How to Pray for the People You Love

To introduce our summer preaching series on Philippians, I called my sermon How to Pray for the People You Love, because that's what the apostle Paul does in the opening verses of his letter. Some years earlier, Paul had planted this church in the city of Philippi, and although his ministry had taken him elsewhere, … Continue reading How to Pray for the People You Love

On Being Silenced and How to Speak Up

Kathy Khang's new book begins with a powerful personal story of being silenced and speaking up. There had been some conflict brewing behind the scenes at a staff leadership conference, a conflict that included racial, gender, and cultural dynamics. When the situation was finally brought up on the last night of the gathering, Kathy felt … Continue reading On Being Silenced and How to Speak Up

Walk With Me: Learning to Love and Follow Jesus

While I love being busy and actively engaged with other people, I also love my moments of solitude and silence. So today I'm sharing a letter written by Jenny McGill about how all of us might steal away from whatever daily dramas we face and be refreshed. I had to smile at one of her … Continue reading Walk With Me: Learning to Love and Follow Jesus

Blessed Are You Who Live Intentionally Unsatisfied

When I first heard the title of Amy Simpson's latest book, I was immediately intrigued: Blessed Are the Unsatisfied: Finding Spiritual Freedom in an Imperfect World (InterVarsity Press, 2018). Of course, our world is imperfect. And who wouldn't want to find spiritual freedom? But how does that relate to being unsatisfied, and where is the blessing … Continue reading Blessed Are You Who Live Intentionally Unsatisfied

From Much-Afraid to Grace and Glory

Given the choice between reading a book that is new to me and one that I've read before, I would most likely choose the new one. After all there are so many books to read, and so little time! But I made an exception recently and re-read Hannah Hurnard's classic Hinds' Feet on High Places. The … Continue reading From Much-Afraid to Grace and Glory

Resources for Small Groups

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

You Reassure Me, Rescue Me Always

Ever since a friend shared his paraphrase of Psalm 23 using the letter L, I've been creating and collecting other versions using different letters of the alphabet. Today I'm adding Psalm 23 focused on the letters R and Q (with a bit of 'K'). That makes 9 versions so far out of the 26 letters … Continue reading You Reassure Me, Rescue Me Always

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