October 9, 2019

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is not a cookbook.

Granted, food is mentioned in it. The pages recount Harry’s experience with delicious brews of Butterbeer and the unexpected flavours of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.

But Harry...

August 4, 2019

You matter to God.

Today half-a-million people – the same number as there are residents of Vancouver – will descend upon downtown for a party and spectacle on a size and scale unlike anything else. 

The Prime Minister is here. Downtown Roads will be closed for three stra...

April 19, 2019

Good Friday is about Good News.

December 3, 2018

Every premise of the Santa story is ridiculous, and any detective can quickly gather the facts and conclude the whole thing is a hoax. Worse than that, the idea of Santa manipulates children’s behaviour – forcing them be nice, not naughty – and teaching them Christmas...

November 11, 2018

Today we remember.

Remembrance is about memory: it is about looking back and considering with gratitude the sacrifice of so many who gave so much, so you and I may live today in a nation of peace, of multi-culturalism and immigration, of acceptance and goodwill.

But reme...

October 22, 2018

The Shock and Sting of Death 

A prominent American pastor – Eugene Peterson, died today. He was 85, and suffering from dementia and heart failure in hospice care. It was not a surprise, and yet death it seems is always a shock.

Death intrudes uninvited into our lives. De...

May 10, 2018

By the time you read this the celebrated scientist David Goodall chose to end his life through physician-assisted suicide. “I am not happy, I want to die.” he told reporters.

Goodall deemed his life worthless– more a burden to him than a blessing. Is he wrong?

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I am ant...

May 3, 2018

Life is Sacred.

Life, human life, is the most valuable thing on Earth.

In the wake of the Humboldt Broncos tragedy last month, the importance of hockey (which is highly valued in this country) was instantly eclipsed by the immeasurably greater value of human life. As a n...