In the time of Jesus, many people would go to the pool of Bethesda in search of healing. One day Jesus met a man there who was unable to walk. He may not have had a life-threatening illness, but it was certainly a life-altering condition, for it had rendered him unable to walk for thirty-eight … Continue reading How to Pray for People Experiencing Life-Threatening Illness
As my conviction grew to complete my pastoral ministry with my congregation, my questions grew too. While I felt more and more certain of the Spirit's leading to shift from my pastoral ministry to focus on my writing, I wasn't at all sure how that would work. As members, would my husband and I continue … Continue reading Who Would Be My People?
"We discovered your blog post that includes a range of prayers related to mental illness. Is there one of these that you would see as particularly appropriate for a hymnal and worship book? If not, would you be open to selecting or writing something else? Although space limits us to one short prayer on this subject, we hope that it can serve as … Continue reading If We Want to Love Well, We Must Love Long
I'm always looking to increase my engagement with readers both in real life and on-line. So for this year I re-designed this blog and created my first e-book as a subscriber bonus. More recently I returned to posting a new article each week instead of alternate weeks. But do these things truly engage and add … Continue reading I Value Your Feedback
I paid a visit to one of our church seniors who has not been able to participate in worship as she once did. Yet while she feels physically weak in some ways, her spirit remains as strong as ever, for when I asked, "How are you?" she said, "I'm so grateful that I hardly know … Continue reading Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal
One of my friends lives in another town about an hour’s drive away, and at least once a year, she makes the trek out on a Sunday morning to hear me preach. After worship, we usually have a long, leisurely lunch followed by a not-so-leisurely walk in a nearby park so we can burn off … Continue reading Self-Care, Friendship, and Chocolate Cheesecake
Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength officially launches into the world this week, and you're invited to help me celebrate at House of James, 2743 Emerson Street, Abbotsford, B.C., on Saturday, September 8 at 7:00pm. Come for special music, a sample reading from the book, author Q & A, book signing, and enter … Continue reading You’re Invited: Ready, Set, Launch!!
As our small groups wind down for summer, some look forward to well-deserved rest, some plan to serve as hosts for our summer coffee times or meet informally for a mid-summer picnic, some are deciding now what they might study together come fall. If you're interested in a topical study, I can happily recommend the … Continue reading Resources for Small Groups