All this juice and joy

Spring finally showed up in Toronto.  And along with it, the cherry blossoms in High Park, a week-long canopy of blossoms.  The park was packed with people guzzling in Spring, creation's bacchanalia of juice and joy. Spring - Gerard Manley Hopkins Nothing is so beautiful as Spring – When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely… Continue reading All this juice and joy

Would’ve been a fine ending to Lent

Missed it by that much. Notice came out last night that Mumford and Sons are playing one of their surprise club shows tonight in Toronto - a small venue called Lee's Palace.  Tickets went on sale for the show this morning - it was a long shot (and should be such an amazing show tonight)… Continue reading Would’ve been a fine ending to Lent

We are N

That's no happy face there - it's the current yellow badge, or Judenstern, of Iraq.  The N', or ن in Arabic, is the symbol used by the Islamic State (ISIS) to identify who is a Nazarene - a Christian. It has been drawn on doorways and painted on house-fronts in captured Iraqi cities, allowing ISIS militia to… Continue reading We are N

The crime of living cautiously

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