“The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself “

“The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself ” Franklin D Roosevelt The spread of the Ebola virus is something to pay attention to, without fear, but with diligence and compassion. We must bring the best of our faculties, personal and collective, to bear so that human suffering is relieved. We must also understand [Read More...]

What We Learn From Despair

I always find it interesting to watch what the media pays attention to. Recently we’ve witnessed the horror and the shame of what took place in Ferguson Missouri, as a result of one police officer’s decision to shoot – and ultimately kill – Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black man. It was a horrendous act, [Read More...]

Living the Menu of Life

Recently a friend of mine shared with me one of the lessons she’s been learning as she embarks on a new life with her partner. The two of them are quite different, and they love each other deeply. They are the yin to each other’s yang. But it’s only through the opportunity of living together [Read More...]

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

One of the best-loved fairy tales, and the first feature-length film Walt Disney ever did, was Snow White. It’s a typical tale of a girl who finds her Prince Charming, but as with all good fairy tales that have stood the test of time, there are truths embedded in the story. Snow White has an [Read More...]

What’s to like about beauty?

It’s summer, and if there is one thing we know about summer it’s that beauty seems to be everywhere. Summer is nature’s ode to the energy that has been put in through the rains of spring. Everything in life blooms with possibilities. We are able to relax and take hold for a period of time [Read More...]

The Lessons of Fear

How many times have you been afraid? And when you have been afraid, what action did you take? My hope is that you’ve been afraid more times than you can think, and while you may not be able to say this of every occasion more often than not you took action to overcome the fear [Read More...]

Let the Killing Stop

On the same day that thousands of members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police mourned the murder of three of their colleagues in Moncton, New Brunswick, one man was shot on the street in an upscale urban part of Vancouver, on the other side of the country. Meanwhile in the United States, a couple already [Read More...]

The Perils of Blindness

One of the things people often ask me is: how did I go from being a farmer to being a spiritual leader. It all sounds so high-falutin. And even mentioning it makes me somewhat uncomfortable. And yet the question is asked of me again and again. The reason I think people are so curious is [Read More...]

Courage to Answer the Question

One of the turning points in my life came out of the mouths of babes, in this case my four-year-old daughter. “Who’s Jesus,” she said. Interesting question, I thought. And difficult at the time for me to answer as neither myself nor my wife Deborah attended a church in those days. So, to answer her [Read More...]

The Crosswalk of Life

The other day when I was driving through one of the main intersections in town I spotted three people making their way through a crosswalk. They caught my attention because one of them was a man in a wheelchair. The crosswalk was a bit tricky to navigate because he had to first cross a small [Read More...]


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