Do all dogs go to heaven?

This was going to be a Thanksgiving kind of thing, but we just held our annual Blessing of the Animals and I really wanted to address this important question: do all dogs go to heaven. So, thankful for my wonderful little dogs, I’d like to say that the answer, I...

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A little scratch behind the ear

For the last few years, we’ve had a Blessing of the Animals service around the end of September, beginning of October. (October 4 is St. Francis of Assisi Day and he’s the patron saint of animals.) We welcome any animals, pets or working animals, livestock – all the beasts of...

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From right here, right now

I’m from here. I haven’t been here long, but I just want to be clear that, if you ask me where I’m from, I’m going to say that I’m from here. When I came to Bashaw 11 years ago, one of the first services I did was at the seniors...

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Rain (or Snow) or Shine

“One light, one sun, one sun lighting everyone.” That sounds like something Jesus would say, doesn’t it? But it’s not. Pretty close, though, if you were a little kid in the 1980s. It’s a song by Raffi. What Jesus did say was that God “causes his sun to rise on...

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In the beginnings

“And suddenly you know: it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” That sounds hip and cool and contemporary, but it’s a hip and cool and contemporary translation of something written by Meister Eckhart (c.1260 – c.1328), a medieval theologian and mystic. He was a monk...

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Are you afraid?

We’ve been out at the lake near here the last couple of weeks. It’s beautiful there and there’s a nice little community, some summer residents and a few all season. Right where you drive in there’s signs in both directions, those yellow diamond shape caution signs. They say “BEWARE OF...

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What are you wearing?

When my grandchildren were little – well, little-er – they loved Bob the Builder. I hope they still do. Bob, originally, was a stop-action cartoon character from Britain who lived with his friends in a nice little town along with a gang of friendly work vehicles like front-end loaders, diggers...

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Eat it, it’s good for you.

The very idea of literalism bothers me. It seems to me that there really is no such thing. After all, the moment you read something, hear something or see something, the moment you experience it, you – yourself – are interpreting it, aren’t you? I’m distinguishing from “factual,” by the...

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Try checking your image

Lori and I have a breakfast ritual. She lets the dogs out and feeds them, I make the breakfast, we sit down and, while we eat, we like to read the news online from a few reputable media sources. Well, I say “like” but sometimes we don’t “like” it at...

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Jesus at the potluck

I wrote about church potlucks last week. I connected them, loosely, to the miracle story of Jesus feeding the multitude (John 6:1-21), a miracle, I think, of sharing and community. I talk about food a lot and encourage it at church. Whether it’s a potluck meal, a pancake breakfast, a...

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