Transcripts of the minister’s reflection

Reflection: August 19

         As we know, communication is everything.  It was one of the first things that human beings learned that enabled our ancestors to form communities and begin what we now call a culture.  Communication in today’s world is complex and difficult.          As complex and difficult as it might be, there are people who can read on

Reflection: August 12

         This past June, James Hoggan spoke here in Nelson.  He was part of the Convergence Writers’ Weekend hosted by Wide Spot in Silverton. Donna Macdonald also spoke at the weekend event; the theme was “Keeping a Civil Tongue,” very apropos in this day and age when public discourse can be so rancorous.          James Hoggan read on

Reflection: August 5

Scripture: John 6:1-24         It’s always interesting to me to learn how words take on different meanings from the original definition.  Every generation creates its own language and many of the words that were everyday, common words would be given a new meaning. When I was young, we talked about being “cool” read on

Reflection: July 29

         A couple of years ago, Janet and I went to a continuing education event in Osoyoos; it was at the Spirit Ridge Resort… you know, the Nk’Mip winery. It was a lovely week and it was focused on clergy self-care with significant others.  It was partly focused around a new psychological test aimed at helping read on

Reflection: July 22

         Time is an elusive thing. It’s hard to understand time.  I studied a bit of Einstein’s theory of relativity years ago in university and still don’t understand time, only that it is relative because we are all moving in some fashion.  The space-time continuum, a phrase that we heard a lot during the Star Trek: read on

Reflection: July 15

Scripture: Mark 6:14–29          Did you know that the original meaning of despot referred to “a master of a household,” from the Greek? According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary, when the Turks conquered Constantinople and changed the name to Istanbul, a despot was also an Eastern Orthodox bishop or patriarch. Before that, it read on

Reflection: July 8

        At Janet’s recent 60thbirthday gathering in Nanaimo with my family, I had a couple of conversations with my nephew.  He’s in his-mid-20s, newly engaged, on top of the world, and very certain of his own ideas and opinions.  He would wax poetic about anything and everything, and when caught out, laugh read on

Reflection: July 1

         At BC Conference a month ago, I was asked on more than one occasion, “How long have you been in Nelson, now?”  I’d answer, “23 years.”  For some, that would prompt a conversation, and for others, they’d walk away shaking their heads.  One conversation I had was with Bruce Comrie, who’s the lead minister read on

Reflection: June 17

Pray with me. Holy God, you created the heavens and the earth.  You dwell in far-off galaxies and nebulae. You gave light to countless burning stars. But you also dwell in the tiniest of seeds, in the spark of life waiting to grow into something larger.  You see in us, unready and flawed as we may read on

Reflection: June 10

“We look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.”  (2 Corinthians 4:18) It is easy to get distracted by the things we see – a beautiful actress walking down the red carpet in a sparkling gown, read on