May Jesus Walk with You from One Creative Step to the Next

Late last night I returned from a fantastic few days connecting with people in Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC). My sincere thanks to everyone who so graciously hosted me and for the opportunity to share with you in so many ways both formally and more informally! The invitation I received to speak at the Spring … Continue reading May Jesus Walk with You from One Creative Step to the Next

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How to Inspire a Rather Large Amount of Gratitude

Last year I started a gratitude journal, so every evening I would reflect on five things that made me grateful and write them down. I tried to be specific and not repeat myself from one evening to the next, and I came to love the practice as a way of reviewing my day and giving … Continue reading How to Inspire a Rather Large Amount of Gratitude

Spiritual Renewal in Changing Times

When I signed my book contract with Abingdon Press, we agreed on a deadline of April 30, I arranged for a two-month study leave from pastoral ministry to help me finish my manuscript on time, and I determined not to accept any extra responsibilities at least until mid-May. Then I got Rick's email: would I … Continue reading Spiritual Renewal in Changing Times

For All of Its Sting in This Life, Death has Lost Its Power

Members of the Fort Assiniboine volunteer fire department planned to sit together at the celebration of life for Fred Bradley, who had faithfully served together with them for many years. But as Topland Community Hall filled to capacity, they gave up their seats and stood together at the back in honour of one of their own, … Continue reading For All of Its Sting in This Life, Death has Lost Its Power

Writing and Other Acts of Faith

Have you ever thought of writing as an act of faith? It takes faith: To have an idea and start putting it into words even before you understand all that it means; To keep on writing without knowing if any of it will ever make sense to anyone else; To spend hours alone at your desk … Continue reading Writing and Other Acts of Faith