Everything Happens For a Reason… Or Does It?

Dr. Kate Bowler wrote: A neighbor knocked on our door to tell my husband that everything happens for a reason. “I’d love to hear it,” my husband said. “Pardon?” she said, startled. “I’d love to hear the reason my wife is dying,” he said, in that sweet and sour way he has.

A Woman’s Place

As a young woman and mother I was careful to raise my son to be both nurturing and adventurous. He got dolls as well as trucks. He wore the rainbow of colours, not just ‘boys’ colours. His father shared equally in household chores and childcare. This was the late seventies; the woman’s movement had inspiredContinue reading “A Woman’s Place”

Call, Conversion, Community

I sat in my study at home yesterday and pictured myself as a parishioner, not necessarily at Stairs, and pondered what I might need to hear on a Sunday morning. As a preacher, I am conscious that most weeks, there are a variety of needs and desires on a Sunday morning, depending on circumstances, personalityContinue reading “Call, Conversion, Community”

Doubts & Beliefs

A newly discovered letter from Thomas to Mary Magdalene!

Love, Courage, Witness

I want you to think of moments that are awesome, and full of joy. When the presence of God was so apparent you could touch it and taste it and feel it… Perhaps the birth of a child or a grandchild… perhaps sharing a special moment with a soulmate… perhaps a walk in a favouriteContinue reading “Love, Courage, Witness”

Being a Neighbour: So Simple, So Hard

I belong to a Buy Nothing group on Facebook, my area is Eastern Passage, Shearwater and Cole Harbour and I can’t belong to a group that exists outside of my own neighbourhood. From the website: The Buy Nothing Project was founded in 2013 with the mission to build community by connecting people through hyperlocal gifting,Continue reading “Being a Neighbour: So Simple, So Hard”

Turning Point

Do you know if you are an introvert or an extravert? The primary different between those two types of people is where they get their energy. Extraverts get energy from being around people and feel drained by themselves. Introverts feel drained by being around people for too long and recharge by being alone. It hasContinue reading “Turning Point”

PIE and a Cup of Water

Has anyone been lonely, especially these last two years when we have been so socially isolated? Or lonely, feeling out of step with family and friends? Because you don’t have to be alone to feel lonely. . Loneliness has long been recognized as being bad for a person’s mental health, but research is now showingContinue reading “PIE and a Cup of Water”

Ordinary Days

In The Writing Life, Annie Dillard reminds us of something that is at once obvious and shocking: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

Christian Cliches, written and shared Jessie Crabtree

Intro to Scripture As a student minister, the final stage of the Field Education Experience that I’m doing here, is to hold a class or conversation group. So, for the past three weeks, a small group of us have been gathering online to do some reflection around some of our common Christian Cliches. You know,Continue reading “Christian Cliches, written and shared Jessie Crabtree”

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