To Sing is to Pray Twice

"To sing is to pray twice" is often attributed to St. Augustine, but just as I've seen different versions of the quote, I've also seen it variously attributed to Martin Luther and anonymous sources. Whoever said it first, and how ever we put it---"the one who sings prays twice," or "singing is praying twice," or … Continue reading To Sing is to Pray Twice

25 Self-care Ideas for the Soul: for students, ministry leaders, and everyone

I had been invited to lead a session on self-care for a group of ministry leaders, but my host repeatedly referred to it as a session on "soul-care." After all, the "soul" and "self" can both refer to our inner being, and in the Bible the same word may be translated as soul or inner … Continue reading 25 Self-care Ideas for the Soul: for students, ministry leaders, and everyone

Tread Boldly, Give Generously

I don't think I've ever sung or heard the song "Good King Wenceslas" in an Advent or Christmas worship service. After all, the song doesn't mention Advent or Christmas. It doesn't tell the story of Mary and Joseph, and there are no shepherds, angels, wise men, or star. There is no baby Jesus crying or … Continue reading Tread Boldly, Give Generously

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

The Master Musician and the Church

updated November 16, 2019 Since my husband and I both started a daily gratitude list, every day is a kind of Thanksgiving Day. And since the church often makes it onto my list, today I'm sharing some challenging words to and about the church from The Master Musician: Meditations on Jesus (InterVarsity Press, 2015) by John Michael Talbot. … Continue reading The Master Musician and the Church