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Passing On the Good Stuff

Passing On the Good Stuff

  Today I officiated at a funeral for Iona, a woman who lived to be 95. From all I heard, she lived her life on her own terms, as a strong, independent, and caring woman, who helped her family and friends, and made significant contributions to her community. Iona was active in several service organizations […]

The Local News

The Local News

I was interviewed today, by Shelby Wye, who writes for The Harrow News, a great local paper that serves the town where I work as the United Church minister. When Shelby called to set our time to meet, I asked if we could do the interview after I finished lunch at the Harrow branch of […]

A home for things I write

A home for things I write

My first mystery novel, The Book of Answers, has made the short-list for The Unhanged Arthur Ellis, an award for unpublished crime fiction. The annual competition is sponsored by Dundurn Press and CrimeWriters of Canada. On May 23, at the banquet at Toronto’s Arts and Letters Club, I will learn which of the five authors […]

Even a million dollars would not buy God’s love- Teaching Time on Jesus Cleansing the Temple for January 21, 2018

Take a few minutes to listen to these three songs, all performed by great Canadian recording artists: I heard an interview on Thursday with some members of Bare Naked Ladies. The interviewer Tom Power, offered his own take on the million dollars song. He said despite its upbeat tune, and goofy lyrics about kraft dinner, […]

Saving the best for last: Jesus and Dr. King- teaching time for Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, January 14, 2018

This July, Lexie and I celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. (We each needed special permission to be married, since we were 12 years old at the time.) We were married at one of the churches where Lexie was the minister, in southern Manitoba. Lexie had friends and parishioners in at least 3 or 4 little […]

Jesus, Woody the Cowboy, and John Wesley- teaching time for January 7, 2018

Have you seen the old Pixar movie, “Toy Story 2”? Woody, the Cowboy, is toy-napped by a collector, who plans to sell him to a museum. The collector locked Woody into a room which contained other valuable toys. As soon as the collector left, Woody sprang into action, looking for a way to escape. Woody […]

Being Good News (for Dec. 31, 2017)

Every year Mrs. Cynthia Valleau, an 8th grade teacher at Hurricane Middle School in West Virginia puts up a Christmas tree in her classroom, and decorates it with angels. Each angel represents a child in need. Early this December, her homeroom class took an angel from the tree that represented a little girl who asked […]