Advent: Preparation

Have you ever considered yourself part of a multifaceted story?  Jesus’ story is not only multifaceted it is inclusive. It is exciting to realize we all play a part in God’s continuing tale. It is also daunting to know we are active participants in His story. So, as active participants we get a choice in [...]

Round Peg Square Hole

Mixed messages abound in our world. It is okay to be different but don’t be different from the rest of us. It is encouraged to be creative but not in a way that is out of the norm. It is okay to have your own moral standard as long it does not conflict with that [...]