July 13, 2020

About Mike Bell

Who Inspires You?

Recently on Facebook quite a few friends have been posting a series of musical Albums that have either influenced their taste in music or have been significant to them. I declined to participate, although someday I may post a listing of my favourite ten Bruce Cockburn albums. There are after all 36 to chose from! […]

CoVid-19 and the future of Church

Update: I have added another post from Brian Zahnd that Scott Lencke refers to in the comments. There have been a few interesting posts circulating in the ether over the past week.   First up to the plate was Carey Nieuwhof last Monday with his astonishing post that nearly half of American churches were experiencing […]

A Jesus Shaped Spirituality for such a time as This

Welcome to my new time slot! I am grateful to Chaplain Mike as it is much easier for me to write on Sunday night for a post on Monday. It gives me time to ruminate about my post throughout the weekend and allows me to better divide my work and personal life (Internet Monk falls […]

Hope in the Midst of Despair

This has been a season of grief. On Friday I wrote about many of the reasons why I as grieving related to the pandemic that is sweeping the world. Today (Sunday) I grieve as I remember that 10 years have passed since Michael Spencer was taken from us way too early. This coming Friday many […]

A Season for Lament

What a day. I grieved to hear an Ontario grocery store worker mourn her soulmate, only 49, who worked his last day at Superstore on March 16, just a week and a half ago! Now he’s dead. For stocking groceries. We owe our grocery store workers SO MUCH! I ache for the fear of the […]

My Strategies for Coping with Anxiety

I have been dealing with anxiety for a year now. Looking back, I had been dealing with anxious thinking long before that, but failed to recognize it. It was one of the reasons why I had to leave my previous church. You would think that these times we were in would cause a flare up, […]

COVID-19 – Sharing Good News

The message of God to the world comes not through natural phenomena like coronavirus but through the good news proclaimed by and embodied in a people who bear his name. “War, plague, and famine” are not severe words from God. They are groans of a broken creation into which God sends his word of faith, […]

A COVID-19 update: Why schools are being closed, and large events cancelled

A lot has changed in the five weeks since I first wrote about the Corona Virus. With all the uncertainty swirling, and things rapidly changing I thought I would offer an update. One that at least offers a ray of hope. Most of this post will be about explaining the graph above, which I think […]

The Year That Wasn’t

A quick perusal of my Facebook posts, and you would have a pretty good idea that my year went pretty well: Lots of hiking and visiting with family and friends Building five new garden beds for flowers and vegetables Enjoying the resultant garden bounty My son’s engagement to a wonderful woman Celebrations of birthdays and […]

How I Became a… Believer in Climate Change

From my series of posts a little over five years ago in my original “How I Became…” series, you might have thought that I embrace change quickly. After all, I have made a lot of theological changes in my life time. In fact, while I am willing to change my mind on things, it takes […]