Freeing the Mind of Negative Thoughts

My positive thoughts, affirmations and visualization aren’t a substitute for discerning God’s will. Nor can my positive thoughts and visualisation substitute the “hard work” of patient trusting and faith that declares “Thy will be done.”

So What If You Had The Guts To Let Go Of Fear?

Lessons Learned From a Career Crisis Although it was a dark rainy night in fall, in my mind everything was as clear as day.  That was back in 1994, a year into my first career in Montreal, Canada and I was having the most difficult, in fact the most traumatic experience of my life.  ItContinue reading “So What If You Had The Guts To Let Go Of Fear?”

3 Lessons from Learning to Listen to God

Feeling vulnerable, confused and anxious come with the territory of personal uncertainty, particularly in relation to life’s big questions – Who should I marry?  Should I take this job?  Where should I live?  Why am I here?  What’s my life’s purpose?    We only find the answers when we find our truth.  Our truth isContinue reading “3 Lessons from Learning to Listen to God”

Bold Faith: Piety, personal agenda or God’s will?

Jesus’ ministry was marked by His preaching to pious, religious, Jewish people, who, by Biblical accounts, held many prejudiced beliefs about Gentiles. In St. Mark’s gospel, the story is told of how Jesus honoured the faith of a Syrophonecian woman as she begged Him to cast a demon out of her daughter. “First let theContinue reading “Bold Faith: Piety, personal agenda or God’s will?”

Women’s rights & freedom of responsible choice

In the week that has followed International Women’s Day, I have read with interest some very impressive statistics on the progress women have made over the years. Earning the right to vote, ascension to leadership in Fortune 500 companies, success in male-dominated professions and legislation protecting safety, pay scales and employment access were in theContinue reading “Women’s rights & freedom of responsible choice”

When turning the other cheek doesn’t work

It took me a really long time to understand Jesus’ teaching about turning the other cheek. But on the day that I did, I gained a whole new perspective on how Christians should respond to oppressive laws, acts of injustice and also when violent, physical retaliation in the form of war, is appropriate. In HisContinue reading “When turning the other cheek doesn’t work”

I don’t believe in work/life balance

Although I tried it for many years, I no longer believe in work/life balance, and here’s why – The term work/life balance implies that there is work and then there are other things in life.  According to this way of thinking, finding the balance means that there has to be a trade-off.  In the end,Continue reading “I don’t believe in work/life balance”

What advertising agencies do for their clients, we’re called to do for Christ.

Originally published on Christ Notes – Week of 23 October 2013 You’ve probably heard these slogans: “Just do it,” “Drivers wanted,” and “It’s everywhere you want to be.” And you’ve almost certainly heard of Nike, Volkswagen, and Visa; however, you probably have never heard of the advertising agencies that coined those slogans: Wieden & Kennedy;Continue reading “What advertising agencies do for their clients, we’re called to do for Christ.”

Prayers of a man in prison

In an earlier post, I observed that the church’s mission goes beyond our preferences and perceptions of how, where and who to serve. The church’s mission is rooted in Jesus’ command in the great commission defined in Matthew 28 v 19 – 20 to teach others about who God is and what it means to followContinue reading “Prayers of a man in prison”

When God sends you to the dogs and pigs

A few years ago, my parents had just returned home from church on Easter Sunday.  They were met at their gate by two people who were going door to door, and in their words, “making disciples, teaching others to observe all that Jesus commanded in the great commission.”   My father pointed out that his wasContinue reading “When God sends you to the dogs and pigs”