Questions welcomed

A lot of people think Christianity does not welcome questions, and only offers pat answers.  In the opening pages of his book God is Not Great, the late Christopher Hitchens expresses how a lack of answers to his questions contributed to his rejection of the Christian beliefs he was being taught as a boy at […]

The human face of God

When I was in high school in Hamilton I took the bus to school. One spring as I walked to the bus stop, I passed a young woman sitting in a wheel chair in front of her house, on the other side of the street. Occasionally we would wave to one another, a tentative, small […]

What do you want for Christmas?

What do you want for Christmas? Seriously. Over the past week, I have been in awe of what is on offer. Starbucks is offering a coffee sampler with the heading “Create wonder. Share joy.” At the department store I was transfixed by a product line called Philosophy which offers “Hope in a jar” moisturizer and […]

Twinkle, twinkle little star inspires larger musings

Do you still remember that poem we learned as children?  It still enters my thinking as I gaze into the evening sky and see the bright stars. The ability to wonder is an amazing gift.  Recently at one of our Awana children’s club meetings, our children were asked to share their “wondering” by writing their […]

Building humility and partnership

You may have seen in this paper in December a photo of a dilapidated shack outside St Aidan’s Church. The story accompanying it explained that it was put together by some of St Aidan’s youth, who are preparing to go to Nicaragua during their March break to participate in a building project in a poor […]

Mayor deserves prayer and respect

Rob Ford is still our mayor.   His has become such a household name that even nine-year-olds have opinions about his mayoralty. Before I continue spilling ink with yet another column about our city’s infamous mayor, you might be asking, what does an Open Doors column from one of the local Beach churches have to say […]

What are you hoping for this Christmas?

I dread the day in November when someone flips a switch at all the local radio stations and pop-Christmas music appears, always seeming to arrive too early, and sounding like the soundtrack to the crass commercialization of the Christmas season. Yet somewhere along the road to Dec. 25, I change my tune as I’m singing […]

Learning more than the steps at dance class

How do I get through this crisis?  When writer Anne Lamott asked her friend this question, his response was “Left foot. Right foot. Left foot. Breathe.” In February of this year, I started on a new adventure. It was not a crisis, but certainly a new place of vulnerability and humbleness. I started ballroom dancing. […]

A biblical view of the planet on Earth Day

What is one to say regarding the care for our good earth? The Judeo-Christian account of creation does not set forth a scientific understanding of how the world began, but rather points to why it exists at all. At the end of the first creation account in Genesis 1:31, we hear the words “And it […]

Dealing with cold hard blockheads

This is the time of year when we usually experience ice-like situations. It is not uncommon for a buildup of ice to occur. The challenge that comes is how to get rid of it. There are really only two ways to get rid of a cold, hard block of ice! One way is to pick […]