Advent Expectations I – Hope

  “Comfort, O Comfort O my people…” – Isaiah 40:1 One year. Hard to believe, but it has been one year since I started doing my almost-weekly missives. Simply by the default of the Christian calendar, you’ve come to know them as “Pentecost Ponderings” but they started out in December...

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Pentecost Ponderings: All Hallow’s Eve

This morning I was downstairs speaking to the teachers at Discovery Preschool. I wished them luck today as they try to keep the children focused despite their seething energy in anticipation of tonight’s great candy-grab. In our household, my daughter is quite excited, and Ian while still too young to...

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Pentecost Ponderings: Back in Gear?

Because of Thanksgiving and how my study leave fell, this is the first time I have been in the office since October 3rd! It is also the first time since then that I have actually successfully sat down to write one of my weekly reflections. It’s a good discipline to...

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Pentecost Ponderings: A Lament for a Mentor

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” – Matthew 25:21 Today I am in mourning for a mentor of mine. The Rev. Dr. Tony Plomp died on Saturday after a long illness. When I was at Vancouver School of Theology, he was minister at Richmond Presbyterian Church, where I chose to...

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