Was There an Apple?

When you think of the Adam and Eve story, what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Did you notice that there is not a single mention of an apple? And yet, I bet that image is imbedded in our minds. Whether or not we believe that the story of Adam and Eve…

The Currency of Time and Place

The Transition Team is reading and discussing a book entitled Holy Currencies and I have been preaching on it. It is written by Eric Law, an Episcopal priest. We are accustomed to think of ‘currency’ as money. He redefines it in this way: The word currency comes from the Medieval Latin word currentia which literally…

Women of Courage

Good morning… I am the Pharaoh’s daughter. Did you notice that, in the Bible, I don’t have a name? On the other hand, the Bible tells of two midwives, Hebrew midwives, more or less slaves, who do have names. Shiphrah and Pu’ah. In some ways, I was a slave too. A pampered one, of course,…

Taking Heart in the Midst of Storms

One of the things that I loved about moving back to Nova Scotia 12 years ago from Ontario that all the water illustrations and metaphors are embedded in our culture. The ocean has been a constant backdrop to life through most of my time in Nova Scotia. I have almost always lived within sight and…

The Currency of Gracious Leadership

As we continue with our series based on the book Holy Currencies, the author Rev. Eric Law, says this about the Currency of Gracious Leadership: Gracious leadership does not accept the linear, top-down, and static leadership style that assumes: “The first shall be first, and last shall be last.” In this kind of leadership, the…

The Currency of Wellness

Continuing with the series on Holy Currencies, the book that the Transition Team is exploring and discussing as part of our continued work of this Intentionally Interim Ministry time. It’s written by Eric Law, an Episcopal priest. We are accustomed to think of ‘currency’ as money. He redefines currency in this way: The word currency…

Will the Truth Set Us Free?

The truth will set you free, but first it’s going to hurt like hell! Anyone recognize that quote? It’s a quote by Dr. Brené Brown; she is a research professor at the University of Houston; she has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, empathy, and shame. Her Ted Talk on The Power of…

Vine and Jesus

It’s Father’s Day in Canada and many other places around the world. It’s one of two relationships that we all have. Whether or not your father is living, whether or not you know who your father is, no matter what kind of relationship you have with your father, we ALL have a father. It’s one…

Are We on Fire?

Pentecost is one of my favourite Sundays in the church year. Sixteen years ago, I was ordained on Pentecost, wearing the stole you can see as a backdrop. Pentecost… the wind of the Holy Spirit swirling and dancing… tongues of fire touching each one, empowering the frightened disciples. Pentecost… passion, excitement and commitment unleashed upon…