Faith that Works through a Grace-Filled Voice

The third chapter of James is filled with wisdom about how we use our tongues.    Much of it reminds me of a story about a Gossip who goes to the local Rabbi about the problem: “I’m so sorry for the many times I’ve spoken badly about people and I want to change my ways.  What can I do?”  The Rabbi responded, “Take... Read More


Faith That Works Through Good Deeds

The second chapter of the New Testament letter of James, most well-known for the theme of ‘faith without works is dead” (verses 14, 17, 20) begins with an interesting scenario: “if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you... Read More


Faith that Works, Through Trials

“I didn’t go to religion to make me happy.  I always knew a bottle of Port would do that.   If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”    So writes C. S. Lewis, the children’s author of fantasy stories in a book of essays, God in the Dock.    Add to this,... Read More


Doors Open (2)

I’ve been a certified and active hockey referee for just over three years, officiating kid’s hockey, men’s and women’s leagues. One of my favorite leagues before moving from the Hamilton area was an adult co-ed beginner’s league, appropriately named the Genesis Hockey League. Though the pace is obviously slower,... Read More

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Doors Open

Recently, I had my office doors open to meet an engaged young couple, whose wedding ceremony I hope to officiate next summer.    As part of my regular routine of getting acquainted, one question I ask is how they first came to choose our church for their big day.    The response of the bride-to-be caught me off... Read More

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Stories Worth Remembering

My Mom often said she wanted to write her life-story, though never seemed to have time. Life was busy: getting a dairy farm established in Niagara after immigrating from post-WWII Europe, raising 7 children, along with commitments to church, and involvement with school and sports for us kids. She did make time to... Read More

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