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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Pentecost Ponderings: Secret Friends Edition

One of the things that I have been trying to encourage here at St. Matthew’s, if somewhat indirectly, is a “permission-giving” model of being. Unfortunately, one thing that churches in general have often done is invest in a lot of time and energy to say “no.” The idea is that...

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Pentecost Ponderings: Time

Time, like an ever rolling stream, Bears all its sons away; They fly, forgotten, as a dream Dies at the opening day. -From Isaac Watts, O God our Help in Ages Past, 1719, based on Psalm 90 As I was explaining to a few people this past Sunday, I often...

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Pentecost Ponderings: Back to School

  Today is Megan’s first day of Grade 6. She, of course, was embarrassed that her parents came out and took pictures, and her brother Ian so desperately wanted to get on the bus with her. Appropriately enough, the weather this morning was cool, almost fall-like and suddenly we are...

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Pentecost Ponderings: Toddler Edition

  Nothing puts the passage of time into perspective like birthdays. Yes, mine is coming up in a week, but in this case, my point of reflection is my son’s. Ian turned 2 years old yesterday. No longer is he “23 months” or “almost 2,” he’s now 2. From here...

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