Partnership in Social Media Communication

Partnership in Social Media Communication

We discussed use of social media in our staff meeting on Wednesday, and we acknowledged how important it is for as many members of the congregation to take part as possible.  Shelley Den Haan, our Communications Consultant, is working on developing a communications...

Course on Working Through Grief

Hillhurst United is offering a course on working through grief.  The information for it is below. Good Grief Group Session (6 week course) Oct 16, 23, 30 & Nov 6, 13, 20, 2017 7-9 pm To register: hillhurstunited.com The Good Grief Group Session is a 6-week small...
Lectionary Study for September to December

Lectionary Study for September to December

I have planned a Lectionary Study of the Bible for the fall.  The following table shows the lectionary readings for each Sunday, and the readings we will examine each Tuesday from 10 until noon at St. Andrew’s Centre.  I will have printed copies of this chart...

Christian Labour 2017 09 03

September 3, 2017 Christian Labour Story: The Giant Hyssop One of the flowers we have in our garden is Giant Hyssop.  It starts blooming in May and blooms until September, producing thin spikes of flowers loved by bees and butterflies as it produces lots of nectar. ...

A Short Commentary on Romans 12:9-21

A Short Commentary on Romans 12:9-21 (NRSV) (Note:  many commentators consider the meaning of the Greek original and context of the time; my focus is on what the words we have mean to us in our time.) “Let love be genuine”:  Of his list, “let love be genuine” may be...

Developing Grit: Following Jesus in a Changing World

This week three items from 3 very different sources about grit and goals converged for me as I look towards the coming fall. The first was a Facebook post featuring a researcher speaking about grit.  Grit is that quality that sustains people as they pursue difficult...
One Way of Being Christian Today

One Way of Being Christian Today

I subscribe to Kolbe Times, and the most recent issue had an intriguing interview with Shane Claibourne.  This interview is a powerful expression of Christian witness.  You may want to go to www.kolbetimes.com to read the interview, listen to the audio tape, and read...

Israelites and Canaanites: Anglo Saxons and First Nations

The story about Jesus and the Canaanite woman prompted me to reflect on the history between the Israelites and the Canaanites.  That reflection led me to seeing a parallel with the relations between settlers and indigenous peoples in North America and elsewhere. The...

Pervasive Prejudice: Message for August 20, 2017

When I read the Gospel passage, the humanness of Jesus struck me.  Pervasive prejudice is part of our human condition.  Our challenge is to work past that prejudice.  What follows includes my original text plus revisions and additions. August 20, 2017 Pervasive...
An Invitation to Jim’s Birthday Party

An Invitation to Jim’s Birthday Party

Bonnie, my wife, likes to celebrate those life events where I hit important age milestones.  For my 70th, she wanted us to have a special party, and we decided to host a party on September 2 at the Calgary Horseshoe Club from 2 pm to 8 pm, with the pot-luck supper to...