Thankfulness

As someone who describes themselves as more of a pessimist than an optimist, I often find it hard to be thankful. My prayer life is full of requests. Full of “Father, help me with…”, “Lord, provide for…”, but sadly lacking in thankfulness. I...

Professional development

Professional development is widely recognised as being very important to the development of your (you guessed it!) profession! But have you ever thought that your walk with the Lord might benefit from some ‘professional development’ also? Life...

Loving CSAC

Why do you come to church? Do you come for the good teaching? For the great kids ministry? The music? Or because you love the building? Would you consider yourself a consumer or spectator? Or do you see church as a place to serve? I was...

Anniversary History

In celebration of the first 50 years of the church, a book was published with the title: History of the first 50 years of the Anglican Church of St. Mary’s. In the introduction, the Vicar at that time, C. Fraser Withington, wrote about the changing...

Running from one emergency to the next

A friend of mine once worked in an organization that underwent a strategic review. The result? His department was, ‘running from one emergency to the next’. This phrase has stuck with me ever since. I think it’s because it seems this is how life is for...

Rest

Describe your ideal rest day. What does it look like? Perhaps it is full of adventure, or is it on the more peaceful side with a good book and cup of tea? I love hiking, and a couple of times each year I kiss Leanne goodbye and head to my favourite national parks for...

Comfortable Sins in our Communities

At university or at church, talking with friends or with family an increasingly common question is this; what have you been watching lately? What have you seen on Netflix recently? Got a series you could recommend? Before I discuss the sins of...

Book Review: You Can Change

I think that it’s rare to come across a book that you would actually read more than once. Most books we read once (or halfway through) get the point and then we store the book or send it off to the Salvos. But some books are the exception. Some books we...

Book Review: What Some Of You Were

Has someone ever said “no one understands” to you before? Or have you have felt like no one understands what you are going through? Sometimes the worst part of a struggle or trial in life is the feeling of isolation that is tied to it like a bag of...