As part of the last Fraser Valley Christian Writers event, Mel Sawatzky came to the mike to read his Psalm 23 in El. At first I thought he might have invented a new language--like the Klingon language of Star Trek or the Elven language of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. But what Mel had done instead was … Continue reading How to Meditate on Psalm 23 and Have Fun At the Same Time
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
I've written before about Free Books from Logos Bible Software, and how you can get started with a free account. Now there's also a monthly subscription option with your first month free. For the last while I've been dipping into the Logos Bible Software eight-volume series Art for Faith's Sake. Like other Logos resources, this is … Continue reading Enriching Art and Faith with Logos Bible Software
When I first accepted my congregation's call to pastoral ministry, a friend from another church said, "I don't know whether to say congratulations or condolences." He was familiar with the stress that can come with any ministry and knew that my congregation's previous pastor had a difficult leave-taking. "I'm worried for you," he said. He … Continue reading My 22 best practices in 22 years of pastoral ministry
One year as part of our Lent and Easter celebrations, my congregation planned an art-focused Stations of the Cross. We distributed the titles and Scripture texts for the final events of Jesus' life from Station 1 Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane all the way to Station 15 Christ's Resurrection. We invited children, youth, and … Continue reading Stations of the Cross for Every Day
In this post, I look back at my month of Making Manifest, and share a few lines of poetry, keeping in mind as writer and poet Dave Harrity writes, "Don't be shy -- everyone is on an even playing field. What you've just written is probably malformed junk, but you never know what might come from it."
A reflection on working through Dave Harrity's Making Manifest: On Faith, Creativity, and the Kingdom at Hand. Discovering the poetry in prose, and my life as poem.
It's not like I need another thing to do. In fact, I should probably be developing my I-don't-do list. But when friend Sandra Heska King issued an invitation to her Making Manifest group, I was intrigued.