Monkey’s Uncle–Or Not?

“In the beginning,” says Genesis 1:1, “God created the heavens and the earth.” Christians accept that—but HOW? Since the birth of modern science, the question of our origins, tossed like a meaty bone into the arena of public debate, has fuelled tremendous wrangling. Church leadership and laity, government and state, …

Every Life Can Change the World

So now we have four. The news rushed in just before Christmas was all put away. Grandbean #4 has arrived. I stood at my kitchen counter, chopping up vegetables for dinner. In the living room—open to the kitchen—the Preacher sat in his recliner, looking a point or two below prime. …

The Most Vital Building Supplies

I’m not surprised that our son’s life has bent in the direction of construction. As a boy, he spent hours building things from Lego. Today he builds and renovates houses for a living. Castles, really. Except ours. When he travelled two provinces east to come home for Christmas, he spent …

Let God Lead in 2011

As a teenager, freshly licensed to drive, I drove my car—a skim-milk-white, ‘64 pushbutton Dodge, loaded with friends—to the top of Vancouver’s Hollyburn Mountain for a Saturday of skiing. Snow fell lightly as we made our way up the mountain road. No guard rails lined its icy hairpin curves—just an …

Be It Resolved…

I resolve to memorize more Bible passages this year. They grow my spirit. Besides, I have Beans to keep ahead of. Celebration day, feast on the table, house full of people. Five-year-old Butterfly Bean watches me pour out cider. Whispers, “Nana. I have something to tell you.” “Yes?” I reach …

Run Strong, Finish Well

2010 is nearly history. Regardless of how you began it, did you finish well? In the early 1940’s, three young preaching dynamos lined up at the starting block of evangelistic preaching. The trends for those times ran in the direction of large campaigns, which attracted thousands for as long as …

Be Born In Us Today

I think much about the mother of Jesus these days. I thank my daughter Amanda for that. She handed me a tiny gift one Sunday afternoon last summer, a velvet-sheathed, cubic, snap-lidded box. The kind rings come in. She said nothing, just gave it over, her face enigmatic. The three …

Find God’s Cheer – All Year

Sometimes at Christmas I sense that the lyrics of “Deck the Halls” have changed to “Deck the shops with ire and folly, na na na na…. Tis the season to be growly, na na na na….” Even for Christians, Christmas often becomes a lengthy, disappointing list: Too much commotion, and no …

Invite Hope In

On frigid winter mornings, the fluttering of wings outside my office window sometimes distracts me. But I welcome my feathered visitors—today an evening grosbeak, chickadees, magpies, woodpeckers, and pine siskins. Birds speak hope to me. They always have. At times when I’ve most needed it, God has sent wings. Birds …