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11 February 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Good Grief

On Monday I went to a forum (basically a 30 min time slot in which there is a 20-25 min presentation and then a Q&A time following) on grief. The speaker was from a local counseling place and she was amazing. I learned more in her 25 minute presentation than I have in the last […]

09 February 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Self-Induced Suffering aka Actif Epica

I started cycling about 4 years ago. I had done some mountain biking previously, some XC-type stuff, but nothing major. From the moment I first hopped on a road bike, I loved it. They just WENT. There was no resistance, there were no knobby tires to cause friction, a little bit of power and the […]

06 February 2015 ~ 2 Comments

Growth Through Grief

Growth is found when we come through times of pain, heartache, and darkness, and this last year has definitely included a whole lot of all three. In conversation yesterday, I was talking about these dark times and what I have learned and how these lessons will help me as a pastor, not just vocationally, but […]

05 February 2015 ~ 1 Comment

Exploring God’s Will

I’ve recently begun the process of applying to become a pastor within Mennonite Church Canada. I’m not looking there exclusively, but it is a denomination within which I am a member and with whom I find myself aligned most closely theologically. That being said, I’m working on the skill of understanding how to pastor in […]

04 February 2015 ~ 3 Comments

The Haze is Lifting

I feel like I’m finally coming out of a haze that has enveloped me for the last year. A haze that has made everything muddy, that slowed down my thinking, and impaired my judgement. I was quicker to snap, my temper flared, and I found myself not caring about the things I once cared about. […]

03 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

God as Refuge in a Time of Grief

Since Derek’s death last year, my faith has gone through a lot of ups and downs. Like that cheesy Footsteps poem and it’s many alternatives, looking back at the last year I see a variety of tracks: two sets of footprints walking side by side, a butt print in the sand, and one set of […]


02 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Thoughts on Matthew 14: 22-33

I’ve had this story stuck in my head recently after talking to a friend about a journey of placing his faith in God and God’s calling in his life. This story was then the subject of a sermon I heard this past weekend, and so I wanted to share my thoughts. Matthew 14: 22-33 Jesus […]

06 June 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Don’t seem to have the words

I keep trying to write out my feelings, but the words don’t seem to flow. They come out haltingly, scattered. I can’t form sentences to adequately explain the feelings that are running through my head, hurting my heart. There seems no end to the pain, not just for me, but for those around me. Friends being […]

28 April 2014 ~ 1 Comment

It’s been good, but it always returns

My last post was mid-March, and this week marks the end of April. I’d say that’s been a pretty good 6 weeks. Well, I’d say that, but in reality I’m not sure if that is so true. It is true that I haven’t thought of Derek much, and when I have it’s been fleeting and […]

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14 March 2014 ~ 1 Comment

Thinking about the Future

I don’t know how to exist without Derek in my future. He’ll always be part of my past, but never again will he be part of my future or my present, and I’ve avoided thinking of him in such. I’ve spend the last two and a half months living in the present, a present devoid […]

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