Invading Fort York

I spent the day today at Fort York. The reason is that the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil is there until Wednesday. I was there in my role as an army chaplain in case anyone needed to […]

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Autism and Ultrasound Detection

A new study has suggested that routine ultrasounds may be able to detect autism in utero as there is often rapid growth of brains and body. I know that when Logan was diagnosed, they pointed […]

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Loving Cafe Church

Personal Reflections

My good news today is about Cafe Church. Cafe Church is a parallel service with the sanctuary church at Queensway Baptist Church. It is a small intimate gathering of Christians that gets to enjoy the […]

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I Love Saturdays!

Saturdays have quickly become my favourite day of the week. It was not always that way. When I was a pastor, Saturdays were not very relaxing. Even if my sermon (most of the time) or […]

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Parents and Autism

Some research has demonstrated that parents of children with autism often also have some autistic traits. I did not need a research study to tell me that. I see all sorts of autistic traits in […]

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Elementary

Good News

My good news for tonight is that Amanda and I had nice quiet evening. What did we do? We watched Sherlock. I think Sherlock may be the best show I have ever seen. The only […]

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Preaching at Queensway

On July 6, I will have the privilege of preaching at my home church of Queensway Baptist Church in Brantford. I will be continuing the series on 1 & 2 Timothy that we have been […]

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Quality Investments

In previous years, we had quite a time getting Justus to school. He just did not want to go. This year was much different. In fact there were times that Justus was sick and we […]

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Happy (Belated) Vitiligo Day!

Yesterday was Vitiligo Day. What kind of religious or cultural holiday is that? It is actually a day of awareness for a disease called vitiligo. Basically vitiligo is a condition where the skin loses its pigmentation. […]

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Autism and Facial Recognition

One of the things that is common among people with autism is lack of facial recognition. This does not mean that they do not know who is who, rather they cannot recognize facial cues. There […]

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The Rat Patrol

One of the things that I love to do is connect with Justus with something from my childhood. Tonight we cuddled on the couch in my office and watched the old television show The Rat […]

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Developmental Regression and Autism

There is much interest in the regressive form of autism. This is of interest to me as our son experienced this regression, although our daughter did not. If you are interested, you may find this […]

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Why Are People So Interested in Autism?

You do not have to go far to find some blog post, news item, documentary or book on autism. Why are people so interested? Here is a post (see what I mean?) that, among other things, […]

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Autism is Not the Only Disorder That is Growing

Many people are very concerned about the huge increase in autism diagnoses. But it is fair to ask about how autism compares with other neurological disorders. A recent study looked at the prevalence of autism, attention […]

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Brain Trust

I had a follow-up appointment this morning to go over the results of my sleep study. I assumed that they would insist on CPAP machine but I was relieved to have them not even mention […]

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Proud Dad

Good News

Unfortunately I did not make it to church today as I got sick just as we were leaving. This was disappointing for two reasons. One was that Amanda was on the worship team and this […]

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Devotions: Isaiah

A devotion based on Isaiah 1:11-17 Isaiah is one of the most popular books of the Old Testament. It was one of the books most frequently quoted by Jesus. When looking at such a book, […]

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The Biological Basis For ADHD

In most cases ADHD is diagnosed by observation of behaviours. This has led some people to doubt that ADHD is a real disorder. Maybe it is just rowdy young people that parents want medicated to […]

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Connecting With Music

Good News

Tonight Amanda took Justus for his first worship team practice. Justus has some natural talent for music (although not a lot of patience for lessons) and he has a great interest as well. What I […]

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The Passing of a Saint

Personal Reflections

I had the privilege of pastoring at First Baptist Church Meaford for nine years. Every one of the people in the congregation were special. One couple in particular that I respected were Harry and Nell […]

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The High Cost of Autism

I have blogged about this before but it is worth returning to. Another study has revealed the high cost of autism. According to this article, “Autism costs the UK more than heart disease, cancer and […]

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Happy Birthday Amanda!

Today is Amanda’s (?)th birthday! I continue to be amazed by this woman. She is an incredible wife and mother. Just yesterday, Justus reminded me that he prefer’s Mother’s Day to Father’s Day because moms […]

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Happy Father’s Day

Father’s Day always has mixed emotions for me. It makes me sad because I miss my dad a lot. It makes me think about all the times that I gave him Old Spice for Father’s […]

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Getting More Productive

Personal Reflections

I have noticed my days getting more productive. I went down in my hours at work because I just was not productive. But I find I have more concentration and am able to get more […]

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Funny Animal Videos

Personal Reflections

There are many times that we struggle to find something to bring us all together. We have different tastes in movies, music and hobbies. But there is one thing that does bring us together. Funny […]

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Respect for the Military

Personal Reflections

Filling your car with gas is normally one of the most boring activities. But not last night. I was in uniform as I heading out to the armoury. I had to fill up before leaving […]

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Time Travel

Letter

What happened today is ironic, since tonight Amanda and I watched the time-travelling X-Men movie. My highlight was walking to the store with Emma (yes the same store I enjoyed going to with Logan). What […]

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Back in My Old Stomping Grounds

Personal Reflections

This morning I had the privilege of preaching for First Baptist Church Owen Sound’s 161st anniversary service. This church is 15 minutes from Woodford Baptist Church and 30 minutes from First Baptist Church Meaford where […]

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Logan Made My Day

Personal Reflections

I just had an experience I never thought I would have. Amanda and the girls went out. Justus was out with his friends. That left Logan and I together. We needed milk so I had […]

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ADHD and Development

I love hearing stories by people with ADHD who articulate what they are going through. This is a great post by Kelly Babcock on the relationship between ADHD and development. It is not near as […]

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Down Memory Lane

Personal Reflections

We recently unlocked the entrance to our crawl space. Justus has spent just about every day down there, bringing boxes out. It is frustrating because our downstairs has become a disaster area. still, there are […]

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Another Health Update

Personal Reflections

So how am I doing? I get asked that a lot. I usually say “fine.”The truth is there is a cloud on the horizon. It was a year ago at this time that my sarcoidosis […]

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A Morning at the Hospital

Personal Reflections

Amanda spent the morning at the hospital today. I won’t go into details as to the nature of the problem. She has more tests tomorrow and we may know more then. Where is good news […]

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Always Loving Logan and Abby

Personal Reflections

Almost every Saturday I have an easy good news item. The reason is that Logan and Abby come for a visit on Saturdays. It is so fun to have them here. We get lots of […]

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The Devastation of Sarcoidosis

Personal Reflections

One of the things I am trying to do is demonstrate that sarcoidosis is more than just the lack of lymphoma. It is very serious. Here is the testimony of a woman in South Africa. […]

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Abby is Not Dead

Personal Reflections

This morning, Abby went into surgery to have three extra teeth removed. She did well, but was pretty cranky about the whole thing. Of course who wouldn’t be? It will be interesting to see her […]

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Happy Birthday Emma!

Personal Reflections

Today is Emma’s seventh birthday! Emma really was our surprise baby. We actually did not know she was coming into our family until the day she was born. But we are very happy that she […]

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Basic Training

Good News

It was two years ago this month that I did my basic training at CFB Borden. At the time, I thought it was one of the most difficult things that I had ever experienced. Tonight […]

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Thunder Bolts and Lightning, Very Very Frightening

Personal Reflections

Today (including last night), I heard some of my favourite sounds. That would be a thunderstorm. I love hearing thunder and seeing lightning. It always has been comforting. Perhaps it is the reminder of the […]

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Emmanuel Bible College

Personal Reflections

One of the things that I am excited about this year is the opportunity to teach New Testament at Emmanuel Bible College.  EBC is a great school in Kitchener, Ontario, not too far from where […]

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. […]

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