Monthly Archives: October 2010

The billy goat next door

Grandad had a small house he rented. I remember the bright red paint that gave off a certain sweet smell in the hot sun. I remember the screened-in porch, a barrier from the bugs that beat on the fabric, looking for … Continue reading

Posted in billy goat christians, Pride, stubbornness | 5 Comments

Zombies, a cautionary tale

We all have things in our past that we would rather forget. The ugly.The dirty.The shameful.The painful. Things we thought buried, sunken in the earth’s core. Rotting. Decaying. Forgotten. Then, like zombies rising from the dead, they come back at … Continue reading

Posted in Forgiveness, zombies and christians | 8 Comments

U-turns permitted. Here’s one story you need to read.

Image via Wikipedia This is not a post about sports. This is a story about redemption. This is  for every person who thinks there’s no hope. The Texas Rangers are going to the World Series to play the San Francisco … Continue reading

Posted in born-again, Christian, Josh Hamilton, Salvation, San Francisco Giants, testimony, Texas Rangers | 9 Comments

We don’t have a "right" to happiness, but a life well-lived will get us there

Today, Bonnie Gray over at Faith Barista  posed this    question for her ongoing blogging jam on faith: How does your faith connect to your happiness? I must confess that I have aversion to the term, “pursuit of happiness” and I bristle … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

What do we laugh at?

If you know me only by the words on this page, you might think I’m a somber man, writing these weighty tomes. Looking back at the hundreds of posts in this blog, I sometimes gasp at the tone. That’s one serious … Continue reading

Posted in Humour, Laughter. holy joy | 2 Comments

The four words I don’t want to hear — "I never knew you"

He spent the dawn’s early light walking, thinking, wondering.  He wondered why this particular message had to be so hard, so grievous. It had been months since he had stood behind a pulpit. Why couldn’t he have preached on something … Continue reading

Posted in church attendance, goats and sheep, Gordon Atkinson, i never knew you | 10 Comments

I don’t have time for what really counts

My life is filled with time management tools. I have a cell phone, a Blackberry, a watch and a computer that all help to remind me of the steady march of time. And wouldn’t you know it? I’m still late … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Why do we keep secrets?

If you don’t read Ann Voskamp’s a Holy Experience, you should. If you only have time to read one blog, then quit reading this one and read hers. I’m serious. This home-schooling mother of six and Canadian farmer’s wife taps into the … Continue reading

Posted in Frank Warren, Holy Experience, secrets | 6 Comments

Suffering from Shiny Object Syndrome?

I suffer from shiny object syndrome (SOS). I once fell down a flight of stairs because I was fidgeting with a tight buttonhole on my shirt and missed a step. And then there was the time I backed into a street … Continue reading

Posted in Four Spiritual Laws, Larry Norman, Religion and Spirituality, shiny objects | 8 Comments

Ready or Not, Here It Comes!

(I am honored to have the following featured at High Calling Blogs, found here.) It was impossible to ignore. The shrill siren blasted through the hallways and the strobe lights flashed in a dizzying display. The dreaded fire drill. Why … Continue reading

Posted in Air France Flight 358, discipline, preparation, Readiness, Toronto Pearson International Airport | 1 Comment