Ours is an age of anxiety; we idolize security, seeking to live ruling out risk or failure. Exhibit # 1,043: helicopter parents hovering protectively over their children's bubble-wrapped lives. Doesn't that seem a bad way to live? Jesus seemed to think so. I love Eugene Peterson's paraphrase of Jesus' parable of the talents, the master says… Continue reading The crime of living cautiously
A few weeks ago Pope Frances canonized two pontifical predecessors, Paul XXIII and John-Paul II. In my last post on Saints, I looked at the fairly chronic aversion to saints and yet explored the warm biblical use of the term and concept of saints. Ok, so what now? How then might saints function in the Christian… Continue reading Saints? for sure (part 2)
Getting ready for our move to a much smaller home in Toronto, our family is purging a whole mess of excess baggage we've been carting around for too long. Some of its easy to unload (really, did I need those forgettable grad caps and tassels?) but other treasures are hard to part with. For instance,… Continue reading My first (grade) gallery exhibition
After church on Sunday, I caught a bit of Michael Enright's The Sunday Edition on CBC. It was an encore presentation that included an extended piece on the resurgence of interest and acclaim in Emily Dickinson's poetry (you can listen to it here). Apparently, Emily Dickinson is having "a cultural moment." I listened with curiosity… Continue reading The discipline of verse
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I was born on this day. OK, not so long ago and not so far away - Sunday July 21 at 8:15 am. at the Humber Memorial Hospital in Toronto. A birth like most others, welcomed into this world with a frantic race through traffic… Continue reading On birthdays
Happy Canada Day there eh! A great day to celebrate a really good nation. So fine a country is Canada that if you're not a citizen of the Great White North or never lived here, you should want to be Canadian. Let me give you just a few things to love about Canada: Maple syrup… Continue reading You should want to be a Canadian!
Despite what you might think or have been told, creativity is the inheritance of all - even you. It's part of your constitution, made as you are in the likeness of God. Fashioned to be like him, it is human nature to make things, and what we make need not be tagged as art to… Continue reading 29 ways to be what you are