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Tracing

May 13, 2011

My Aunt Trudy was a professional tracer. No, she didn't try to find people who were lost or get information for bounty hunters; she traced blueprints and diagrams for a shipping engineering firm. She must have had a steady hand … (read more)

Holy Spirit

April 23, 2011

Some people think that the work of the Holy Spirit is just to infuse everyone with dynamic energy so that worship services, ministries, and missions can be made more effective, positive, and amazing. Far too often, we have this idea … (read more)

Grace Is Amazing

March 25, 2011

For a while, Grace was a popular name for girls in Scotland, especially among those who are now baby boomers. I used to wonder if the name Grace was chosen for spiritual reasons, because Billy Graham's revivalist meetings were taking … (read more)

Shrove Tuesday

March 8, 2011

Today is Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, as the French call it. It's also known as Pancake Day in Britain, or more precisely "Shrove Tuesday". Historically it was the day that all went to confession to have sins "shriven" or … (read more)

Alaskan Hummingbirds

February 24, 2011

I recently watched an amazing wildlife video on the Internet. A man was feeding hummingbirds from his hand in Alaska. Now, first of all, I didn't realize that hummingbirds went to Alaska. I thought it would be too far north … (read more)

Champions

February 6, 2011

When Peyton Manning first won the Super Bowl in 2007 for the Indianapolis Colts, he proved all of his critics wrong. Over the years, Peyton had taken a pounding from sports commentators because they believed that he couldn't make a … (read more)

Faith Teachers

January 25, 2011

I think that my favourite type of Christians are the Sunday School teachers in every church who give of their time, talents, energy, and enthusiasm in wonderful ways that spiritually enrich young lives and help them grow in faith. It's … (read more)

Above The Mountains

January 11, 2011

I've never seen the Grand Canyon, but it is on my "bucket list". From what I've heard from other people, it is a remarkable and awe-inspiring place. Photographs do not do it justice and even documentaries on television do not … (read more)

In Limbo

December 29, 2010

After Christmas, there is always that in-between time when we all reflect about what's happened throughout the year, and then anxiously anticipate what lies ahead of us. We may get nostalgic or melancholy, depending upon what has occurred throughout the … (read more)

Heart Of The Holidays

December 19, 2010

There are so many fables and stories, customs and events attached to our current celebrations of Christmas that it is sometimes hard to distinguish what is real, important, and true. We spend so much energy and effort in promoting, upholding, … (read more)

Musical Windows

December 14, 2010

I love this time of year, and especially the weeks that lead up to Christmas. No matter where I go, I hear Christmas music and carols everywhere. Christianity is a singing faith, and I like to think that the songs … (read more)

Christmas Singalong

December 9, 2010

At this time of year, I usually tune my car radio to a station that plays Christmas music all day long throughout the month of December. I like the old familiar songs that I grew up with. Most mornings, you'll … (read more)

Embracing Advent

December 4, 2010

Q: What's the best way to keep Christ in Christmas? A: Go to church on Sundays. It always amazes me that so many people complain that Christmas just isn't the same, and yet they never seem to connect their spiritual … (read more)

We Will Remember Them

November 11, 2010

November 11th has always been a very special and solemn day for me — as far back as I can remember. As a child, I watched Remembrance Day parades and wondered why all of the pipers, soldiers, and people were … (read more)

The King's Business

November 6, 2010

A friend of mine was writing on the web the other day that it's only just more than fifty days to Christmas. My first reaction was: Wow! Where did the rest of the year go? I've been extremely busy all … (read more)

I See The Moon

October 23, 2010

As a child, I always enjoyed looking up at the moon. I could see it clearly from my bedroom window, and sometimes, I would stay up late into the wee small hours of the morning, enjoying its shape, movement, and … (read more)

Pit Rescue

October 14, 2010

As I write this, the whole world is watching a miracle. The Chilean miners, who have been trapped underground for 69 days, are beginning to surface, and our whole planet is rejoicing. It's a remarkable feat and a wonderful testimony … (read more)

Grey Day

October 11, 2010

This morning's commute to work was the usual rush and traffic mess. Weaving in and out of trucks is not something that I enjoy, and being pressurized from the driver behind to speed up is something that I loathe. The … (read more)

Real Rejoicing

September 25, 2010

Throughout the summer months, when our church choir does not meet, our Creative Expressions team encourages our church kids to present the anthem during worship on Sunday mornings. The leader of our ministry team, Cynthia, and Joe, our choir director, … (read more)

Rest For The Weary

September 10, 2010

Have you ever had a wasp in your home and watched it struggle against a window pane trying to get out? It constantly buzzes and desperately attempts to find a means of escape. It can see the real world outside, … (read more)

The School Bully

August 27, 2010

I was bullied at elementary school by an ugly-looking kid who just loved to terrorize me. I hated going to school because I knew that at some point in the day, he was going to get in my face and … (read more)

The Trouble With Toads

August 17, 2010

The pond was in a place called Jellyhill. My home was about six miles from its location. One summer, our street pack of adventurers decided to go over to the pond and play there all day long. Usually, war games … (read more)

The Look

August 9, 2010

I once had a friend who worked as a detective in the Scottish police force. He was trained to observe people during interviews, in order to tell whether or not they were lying. Small movements of the eyes, mouth, and … (read more)

Spirit Wisdom

July 30, 2010

Eric Alexander was the most wise and spiritually gifted pastor that I have ever known. He used to preach at the St. George's Tron Church, which is situated right in the heart of my old hometown of Glasgow in Scotland. … (read more)

God Remembers

July 21, 2010

Years ago, one of my best friends was diagnosed with a terminal condition. It was completely unexpected, and the doctors told him that he had only months to live. I was shocked when I heard the news and couldn't accept … (read more)

Running Ahead

July 15, 2010

Currently, I'm on a four-day personal prayer fast and vision-casting retreat. For the last year, I've been so busy at church that I feel as though (and certainly know) that I've been running ahead of God and expecting Him to … (read more)

Thanks, Friend

July 9, 2010

I once saw an elderly man get hit by a double-decker bus. It happened in the middle of Glasgow many years ago. I was returning home from an all-night party with a bunch of friends. The old man was coming … (read more)

Dusty Shoes

July 3, 2010

I've only once shaken the dust off my feet where I felt I wasn't welcome. It took place many years ago while I was still a student minister in Glasgow, Scotland. My brother-in-law, Billy, went to buy some record albums … (read more)

Either/Or

June 27, 2010

C.S Lewis once wrote that Jesus was either a religious madman or the Son of God. For many years, Lewis had been a staunch atheist and would not give any credibility to Christ's claims or Christianity. But one day, he … (read more)

Leaving Our Nets

June 21, 2010

When I was a pastor in Scotland, I loved working with the local fishermen. They were a hardy breed of manly men. They were coarse and rustic, weather-beaten and strong. Each week, they put their lives at risk looking for … (read more)

Emerald Fields

June 14, 2010

On each of the three Scottish coach tours that I have led, there came a time when someone said, "Everything is so green!" Scotland is covered with so many emerald hills and green fields that when you see them for … (read more)

No Man

June 8, 2010

For most of his life, my father was an agnostic. He wasn't sure if God existed, and part of his stumbling block to faith was in accepting that Jesus was actually the Son of God. He was willing to concede … (read more)

Knowing The Actual Location

May 26, 2010

They say that life is full of hidden surprises. One of those appeared, on a recent morning. One of the contractors dug through a hidden gas main at our church, causing an emergency. Within minutes, fire engines and utility trucks … (read more)

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