Category: Family

Corn Mazes aren’t cheap… so here’s my version of a low cost family fun corn maze. 1) go to the store and buy a few bags of frozen corn kernels. Or if you desire warmer temperatures for your corn maze rather than the frigid fall temperatures buy popcorn kernels¬† ūüôā 2) Clear off your large kitchen table. 3) use the corn purchased to make a large maze on your table.¬† I suggest tasking the kids with making the maze.¬† It’ll keep them busy for quite a while! 4) voila –…

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The title of the book¬†Simplify caught my attention. ¬†Knowing Bill Hybels’ writing and speaking from previous experiences, I was curious to see what the practices are that he advocates to simplify life. I’ve often encountered in my own life, and in the lives of others, an ongoing sense that we’re just juggling life waiting for something to drop and life to fall apart. ¬†Being pulled in multiple directions we realize we’re not as flexible as we thought and are left wondering how can I simplify life to make it easier!…

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It always seems to me there is an endless supply of parenting books available.¬†¬† Being the father of four girls, Be the Dad She Needs You to Be grabbed my attention from the many other titles I know are available.¬†¬† In his book Dr. Kevin Leman¬† lays out his position on how important fathers are in the lives of daughters.¬†¬† The topics he discusses range from understanding birth order, how girls relate compared to guys, discipline ideas, to sexuality, right through the teenage years.¬† Dr. Leman reminds us that we…

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¬†My wife and I like playing games. I used to love specifically card games, and some of them have a trump card which outplays any other card.¬†¬†¬† That was what you wanted in your hand no matter what.¬† For me, the home is the trump card when it comes to recruiting and church programs.¬†¬† One of my goals in ministry is to enable, encourage, and support healthy faith in the home.¬† If your homes are healthy in their faith, the church will be healthy in faith. ¬† Faith in the…

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So ¬†next Friday is the second year anniversary of my starting in Prince Albert at First Baptist, I thought I’d share some things I’ve learned while living here… some in jest, but some serious. ¬†We’ll start with the serious. 1) Living in Sherwood Park my whole life I realized I never met an immigrant who wasn’t fluent in english. ¬†In fact as some guys from Turkey said to me – Sherwood Park’s all white… we said that was just the snow and they said ‘no’ It’s all white. ¬†There is…

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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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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 ‚Äėit takes a village to raise a child‚Äô 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 ‚Äď…

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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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs annual ‚ÄúBest Places to Live‚ÄĚ article. ¬†In one ¬†specific category Strathcona County…

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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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