All Hat and No Cattle!.
We’ve been on a journey lately. First we were on our way at our Threshold gathering. Then we were on to my mother’s 90th birthday celebration. I came to realize that we have received an enormous amount of hospitality along the way and had a number of adventures. Some adventures were very pleasant occasions and […]
I remember a time when I wanted to do great things for God. I had this image of me preaching eloquent and elegant sermons to throngs of people. I fed myself on a steady diet of the great preachers of history and longed to be like them. One of my preaching heroes was Stephen […]
I have decided that the next time someone asks me “What’s your sign?” I will reply “The sign of Jonah!” “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.” This was the text for our discussion at Up Town […]
Life is a journey. Sometimes it is a very arduous journey and filled with sorrow. Sunday night we chatted about a couple of people on just such a journey. Cleopas and his unnamed associate (Mrs. Cleopas?) were trudging home in bewilderment, grief and disappointment when unbeknownst to them Jesus was walking with them. In his […]
“Nothing could convince me to believe that!” This was one of the reactions I got lately as I shared about my faith. I was tempted to reply “Exactly!” because nothing is a very convincing proof. The followers went to the tomb and what did they see? Nothing!! The emptiness of that tomb is what my […]
Francis the Troubadour.
Last week I wrote about a talking donkey which started me reminiscing about the old “Francis the talking Mule” movies I used to watch as a kid, and then the new pope took the name Francis and I’ve been thinking a lot about St. Francis. I was formed in a very protestant world view. I […]
We were leading a mission in Windsor Ontario during the Anglican Church’s “Decade of Evangelism” (which instead turned out to be the decade of discussing sexuality). I spoke the first night and just before I stepped into the pulpit my good friend Bruce Smith, who is now Threshold’s Ambassador, came up to me with words […]
In the movie Brave Heart, Wallace rallies the troops for savage battle with the cry “Freedom!” This concept of freedom is at once a powerful motivator in human life and a destructive seductive force, pulling us away from the true freedom which God intends (and intended) for all of us. In this current season I […]