I cringe at the thought of guided group tours. I also clutch my wallet tightly. I just don’t like the idea of paying someone to stuff me in a bus or a boat and ferry me around telling me what to look at. And yet somehow, I was persuaded to take my family on the…

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It’s a common misconception that the Canadian prairies don’t have mountains. We do. We have an abundance of them! Between December and April, you’ll find them in the corners of many parking lots and on vacant land, just like the mountain my brother-in-law climbed in the photo above. But as I went for a walk…

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Jesus was on his way home, and choosing to take the quick route, was passing through the region of Samaria. This was the land of the Samaritans, a people despised by Jews, half-breeds due to the Jewish people intermingling with Gentiles long ago when Israel’s northern kingdom was conquered. We’re told Jesus was weary. Imagine…

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The following article was published on the faith page of the Winnipeg Free Press on May 1, 2020. I had just finished a very encouraging conversation. It was in mid-March, and a friend in my congregation was going through a difficult time. We got together for an evening to talk. It was quite late when…

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The last seven days of Jesus’ earthly mission – traditionally called Holy Week – were full of fears and signs. We need to notice both. Mark 10:32 tells us that the crowds following Christ on the road to Jerusalem “were afraid”. Jesus had become famous and he had powerful enemies in Jerusalem (John 11:8; 12:24).…

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It doesn’t feel a stretch to think of living in a growing pandemic as being like entering a wilderness – it’s full of unknowns, there’s a harshness about it, it’s a place of isolation. And it can also involve loss. I don’t mean loss of life, though that’s a reality, but I mean a loss…

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By Matt Smethurst, managing editor of The Gospel Coalition, and originally published at www.thegospelcoalition.org It’s now clear that COVID-19 is a deadly serious global pandemic, and all necessary precautions should be taken. Still, C. S. Lewis’s words—written 72 years ago—ring with some relevance for us. Just replace “atomic bomb” with “coronavirus.” In one way we think a…

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In the closing minutes of the film version of The Fellowship of the Ring (part one of The Lord of the Rings), the story’s heroes face a hope-crushing defeat. They get trounced in battle, and scattered from one another. Gimli, Legolas and Aragorn regroup. They are weary and shaken. “So it has all been in…

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Picture this… I’m imagining Jesus out at sea in a creaky, smelly old fishing boat. The waves are happily slapping up against its wooden bow as an exhausted crew “put out into the deep” where Jesus wanted them to let down their nets despite the long fruitless night they’d already endured (Luke 5:1-11). The expressions on the…

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I think I’ve got a silly notion in my head that if an all-powerful God has a sovereign Plan, then His Plan should be accomplished the way a missile takes a straight and steady path toward its target. I mean, when the great God who created all things sets His will to do something, how…

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