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Every summer my wife and I (now with three little gaffers in tow) take time away from work, from home, and (mostly) from electricity. We are campers (the type who use tents). We are admirers of nature. We embrace simplicity. We love to wonder and marvel. We are blessed to live here and now. We do something biblical and come to appreciate God-the-creator all the more for our time away.  We read in Psalm 8 that David found he could […]
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The six year old is frustrated, his body tense. He wants to fill his water bottle before he leaves for school. He believes he knows the bottle doesn’t fit under a certain tap. His mother tells him it does. He whines, asks her to do it. Gently, oh so much more gently than I could muster, she tells him to try. “SEE,” he bellows as the tears well up in his eyes, “hahahah it does fit!” A lesson learned with […]
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Cycling’s a funny thing: it gives you lots of time to just sit and think. And for me, finding myself cycling almost exclusively with men for the past year and a half, I suppose I have invariably given a lot of think time to masculinity. That’s fine by me: I really like men. Some of my closest friends are men, my two colleagues are men, I’m about as straight as you can get on whatever scale you have for that […]
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Just breathe It’s advice many have heard and not known what to do with. It’s advice many have given without really knowing why they were saying it or what they meant by it, it just sounds vaguely helpful. It is no joke—and no secret—that many of us are feeling depleted, tired, lonely, uncertain, hesitant, and many other feelings that suggest all is not right with us. I hear more and more often from people who feel they cannot speak what […]
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This year has been a bumper crop for those of us with fruit trees in the Cowichan Valley, it seems like every second person offers me plums, pears, or apples. We gave someone some of apples from our yard in a re-usable bag and the next day received our bag back full of pears, and another bag of grapes…bounty. Thanksgiving. This while I have been re-reading Michael Pollan’s great book The Omnivore’s Dilemma and in it he asks the question, when […]
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Didn’t See It Coming  By: Carey Nieuwhof. Carey Nieuwhof is fast becoming a powerful voice within North American Christianity, both as a preacher and as a leadership expert. He has books and podcasts, and a (by Canadian standards) extremely successful church. One of the aspects of Carey’s leadership that has been endearing is his love of other leaders and his willingness to be vulnerable in front of them. Carey continues this pattern in his newest book Didn’t See it Coming […]
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The family and I decided Canada Day would be a good day to do what their mother loves best, go for a family walk in nature. On this particular day we visited Jack Point a fun walk near the ocean with many wonderful rocks and sandstone shelves and places for the boys to crawl into. Little caves and indents, great walls to practice bouldering on, the tide as out the sun was up, beauty was all around. The 5 year […]
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Do you ever get frustrated with your inability to accomplish a task, a goal, or to meet an expectation? More and more often I have found myself feeling this way; wishing I was better prepared for the challenges I face in marriage, in parenting, in faith, and at work. Perhaps I am just feeling tired, I speak to many folks who feel these things and often they too are tired. Perhaps I am just in a particularly challenging moment in […]

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