Good News: Blue Christmas

Good News

Advent is one of my favourite seasons of the year. It allows us to prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Last year we started at Queen Street Baptist Church to observe something […]

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Good News: Take Me to Church

Good News

Our son Justus has been trying to figure out his own way when it comes to faith. We have purposely not pushed him. We don’t want to pressure him to be a certain way just […]

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Good News: Feeling a Bit Better

Good News

For the past number of months, I have been experiencing a sarcoidosis flare. This has been frustrating because my respirologist increased my dosage of prednisone to try and knock it into remission, but instead of […]

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Good News: Perhaps Pushing 50

Good News

As I write this, it is the night before my 49th birthday. Typically I have described myself as pushing 40… from the other direction… with a running start. Perhaps it is time to admit that […]

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Good News: A Spiritual Potluck

Good News

Baptists sometimes joke that potluck meals are another sacrament alongside communion and baptism. I actually think there is a good biblical basis for the importance of the church eating together. But that is for another […]

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What a Rush!

This should have been a rotten day. We have been trying to buy a house and today we found out it wouldn’t work. Part of this was because of results of a home inspection that […]

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Good News: Mental Health and Addictions Workshop

Good News

We had a young man named Brandon as a part of Queen Street Baptist Church. Brandon was intelligent and friendly. He also suffered from mental health and addictions. Unfortunately, Brandon died of an overdose a […]

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Good News: Blessed With a Great Wife

Good News

I have been experiencing a flare in my sarcoidosis in recent months. A month or so ago my respirologist increased my prednisone to try and knock it back into remission. While the prednisone has brought […]

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My 25 Most Popular Blog Posts

Personal Reflections

I have been blogging for over ten years. Although this blog is not that old, I have imported the content of my previous blogs into this blog. I find it interesting to look at what […]

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Good News: Thankful to Be Pastoring Again

Good News

It is hard to believe that only three years ago, I didn’t think that I would ever pastor a church again. It is not that I had a bad experience at my previous churches. I […]

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Good News: 17 Things I’m Thankful For

Good News

Since I’m writing this the Thanksgiving weekend of 2017, I thought I would share 17 things that I’m thankful for. The short mention given to each does not represent the depth of my thankfulness. I […]

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Health Update

I have no desire to be complainer when it comes to my health or any other issue. I’m generally a positive person and I’m thankful for all the blessings I enjoy. Having said that, I […]

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Good News: Ride for Refuge

Good News

Over the past number of years, I have had the honour of getting to know the work of Christian Horizons. Just a month ago, I was able to be the speaker at their family retreat. […]

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Good News: The Church That Eats Together

Good News

I really enjoyed church this morning. It was a great time of worshiping and praying together. But beyond that, it was a great time to eat together. I’m not trying to be unspiritual. I love […]

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The Hardest Job I Have Ever Had

I have been engaged in a number of roles throughout my life. I have been a pastor, teacher, chaplain, salesperson, warehouse worker, painter and numerous other things. But there is one job that I have […]

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Good News: A Church That is Willing to Change

Good News

My Good news has to do with the church that I pastor, Queen Street Baptist Church. Churches, and especially Baptist churches, are not known for their eagerness to change. I sometimes joke, “We don’t mind […]

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It Never Fully Goes Away

One of the most frequent questions I get as a pastor is whether the grief from losing a loved one ever gets easier. I can only answer from my own experience. Today, I had to […]

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Good News: A Joyful Visit

Good News

As I write this, it is two days before our daughter Abby’s fifteenth birthday. It is hard to believe she is well into her teens. It feels like only yesterday she was our little baby. […]

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Good News: One of the Best Weeks Ever

Personal Reflections

This past week was one of the best weeks of my entire life. Our family was able to attend the Christian Horizons Family Retreat at Elim Lodge. The initial reason for attending was that I was […]

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Good News: Family Reunion

Good News

A number of years ago, our daughter Emma casually remarked, “It would be neat to find out that you had a brother or sister that you never knew about.” Little did she know that was […]

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Good News: Four Years Later

Good News

It was four years ago that my father-in-law came to our house and drove me to the hospital. I had been sick for some time and the walk-in clinic was not able to figure out […]

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Good News: Speaking the Truth About Mental Health

Good News

Moving back to St. Catharines has brought back many memories. Today was one of those days, but in two different ways. This morning, after preaching at Queen Street Baptist Church, we went to Central Community […]

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Returning to the Place of Sorrow

I led a funeral service today. That is not a surprise as I am a pastor. Some pastors do a couple of funerals per week. Thankfully that is not my experience. But this was different. […]

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Good News: Good Cheap Fun

Good News

We get a visit from Logan and Abby every other weekend. Abby is happy to come for day visits but Logan likes to stay over night. Whether it is the autism or being a teenager, […]

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Good News: Fun on the Beach

Good News

Recently I brought my children to the pool where I learned to swim. Today, I took my son to the beach where I also spent many hours as a child. We went to Lakeside Park […]

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Swimming Down Memory Lane

I will confess that I’m a nostalgic kind of guy. Moving back to St. Catharines has only intensified that. We have had a membership at an indoor pool but they have been closed for a […]

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Good News: A Proud Dad

Good News

This past week, our three youngest children were away at camp. When I arrived to pick them up, the leader of Justus’s cabin immediately sought me out. There was a moment of panic as I […]

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Good News: Proud of My School Girl

Good News

This spring and summer has been busy for our household. But I say this as good news and not bad news. The good news is that Amanda has started her studies at Brock University. This […]

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How I Lost Five Pounds in My First Week of Dieting

Weight Loss

Age definitely affects our metabolism and how we keep or lose weight. I was under weight and stayed at that weight (+/- 5 lbs) for my teens and twenties. As soon as I hit thirty, […]

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Good News: Fun With the Kids

Good News

School is finished for the kids and summer is upon us. What should we do? They often ask us to take them shopping (usually for toys). The truth is they get bored of what we […]

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Good News: Thankful to Be Back in Pastoral Ministry

Good News

If you spoke to me three or four years ago about my career goals, being a pastor would not have been high on the list. Despite spending a long time in school training to be […]

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Good News: A Good Father’s Day

Good News

Father’s Day is always a mix of emotions for me as I miss my dad. Although it has been thirteen years since he died, I still feel the loss every Father’s Day. Having said that, […]

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Good News: Bedards Assemble!

Good News

This past week was our annual assembly of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. I have only missed only a couple of these assemblies in my twenty years with the CBOQ. This year was […]

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Good News: First Communion

Good News

Today may have been one of the most amazing mornings at church in my life. I shared a couple of weeks ago about how we brought our son with autism to church for the first […]

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Good News: 184th Anniversary

Good News

No, I don’t mean our marriage anniversary. I’m not quite that old. Today was our 184th anniversary service at Queen Street Baptist Church. That is a long time for a church. When I look in […]

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Good News: Bringing Our Son to Church

Good News

Today was one of the happiest Sundays in my life. Many people take it for granted that they can go to church as a family. In our case, our two oldest children have autism and […]

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Good News: Smiling Our Faces Off

Good News

This week included a day off school for our children. After spending some of the day at a church program, two of our daughters had a sleep over with friends, leaving us just with Justus. […]

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Good News: My Wife is an Amazing Mother

Good News

My tendency on Mother’s Day is to focus on how much I miss my own mother, who died almost ten years ago. But in doing that, I would miss the incredible blessing of my wife […]

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What Does a Sarcoidosis Flare-up Look Like?

Sarcoidosis

The experience of people with sarcoidosis varies considerably. Many people diagnosed with sarcoidosis go into remission relatively quickly after treatment and never suffer another symptom. Other people are not helped by the treatment and the […]

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What is PMDD?

PMDD

I am the husband of a woman who has long suffered with PMDD. What is PMDD? PMDD is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. You can find some more information here. This is not exactly the same as […]

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Good News: 4 Things I’m Thankful For

Personal Reflections

My plan is to highlight one thing per week that I’m thankful for. Today I have decided to share four things for my Good News. The first is that today is our daughter Faith’s ninth […]

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Good News: Our Son is Back

Good News

Although I don’t talk about it as much as our children with autism, we also have a child with ADHD. Some may think that ADHD is not near as serious as autism but there have […]

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Good News: A Blessed Easter

Good News

Some pastors may dread Easter because of the extra services but I love it. This entire weekend has been great. We had a very meaningful Maundy Thursday service at our church that included foot washing […]

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Good News: Double Shot

Good News

There are actually two things that I want to share for my weekly Good News post. The first is that I want to share how much I’m enjoying my role as pastor of Queen Street […]

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Good News: Thankful For Autism Awareness

Good News

About fourteen years ago, when our son Logan was diagnosed with autism, I was pretty ignorant about autism. I only knew what I saw in Rainman and St. Elsewhere. Many of our friends and family […]

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Good News: Daddy-Daughter Date

Good News

I have mentioned previously that we plan to go swimming as a family every Sunday night. While that doesn’t always work out, sometimes it is for the best. Amanda is still recovering from her surgery […]

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Good News: Thankful for Opportunities

Good News

I have no desire to boast but I’m so thankful for the opportunities that have come my way. Not only do I get to be the pastor at Queen Street Baptist Church, some other great […]

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Good News: Recovering Well

Good News

It is easy to come up with Good News this week. A few days ago, Amanda had some surgery. It was a planned surgery and one we have been waiting for. It was serious enough […]

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Good News: Finally Got a Date!

Good News

It’s pretty easy to come up with Good News today. After a long dry spell, I finally got to go on a date with Amanda. At one time we were able to go out on […]

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Good News: Seeing the Big Picture

Good News

The purpose of my Good News post is to pick one good thing that has happened as a way for me to keep positive. While there is often one thing that stands out, this time […]

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Good News: 17 Years!

Good News

Today is Amanda and my 17th wedding anniversary. Seventeen years ago on this day we were recovering from a snow storm that left me stuck in my parents’ driveway, while Amanda (wearing her veil) was […]

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Good News: Introducing My Son to My Church

Good News

Normally, when a person begins as a pastor at a church, they bring their entire immediate family with them. But our family is not normal. Our two oldest children have autism and they live in […]

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Good News: Being Uncle Steve

Good News

Family has always been an important part of my life. Being an only child, I do not take family for granted. Aunts, uncles and cousins were important relationships. Unfortunately, being an only child limits my […]

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Good News: Glad to Be Where I Am

Good News

Today was the annual meeting at Queen Street Baptist Church. An annual meeting may not sound like a lot of fun but it was an important reminder for me. At our annual meeting, we looked […]

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Good News: Thesis Writing

Good News

My Good News for this week is that I took a week off work. This was no vacation but time for me to work on my thesis. I am in the Doctor of Ministry program […]

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Good News: Thankful for My Health

Personal Reflections

It might seem surprising that my Good News is that I’m thankful for my health. After all, I do still have sarcoidosis, diabetes and asthma. That doesn’t sound very good. However, everything is relative. Less […]

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Good News: A Watered Down Tradition

Personal Reflections

This is a time when many people are trying to make changes to improve an area of their life. One of the things our family has decided is to have a regular Sunday swim. Amanda […]

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Good News: Five Things I’m Thankful For From 2016

Good News

As I look back on 2016, there were some challenging events, but there were also many blessings. There were five things that stood out that I’m thankful for. These five things are my Good News. […]

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My Goals for 2017

Goals

Some people reject New Year’s resolutions as mostly leading to failure. However, I believe that goals are important, whether made at the beginning of a new year or at any other time. I looked back […]

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Good News: A Wonderful Christmas

Good News

My Good News post comes easy this week. We had one of the most enjoyable Christmases in a long time. There was so much about it that was good. It started with Christmas Eve. This […]

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Good News: A Full Day at Church

Good News

I’m just coming to the end of my first year at Queen Street Baptist Church and I’m still loving it. Today was no exception. It was a very full day. The morning began with our […]

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Good News: Teen Challenge

Good News

My Good News for today is about a great service we had this morning at Queen Street Baptist Church. We were blessed to have Teen Challenge join us. If you are not familiar with Teen […]

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Good News: Proud of Amanda

Good News

My wife has not tried to hide the struggles she has experienced. I won’t go into them here, but you can read about it in her words at her blog. I’m proud of Amanda for […]

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Good News: Long Lost Family

Good News

I thought I knew what my Good News post was going to be. It was a year ago that we were making our move from Cambridge to St. Catharines. Although there have been some challenges […]

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Good News: A Great Birthday

Good News

Normally, I don’t make a big deal of birthdays. While I reflect on a new year of life, I don’t expect much in terms of celebrations. However, this was one of the most enjoyable birthdays […]

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Good News: Diversity Within the Church

Good News

My good news for this week has to do with our church. I really love Queen Street Baptist Church for a number of reasons. One of the big ones is the diversity within our church. […]

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Don’t Forget the Afghanistan Veterans

Afghanistan Veterans

I find Remembrance Day to be one of the most moving times of the year. It has had an impact on me ever since I was a child and stood at a cenotaph and watched […]

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Good News: Being a Model Parent

Good News

My good news for this week actually brings together two other things that I have recently gotten involved in. I have started keeping a Sabbath, as described in this post. My Sabbath keeping (which I […]

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Good News: Rhythm Section

Good News

My good news for this week has to do with a decision my son and I have made. I am very sensitive about trying to force my children to go to church. There definitely is […]

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Good News: The Present of Presence

Good News

One of the highlights of my life is our regular visits with our children Logan and Abby. Logan and Abby both have autism and they live in a group home about an hour away. This […]

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5 Things I Love About Used Bookstores

Used Bookstores

I absolutely love books and I really enjoy getting new books. By “new” I mean new to me. I’m quite fine purchasing used books. In fact, visiting used bookstores is one of my favourite things […]

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Good News: Thankful for Queensway

Good News

Today Amanda and I took a trip to Brantford for Ryan Marthinsen’s ordination at Queensway Baptist Church. Ryan is the pastor of family ministries at Queensway. We wanted to be there because during my time […]

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Watching Television: Things Have Changed

Television

Tonight I was watching the season premier of Supergirl, guest-starring Superman (see my thoughts on the episode here) with my ten year old son. For television, we only have Netflix, but since Supergirl is not […]

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Good News: 7 Things I’m Thankful For

Good News

This is Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. Many people are reflecting on their blessings and I will do the same. I’m going to share seven things that I’m thankful for. There are of course many more […]

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Faith Living Up to Her Name

Our youngest daughter’s name is Faith. Yesterday she did something that me very happy. Her class had to do a Thanksgiving assignment that included the things that they are thankful. It includes many of the […]

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5 Reasons I Decided to Build Model Airplanes

Model Airplanes

I did something that seems like a little thing but is important to me. I bought a model airplane kit. Specifically a Spitfire MKII. Why would a (almost) 48 year old man buy a model airplane […]

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Good News: A Great Day at Church

Good News

Today was a wonderful day at Queen Street Baptist Church. We started something new with including the children in the service for the first Sunday of the month. Some of the children (including one of […]

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Good News: Diversity in the Church

Good News

I have really been enjoying my time as the pastor of Queen Street Baptist Church. I have been at this church for just less than a year but it feels like longer (in a good […]

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Me

How well do you know me? The readers of this blog are a mix of people who know me and complete strangers. I’m pretty open about who I am, but there is probably a lot […]

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Good News: Encouraged By Church

September is the beginning of the new ministry year at church. This is also my first September at Queen Street Baptist Church. I always hope for good things but at the same time I never […]

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Good News: Happy Birthday Abby!

Good News

Tomorrow is our daughter Abby’s fourteenth birthday. It is hard to believe that she is this old already. It seems like only yesterday that we were bringing her home from the hospital. Abby is a […]

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Good News: Love My Kids

Good News

This past week, we had our two children with autism come for a visit. It was nice in that our other three children were away at camp and so things were a bit quieter in […]

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Good News: Thankful for Every Blessing

Good News

I try to share one Good News story every week as a way to keep me thankful. Tonight, I was looking at my computer and was not sure what to say. There was no one […]

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Good News: Storytime

Good News

Three of our children just returned from a week at camp. I will admit, it is nice to have a bit of a break when they go to camp. At the same time, I miss […]

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Good News: Going Back to a Job I Love

Today is the last day of three weeks of vacation. In many ways, it has gone by very quickly. We didn’t go away anywhere for vacation but it was still fun to have family time. […]

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6 Things You Should Know About Sarcoidosis

Personal Reflections

I have a disease that is called sarcoidosis. A lot of people have never heard of sarcoidosis. In order to increase awareness, I would like to share six things that you should know about sarcoidosis. […]

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Good News: Teaching at Tyndale

Good News

I just finished teaching a course on the Apostle Paul at Tyndale University College. I have been teaching for the adult modular program at Tyndale since 2010. I still remember being contacted by Daniel Wong […]

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Health Update

In my last health update, I reported that I had developed diabetes after having begun a prednisone treatment for my sarcoidosis. It has been a while since then, so I thought I would give a […]

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Autism Can Include Good News

Good News

I post a weekly Good News post. I started this a number of years ago during a dark time in my life. It was a way of looking past all the difficulties and finding something […]

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Good News: Vacation Time!

Good News

It is easy to come up with good news today. Today is the start of three weeks of vacation. What makes this better, is that my excitement is not about the chance to get away […]

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Good News: A Gift to an Introvert

Good News

This has been a different kind of a week for me. For the past week, three of our children were away at camp. That by itself is good news as they had a very fun time. […]

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Good News: There Was Praise in the Park

Good News

My good news for this week was about a fantastic church service we had this morning. Queen Street Baptist Church had our annual (and my first) outdoor service at Montebello Park. I really did not […]

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Reflecting on My Anglican Heritage

Today was a bit of a blast from the past. I was blessed to be able to have tea with Jim Powell, who was the minister of St. James Anglican Church, the church I grew […]

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Good News: A Much Better Week

Good News

Last Sunday in my Good New post, I shared that it had been a difficult couple of days. I did not give many details about what happened and I will not in this post either. […]

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5 Reasons I Love Being a Canadian

Today is Canada Day and it is natural for me to be reflecting on what it means to be Canadian. I must say that I’m very proud to be a Canadian and truthfully, I would […]

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