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As I looked over the web page of the Edmonton journal an article caught my eye entitled “Edmonton Hospitals provide drop offs for for unwanted newborns”. It would be an easy article to miss.  The general idea is that two hospitals in Edmonton, both Catholic run, are making space for babies to be dropped off, no questions asked.  It’s a safe place for a mom, unable to cope, to go and leave her baby safely and know it will be cared for.  Will it be used a lot – doubtful…

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The other day I posted part one where examine how we see ourselves and asked the question of whether we really see ourselves the way God sees us? In this follow up I want to ask the question of how we see each other?  If you want to summarize the point very simply – don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  But that would be overly simplistic.. you see part of the issue is you can’t judge a book by the cover if you never look at the bookshelf on…

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One of the things I’ve encountered the most in ministry is the challenge people face in how they see themselves.  I think if we’re all honest, the majority of us don’t always see ourselves in the most positive light.  I’m not talking about physical appearance (so no link to Dove sketches… sorry folks!) I’m talking about our overall self-perception and self-worth.   We often look inside ourselves and discover the darkness and brokenness that we want no one to know about.   As we look at that part of our…

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Can you imagine the story of the good samaritan, but instead of him stopping and helping he kept going? He just walked by… despite the need for help. The man would be dead in the ditch. That happened. Not in the story in scripture… but in real life… watch this video… The second last sign – “I have nobody. I need somebody.” It was reported this morning that Amanda Todd took her life. At some point I’ll post my view on what builds up to this – but for now…

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So this is a blog post a long time coming.  I’ve waited to write it until after we had child #4 lest anyone think I was begging for attention or seeking help.  It also comes after years of watching those around me have children and the same pattern emerging.  So disclaimer out of the way, we can get on with it. With each of my children, as my wife has been pregnant nad heading into labour I’ve had a consistent message shared with me – “You’re just the guy –…

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First things first – this is not about the disco group that is known for quirky costumes and singing YMCA.  Glad we got that cleared up :). Over the past few months a number of letters to editors,  events in communities and a recent comment by  a friend have had the phrase ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ percolating in my mind.   This is one of those comfort phrases I think we are supposed to say, but many never wrestle with.  The phrase itself has African roots –…

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I spent 32 years of my life living in Strathcona County.  I was born and raised in that community and have a great love for the people that make it up.  It is a community that often loses it’s college students to see them return when they are married, desiring the same community experience they had growing up for their own children.  In many ways it was no surprise that Strathcona County ranked high in the Canadian magazine’s annual “Best Places to Live” article.  In one  specific category Strathcona County…

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I’ve generally refrained from responding to articles and columns in the newspaper the past few years. Well it’s time to step out into this world again and respond to a newspaper column. In the middle of February 2012, The Sherwood Park News (My former hometown newspaper) had a column written by one of the staff called “Politics and social media don’t mix”. You can give it a read here. First I want to say the staff, including the columnist, are fantastic.  It is a great paper that strives to keep…

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I have only been in ministry full time for a decade – longer than some, but far less than many more.   One thing I’ve noticed is how faith has different themes that ‘trend’ in a way to keep our expression of faith relevant.   There are different ‘fads’ that we hold onto – almost all with strong legitimate scriptural basis.  I’ve seen strong focuses and campaigns that revolve around evangelism, spiritual practices, apologetics, and social justice. In many ways these campaigns raise awareness of key areas of our faith that we…

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Recently a friend and colleague asked a question on facebook – “Should Canada reopen the abortion debate?”.  I found myself hesitating on the question.  I want to be clear.  I do not agree with abortion and I believe it is wrong – especially when used as a form of birth control.  My hesitation on the the question was not with my ethical viewpoint but with how many have handled themselves in this discussion in the past, and how this issue has been handled since the ‘debate’ was closed.  So below…

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