Good News: The Last Step

Personal Reflections

A number of years ago, I released from the Canadian Armed Forces reserves in which I had served as a chaplain. I released not because I didn’t like it but because of my health. I […]

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Good News: Family Workout

Good News

Working out is something that is important to me, especially as I’m now in my 50s. I have been a part of a gym in the past. The struggle I had was that it took […]

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Good News: A Painful Reminder

Good News

That is a strange title. But this is what I mean. I have a disease called sarcoidosis. I have been doing very well with it and have enjoyed the best health I have had in […]

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Good News: Feeling the Best in a Long Time

Good News

Long-time readers of my personal blog will know that I have had some health struggles over the past couple of years. My main struggle is sarcoidosis. The main problems this has caused me include muscle […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Get Some Exercise

Pastor

In my first four months as a paid pastor, I gained about thirty pounds. This was the result of two things. One that I was spending much of my time getting together with youth at […]

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Good News: Better Health

Good News

The past six months or so have not been great for me health-wise. My sarcoidosis has been acting up and with that, my diabetes. I don’t say this to complain. My good news is that […]

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Good News: Amanda is Recovering Well

Good News

My wife Amanda had surgery on Friday. The surgery she had was a gastric bypass, which is fairly serious surgery. Thankfully the surgery went well and Amanda is recovering. I haven’t seen Amanda since before […]

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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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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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6 Steps I Take Toward Healthy Ministry

Ministry

As I write this, it is the beginning of September. As a pastor of a church, in many ways this is the beginning of the ministry year. After a couple of months of a relaxed […]

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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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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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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: 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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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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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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Healing and the Prosperity Gospel

Prosperity Gospel

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction It was about thirty years ago. I was up early to catch a plane to go to Florida for March Break with my friends. I was […]

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Health Update

The last number of years have not been great with my health. My mid-forties hit me pretty hard. It all began with the sudden appearance of sarcoidosis, although I did not get that diagnosis until […]

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Good News: Getting Acquainted With Diabetes

Although I would not consider my recent diagnosis with diabetes good news, I must say that this week has not been without good news. I have had the shadow of diabetes over me for some […]

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Good News: Thankful for the Health I Have

Good News

I was told that my health would go down hill once I hit my 40s. I didn’t believe them. Why should there be something dramatic about this decade? Now I believe. About three years ago, […]

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Doctor’s Calls and Hospital Brawls

I don’t usually use my blog to report my day’s events but yesterday was something different. I had a simple plan for the day. I was going to a pastor’s workshop in Etobicoke, then I […]

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Sarcoidosis Update

As you may or may not know, two years ago I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis. It has been a while since I have given an update. What is sarcoidosis? You are not alone in not […]

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Thankfulness Can Be a Pain

As of yesterday, I began having another sarcoidosis flareup (or that is when I began to notice it). What does this look like? My appetite has been down, I am more tired than usual (and […]

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Getting Some Exercise

Personal Reflections

I can almost guarantee that this good news post has nothing to do with what you think. It is true that it is about health and my physical state but it is not about running […]

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So Many Blessings

Personal Reflections

Some weeks are easier than others to write my good news post. This was one of my easier weeks. We received a number of fantastic blessings this week. One of the most important for me […]

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Light in Darkness

So this has not been a great weekend for me. As I recently blogged, my sarcoidosis is now active in my eyes and is causing quite a bit of pain. In addition, the sarcoidosis is […]

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Sarcoidosis: The Eyes Have It

I have no intention of making this blog a place to complain about my health issues. However, sarcoidosis is so poorly known that I feel obligated to educate people about it. I recently blogged about […]

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Sarcoidosis is a Pain

I have told the story of how I discovered that I had sarcoidosis. At the time I was first sick, I was convinced that I had lymphoma and finding out that I had sarcoidosis was […]

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Piling On the Good News

If you follow my good news posts, you will know that I have had some rough weeks where it was hard to find the good news. That was not the case this week. Here is […]

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Sarcoidosis: A Year and a Half Later

I realized that it has been a while since I gave a health update and I do get asked about it regularly. For those of you new to this blog, here is a bit of […]

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Birthday Reflections

Today is my 46th birthday. My personality would lead me to look back on my life. However, I am making a choice to look to the future. I have decided to make some goals for […]

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An Eye to the Past and an Eye to the Future

Personal Reflections

For the last few days I have felt as if I am having a sarcoidosis flare up. What does that look like? I am more tired than ever. My usually energizing 20-minute nap does not […]

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The FORCE is With Me

This morning I went to do my army physical. It is something called the FORCE test. Is it a super hard physical test? Probably not. A healthy soldier in their early twenties should be able […]

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Full Steam Ahead

Personal Reflections

For the last number of months I have been working only part-time at Faith Today. The reason for this was my health. My sarcoidosis was hitting me hard. While I had pain, the worst part […]

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Thankful For What I Have

Good News

We are not the richest family. We do not have all the gadgets and gizmos. You probably won’t drive by our house or car and struggle with envy. But money is not everything. Last year […]

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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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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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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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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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Health, Sex and the End of the World

In Hitchens’ chapter “A Note on Health, to Which Religion Can Be Hazardous,” he continues his tirade against religion.  This chapter is really just more of the same.  Hitchens’ goal is not to offer a […]

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