The Tensions of Easter

By |2020-04-11T12:57:46-04:00April 12th, 2020|Blog, COVID19, Lent, Lent 2020|

Here we are at the end of Lent and Holy Week. And, I don’t know about you, but this has been a very strange season. Just as a reminder. Ash Wednesday was about 6 weeks ago was on February 26th. At that time,

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Sitting in the Middle

By |2020-04-06T14:52:57-04:00April 6th, 2020|Blog, COVID19, Lent, Lent 2020|

Has there been such a time as this, where the whole world is halted by an invisible force? School, businesses, sports events, entertainment and malls have all come to a close. There are so many fears, concerns and uncertainties. And yet the world has never been closer; globalization leads us into such a strange intimate

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In the Middle of it All

By |2020-03-25T22:55:43-04:00March 23rd, 2020|Canadian Culture, Lent, Lent 2020|

This isn't what I intended to write.  I had it all planned out—really, I did. I was going to write about Jean Vanier, the Canadian philosopher and Catholic layperson who founded L'Arche, an intentional community where adults with intellectual disabilities could live alongside those without disabilities. In his theory and his praxis, Vanier shaped disability

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Taking Up An Iconic Life 

By |2020-03-13T18:17:40-04:00March 16th, 2020|Blog, Lent, Lent 2020|

“Go ahead,” my friend Ernie said to me, “choose any one you would like.” I looked down into the plastic container that he held in front of me while admiring the many small wooden crosses he had crafted.

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Pancake Tuesday

By |2020-03-10T13:14:23-04:00March 9th, 2020|Blog, Lent, Lent 2020|

Lenten Fasting wasn’t a thing for me growing up. As a family, we did not observe the church calendar or engage in liturgical practice of any kind, apart from the occasional responsive reading found in the back of the hymnal at church. Oh, wait - that’s not true: we did have Pancake Tuesday

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I am too busy for Lent. And so I will take part in Lent.

By |2020-03-04T08:33:13-05:00March 2nd, 2020|Blog, Lent, Lent 2020|

The thought of adding something to my calendar heightens my anxiety.  Lately, I’ve actually been doing an okay job of saying “no” to additional things. But even then I’m still maxed out. Pastor, husband, father, volunteer, new puppy owner, physiotherapy appointments because of a 40-year-old body that sometimes gets angry at me for playing basketball:

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Dusty Life

By |2020-02-25T22:10:49-05:00February 26th, 2020|Blog, Lent, Lent 2020|

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. And in many traditions, Ash Wednesday is marked with a worship service where people come forward to receive the sign of the cross in ashes

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The First Move

By |2019-04-18T18:22:37-04:00April 21st, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

The point of the Lenten season is to prepare us spiritually for the events of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. These three days are the pinnacle of the Christian calendar. They point us each year to the God

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Always Maybe

By |2019-04-18T14:33:37-04:00April 20th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

God, it was awful.I don’t know if you were there, don’t know if you care or how you’d react if you were. As for me, let me just say it again to be clear: it’s nothing if not an awful, God-forsaken mess.

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A Letter to My People

By |2019-04-18T17:18:09-04:00April 18th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

I write this with tears because I’m so grieved. I’m heartbroken. I can’t fully explain it but it feels like there are a million pounds of pressure on my chest and I’m having a hard time breathing. The weight of your stubbornness is going to kill me but it’s going to destroy you.

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