Author: <span class="vcard">mike</span>

This morning I came downstairs around 7 am and looked outside. There, in front of my house, was someone sifting through my recycle bin that was waiting to be picked up and emptied. My first inclination was how could someone be stealing my recycling! It’s MY recycling! Then I watched. There were two people going house to house sifting through recycle bins looking for bottles and milk jugs – the things we pay deposits on. They had two large bags going. They were up early and working hard. They were…

Culture Faith

So houses have been on my mind a lot lately. We sold our house, looked at many houses in anticipation of buying a house, selected a house, and are now preparing to renovate the house. I’ve also been preaching about ‘building a house of faith’ as a metaphor for growing faith in our lives. Along with all this I’ve been in and out of many different homes over the past six months from condos to borrowing a room to airBnB’s, to a retreat space. Houses have been a part of…

Bible Reading Challenge

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 This verse is a favourite for many. It reads well, it sounds great, and it has deep truth in it. However I feel like one of the three doesn’t belong. I’ve heard many sermons on faith, and of course since God IS love we talk about that, especially since love is the greatest. Yet hope feels like the odd one out. Not something we talk about as much anymore. Sure…

Culture Faith Open-Mike.ca

In the movie “Hook ” Peter Pan is all grown up and doesn’t remember what life was like when he was younger. He can no longer fly or fight or even play games as he once did. Peter Pan had become *gasp* a lawyer! Why did this happen? How could he forget… I think the best explanation is that Peter Pan had lost his imagination. In the movie its Tootles who loses his marbles – but the biggest loss isn’t the marbles – the biggest loss is Peter’s lack of…

Culture Faith

One of the things that has been apparent to me is how our culture has shunned faith. Faith, once a trait of those strong in character is now seen by many as a weakness.  The concept of believing in something or someone we cannot fully know is foolish to many especially in a culture where we believe we have certain knowledge about so much else.  This issue isn’t just in the culture, but I believe exists in the church as well. The church often desires knowledge of things, and seeks…

Culture Faith

There’s a certain grace in new beginnings. I think sometimes we forget that is in fact what grace is for.   Grace is an opportunity to move on from the past and to make new choices, new decisions, and set life in a new direction.  The church spends much time speaking of grace, but I think we sometimes forget to discuss that grace is a participatory action.  A new beginning does not just happen, it in fact only happens if the person receiving grace chooses to act on it.    So I…

Bible Reading Challenge