Tips on Leading a Discipleship Course

These notes are tips from the Q&A portion of the most recent live stream by Pete Scazzero entitled How to Lead the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course. You, as a leader, must make your relationship with Jesus your first priority. Pause, go deep with Jesus – we cannot give what we do not possess. In a…

My Journey to Happiness

I wrote this a few weeks ago. I didn’t feel ready to share it then, but today, on Bell Let’s Talk day, it seems right. *** I am happy. I covered my chair: I have been really creative and crafty lately – motivated and able to complete projects. There were times in my life not too long…

Abide With Me

  Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide; When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day; Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away; Change and decay in all around I see—…

Star Wars isn’t a religion

  Rogue One was great. My critique – as I sat there, moved by the story and impressed with many great strides this movie made socially – was with how violent it was. It wasn’t gory, it wasn’t graphic, but a lot of people died (no Bothans).  It was a good ol’ fashioned glorious war…

Christian Marriage and a History of Bones

Notes. Some thoughts are mine, some are verbatim from Ephraim. Source: here. Our modern context: Marriage is about desire – we live together if we want to. We exist in a vacuum. Co-habitation is for feeling good and it’s for the “us” in the relationship only. Marriage being about desire is fairly distant from what Christian history…

Church Search

I’m on the hunt for a new church home. Here’s what I realized I really value in a church: Local. I don’t have to be able to walk, but it’d be so nice if I could. I really do believe we are called to live in and serve the local community and our literal neighbours. Having…

But about Paul…

Sharing this because women-in-the-Bible and women-in-leadership has come up a couple times on facebook recently. From an old edition of the “Morning Star”, the student paper/newsletter of Wycliffe College. Volume 30 Issue 20. Copied without permission. :P Can Women’s Ordination Be Affirmed in the Face of Even the Most Difficult Pauline Texts? By Glen Taylor  –  March 3,…

Sermon about Dogs

For the Blessing of the Animals service, October 6th, 2015. This prayer was given to me by a parishioner aptly named: Kitty. This day is celebrated because of a man named St. Francis of Assisi. I read a sermon of his online in which he preaches to the birds. His sermon is, literally, for the…

A Prayer for Safety in an Unsafe World

I find Anglican prayers helpful when I want to pray and hear wiser words than my own, when I want to silence my own restless mind and listen in on God’s prayers for me.* This prayer is a Compline service (old english word, related to the word “Complete”) that is prayed before going to bed, at the end…

Pro-Women; what it means to have hope for the dead

When I was in second or third year I was sitting in a seminar at Brock and we were talking about the history of oppression of women. I was frustrated with the way the conversation was going. I didn’t know why but I think in hindsight (10 years later) I know what bugged me. “Oppression”…

What I believe about Evolution

A rewriting of something someone else wrote… original stuffy British piece here. People make mistakes. Even church people. I’m about to tell you about a mistake the church made. Big new ideas can be scary, because they tend to shake things up and can make you feel like everything you thought you knew is now…

Apostles Creed Common English

(Just handed this in. An assignment in “translation”.) Write a “translation” or paraphrase of the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed into contemporary vernacular English. I believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born…