March 21, 2019

About Mike Bell

A Values Charter?

Update: The spam attack seems to be a little more under control.  Thanks for the great comments! Chaplain Mike had an interesting post this week when he criticized an organization that invited us to patronize businesses that “welcome us and respect our values.” I found it interesting because I wanted to write about another organization that also […]

Thoughts on Southern Africa

With the passing of Nelson Mandela yesterday, the world lost a great statesman. Through his words of reconciliation South Africa was able to transition out of Apartheid without the bloodshed that characterized so many of the independence movements of the region. While I am known as the Canadian voice on Internet Monk, my family had […]

A Perspective on Canadian Healthcare

It seems like everyone from everywhere has been chiming in on healthcare issues, so I thought I would add a Canadian perspective.  I have read a number of comments about Canadian care which have not been overly accurate, so I thought I would help set the record straight as much as I am able.  I […]

My Response to Mayor Rob Ford

By now you have probably heard of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.  For those who haven’t, let me give you a quick time line. In November of 2010 Rob Ford was elected as Mayor of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  He was elected as a “cost cutting” mayor, someone who would bring fiscal sense to a city whose […]

Reconsider Jesus – Moving Forward

When many of the Dead Sea Scrolls faced delay in publication, conspiracy theories started to abound:  What was it in the scrolls that the Vatican wanted to keep secret?  Were they harmful to the church?  Did they dispute the claims of Christianity?  In fact the truth is a little more boring than that. The original […]

Reconsider Jesus – A Status Update and Call For Help

For two years now I have been working on compiling Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. On some recent Fridays we have been giving you some “sneak peeks” into this devotional commentary. Initially a lot of effort was put into finding Michael Spencer’s written studies […]

I am called a “Christian”

One day a vision came my way About a Christian found today A Christian who’s supposed to be caring A Christian who’s supposed to be sharing But instead a man who would knock his brother down Is what I found And he is called a Christian And in accord with his belief He gives his […]

Am I an Evangelical?

How do I describe myself as a Christian?  Am I an Evangelical?   Can I call myself anything else? Let me give you a bit of background.  I have attended seventeen different churches in my life.  Each for a period of at least one year.  Sixteen of them I attended since the age of eleven.  Fourteen […]

Reconsider Jesus – The Sent Out

The following is an excerpt from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book: Reconsider Jesus – A fresh look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark.  This week we are looking at a part of Michael Spencer’s writing and speaking on Mark 6. I accidentally skipped ahead and will be returning to Mark 5 next week.  The material being covered […]

The Journey Continues

Editor’s note:  I met Erick as a co-worker in a company where very few self-identified as Christians.  Erick however did.  It can be a difficult journey in our part of Canada.  Here is the latest installment in Erick’s story published this week.  He blogs at:  Sempiternal Being.  He has given me permission to share this […]