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If White People Are Upset About A Barrier, Imagine What Aboriginals Must Feel Like Over Their Land

In most conflicts between white folk and aboriginal folk we are usually presented with quite the bit of rhetoric that someone isn’t following the rules. In the recent situation at Ipperwash where Kettle and Stony Point band sent in trucks and workers to remove barriers that had been there for forty years there was an […]

Trends in Conversations around the Protests

In trying to follow the unfolding of the Michael Brown shooting and protests and the Burnaby mountain protests I am noticing several different trends in the conversation. 1. Individual Justice vs Corporate Justice – Many of the protests are about a larger injustice that is taking place, but the arguments against the protests are almost […]

A Sermon on Thankfulness

This week has been an interesting and eventful week for me. The story about our ducks being taken is going into the newspaper. I wrote few blog posts that got some attention and conversation going. One of the blog posts I wrote was a little rant about the national anthem and how standing for the […]

Tim Gibb and Bethel’s Fight Against The “Homosexual Agenda”

I spent an hour of my evening tonight listening to Pastor Tim Gibb (the senior pastor of a decade or so at the Sarnia Pentecostal Church that I grew up up) ripping into the “gay agenda” (whatever that means) and the “gay theologians” (he never did mention their names, maybe I’m one of them! But […]

Parables of Judgment – It’s Really Not Looking Good For Us

The last three weeks of the church calendar have been awfully depressing. Especially if we read them right. Parable of the Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) Must read David Henson’s take | My sermon here Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) Must read Sylvia Keesmaat’s take on this one Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46) I’ve read […]

Why We Shouldn’t Stand For Our National Anthem

I don’t think I really thought about this until the last few years. But lately, I just haven’t been able to stand when the national anthem is on. It just feels so, I don’t know, nationalistic. As a sea of people stand up for this song, for their country, I can’t help but see it […]

The Story About Our Ducks And How Sarnia Took Them

Early in May our house decided to get some ducks. Why? Well I think everyone had their own reasons. Rachel wanted someone to cuddle with. Dallas wanted to raise his own meat. Nick wanted companionship. I want to experience with urban farming. Max and Porter were big supporters as well, being eight and all, having […]

Ireland in HDR

Sometimes I take the same picture 5 times all with different exposures and then throw them together. I think it looks pretty cool. Click on the image to see it bigger. It will look sweet blown up.

Ireland Trip

2014 has been quite the year of travelling. What a beautiful world. Costa Rica, Azores and now Ireland. We found cheap tickets again. Well Rachel did. So we took a few weeks and drove around the entire island with some friends. Here are some keepers. You can see a bunch more here. Of course pub […]

Pregnancy Centres, Dammit Janet and How I Ended Up In The Middle

So this is interesting. The Pregnancy Centre in Sarnia applied for a grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation to open a second centre in Petrolia (a nearby town). The pregnancy centre here is well supported by the church population of this city with yearly galas and fundraisers. I’ve known the families and staff of the centre […]