• Posted on November 30, 2010

Photos I took in the wood shop (researching craftsmanship)

Here are a few quick pics I took at a friend’s wood shop yesterday. 

  • Posted on September 27, 2010

Jesus at The Arcade Fire concert

“This concert experience was totally different because of what we did at church this morning,” said Kailey, a fellow New Hoper who sat (stood dancing) beside me at the Arcade Fire explosion last night.   She’s right.  It was… for me too.  I must have seen twenty of the the same people who were in church that morning, that […]

  • Posted on June 13, 2010

an ant

I took this picture of an ant the other day.  I love the diffused feel of it.   For months now I’ve been thinking about preaching on ants.   The idea of their collective mind doing more than any individual ant can do is intriguing.  Scientists and church communities operate the same way.

  • Posted on May 01, 2010

aliens among us

Stephen Hawking’s recent comment that an alien visit would not work out well for us – just like Columbus’ visit wasn’t very good for the natives – shocked a lot of souls.  When someone this esteemed makes this kind of comment you have to listen.  Last month 22,000 people were asked if they believed that […]

  • Posted on April 13, 2010

the parable of manna from hell

This Sunday I’m going to be preaching on a modern day parable about the crash of a Nicaraguan drug plane.    (here’s a pdf of the story) What do you think God is saying through this? Short video of this sermon – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I-CBSl5R0A Full video – http://blip.tv/file/3508929

  • Posted on February 24, 2010

Hallowed be thy game

Hockey is a unique product of Canada’s divine cultural calling — and one of its best. This Sunday a sacred ritual will play out. And the faithful will gather from sea to sea to sea. Congregating on the edges of our couches, eyes glued to our sets, we’ll get caught up in an ecstasy, lost […]

  • Posted on January 04, 2010

Seeing God in a Defense Attorney

One day I’d like to preach on the justice system; how God is revealed through our society’s laws. Yesterday I found a great sermon introduction in the person of James Lockyer… Lockyer is a defense lawyer famous in Canada for his work in freeing those unjustly imprisoned. Reading a short biography of the man in […]

  • Posted on March 30, 2009

the parables are everywhere

I just saw this image in an old TIME LIFE book. The caption read, “A six year old orphan from Austria ecstatically embraces a brand new pair of shoes just given to him by the Red Cross.” It’s a powerful image, and in my mind it’s a parable; The parable of the prodigal son… When […]

  • Posted on January 19, 2009

replicate this photograph

Ok, here’s the homework for this Sunday’s sermon on photography. Take a photo that looks like this photo. Try to make it look as much the same as possible. That’s it. It only took me ten seconds to take this very ordinary shot, with no real planning or preparation. So it shouldn’t take you too […]

  • Posted on December 28, 2008

why new hope church?

OK. I need some help for next week Sunday’s message. As I mentioned at church this morning, I want to know why you find a connection with New Hope Church (assumming you do). What is it about this church that makes it relevant to you? Why are you a part of this community? If you […]