Year: 2018

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A Rebellious Son

Jesus tells a story in Luke 15 about a father and his two sons. It’s a very typical family with its own set of drama and family upsets which climax when the younger son asks for his half of the family inheritance to run away and party. By saying this to the father, the younger …

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Searching for Patience

The summer seems to be flying by faster (and hotter) than ever. I don’t know about you, but I really feel like the missional themes for August, patience gentleness and grace, are exactly what I need to be reminded of right now! I find it’s the little things that start to pile up which make me impatient. …

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It Will Shine in Your Eyes

“Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you.” Nathaniel Hawthorne What makes you happy? Is it being healthy, wealthy and wise? What would make you happy?  Winning the lottery?  Going on a dream vacation?  Finding your special mate? In everyday conversation, we interchange the words happiness and joy; often …

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Messengers of Hope!

I have spent almost 60 years ‘hoping’ that the Maple Leafs would win another Stanley Cup – and I am not alone.  The players, coaches, managers and even owners have changed many times.  Each new team enters a new season promising hope in September and ripping it from our psyche every spring. My harshest and …

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Why Hope?

Why? Why Hope? I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. (Rudyard Kipling) CBC has an investigative television show called W5. It is based on the 5 questions that are asked in almost any investigation. The first four …

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The Anchor of Hope

In our world, it seems that our experience, from the highest to the lowest, the richest to the poorest, fittest to challenged, is determined by the bottom line. Everything has a cost and these costs must be constantly reduced to improve the bottom line. The budget is a constant concern. As governments cut services, there …

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A Time of Transition

Dear supporters of The Mission Matters emails, I’m writing to share an update as to where things stand with me. You’ll all likely know that my health took a significant decline over the holidays. I’ve been in a rehab hospital now since early February. The upside is that I’m ok. I’ve done a 3-hour cognitive …

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The Power of Love

There are few events that bring people together quite like a wedding does. Especially one of such magnitude as the royal wedding. It was virtually impossible to not see it on the news, hear about it on the radio, read about it across social media, and see the reruns of the wedding throughout the weekend. …

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Dignity for All

“Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” – Matthew 19:26, The Message Wouldn’t it be great if there were no poverty in Canada at all? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there …

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