June 2, 2020

Prayers Requested

Sometimes what you plan to write during the week gets waylaid. This week I was planning a post on empathy, and my lack thereof. Rather ironically I am posting asking for empathy from others. My Dad Jim is a pretty tough cookie. I was well into middle age before I thought I was as physically […]

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part Three

Welcome once again to our Consummate Cockburn Collection.  If you missed it, you might want to check out our list of Cockburn top ten albums in part one and part two. But what about those songs that didn’t make the top ten albums?  Are there any gems in those other albums that you might want […]

Thoughts on COVID-19 data and where we might be headed

Welcome to another stream of consciousness edition.  I have been doing a lot of thinking this week about the COVID-19 data that I have seen to this point, what it means, and what the future might bring. For those not familiar with who I am, I make a living doing data analysis, and am especially […]

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part Two

Mike: If you joined us last week,  you would have read about the first five albums in our Consummate Cockburn Collection.  This week we bring you albums six to ten.  I am again joined by my good friend Peter Heath. Peter: It is challenging to capture Bruce Cockburn and his work in a couple of […]

The Consummate Cockburn Collection – Part One

For those who don’t know Bruce Cockburn, he is a Canadian folk / folk-rock singer / songwriter / political activist, who between the years of 1970 and 2019 has released 36 albums.   There were a couple of things that first attracted me to him.  He was someone who said he was a follower of Jesus, […]

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 […]