Communication is Key

Looking Behind - Stories (1st Third) Communication is key. There is probably no relationship that will survive long without it. Unfortunately there are many adults who seem to take this particular skill for granted. Children, on the other hand, are always striving to become master communicators. Everything they do seems based on increasing their ability [...]

Life is an Experiment

Looking Back (1st Third) The world seems to have gotten just a tad more crazy than usual. People, generally, are reacting to events with fear rather than logic. Reminds me of how kids take tests. They cram preparing themselves for what might be, they play oblivious that a test is even coming or they balance [...]

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 [...]

Mixing Drinks

Mixing drinks is an art requiring both knowledge and skill. As a young man I was fascinated by the ability of bartenders to remember names, ingredients and put them all together to make an incredible experience. To me it was an art form. In fact I found it so fascinating I trained, was certified and [...]

A New Thing

How are you at trying a new thing? I know personally I am the worst at trying anything new. New things can include new foods, new places, new gadgets or even new ways of doing something. It is dangerous to try a new thing. So, why bother? Their are multiple reasons for trying something new. [...]

To Fast

“This is the kind of fast day I’m after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts. What I’m interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being [...]

Holy Cow Batman

Watching the Batman TV series, from the sixties, always amused me. There was something fascinating about the interactions between the various characters in the show. Specifically, the catch phrases used by Robin when interacting with Batman were key. They always started with “holy” and then added a word to complete the thought. In my head [...]

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 [...]

History or Fantasy

As a young boy I can remember the prison (New Westminster Penitentiary) that stood like a castle on the other side of the Fraser River. Often my family and I drove by it on our way to nearby places. To say the least this edifice always intrigued me. When I was in my early twenties [...]