March 21, 2019

About Mike Bell

Where to Draw the Line?

Happy International Women’s Day! The church that I attend has been going through a series entitled “Her Story” which details why it is so important to have women in leadership in the church. The sessions are really worth watching (or listening to if that is your preference). Here is what we have covered so far: […]

Election Cycles and Social Media

We have a Federal election coming in Canada on October 21, 2019. Technically there a few things that could happen that could make it happen sooner, like a non-confidence vote in the Government, or the Prime Minister advising the Governor General to call it sooner, but since way back in 2009, elections have been “the […]

What on earth is a “Biblical Worldview”?

About a week ago my cousin Ted drew my attention to an article written by a Professor of Mathematics (Emeritus) at the University of Oxford. In the article, the author, John Lennox, tells of an experience where “a brilliant scientist [was] trying to bully me into giving up Christianity.” Finding himself at a dinner with […]

Esther

Esther didn’t have the the easiest of lives. Even in her early years growing up in the carefree life of a warm and sunny Barbados there was something amiss. A minor dispute with a sibling lead to a lifelong estrangement. A chance encounter with Tom, an Irish sailor on ship’s leave at a dance, led […]

It’s 2019 – and I still shake my head at how the church still treats women

It’s 2019 – and I shake my head at how the church still treats women. It’s been… Ninety-nine years since [most] American women got the vote. Ninety-four years since Nellie Ross was elected Governor of Wyoming. Fifty-three years since Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister of India. Fifty years since Golda Meir became Prime Minister of […]

IM Book Review: In His Majesty’s Secret Service

A little over thirty years ago my younger brother, Patrick Bell, left on an adventure. He joined Greg, his best friend from high school, on a clandestine team smuggling bibles behind the Iron Curtain. For two years they crisscrossed Eastern Europe bringing Bibles, medicines, and food to Christians who faced persecution and even death because […]

In Memory of Margaret Mary Peddle (née Milks) (1941-2019)

My mother-in-law passed away Monday morning from a catastrophic stroke that occured the morning before.  She was a remarkable woman in many ways in how she transcended her circumstances and I wanted to pay tribute to her today. Margaret Peddle was raised in various remote communities in Northern Ontario, the largest of which was Englehart, […]

Escaping the Wilderness – Some thoughts on Community

Escaping the Wilderness – Some thoughts on Community …it is our job as a church family to be there for you, to help as we might be able, to sympathize with your situation, to pray for you, to weep with you, to care for you. – Chaplain Mike Making your way in the world today […]

Escaping the Wilderness – Why have I changed my theological positions?

As I have been exiting the “Evangelical Wilderness”, I have been taking stock of where I fit with some of my theological beliefs. Some of the areas where there is variance between what I believe and what others believe are in the table below. I am solidly in the right hand column in all of […]

Mike Bell – Random Stream of Consciousness Edition

My mind has been all over the place this week. Rather than focus on any one thing that I have been thinking about, I thought I would briefly recount a number of ideas that have been percolating in my brain. Feel free to pick on whichever ones catch your fancy. 1. Hey, a new picture […]