The Engineer in Genesis
Creation | Opinion

The Engineer in Genesis

What does technology have to do with the opening chapters of Genesis? At first glance, the creation story seems to speak only of the natural world – skies and seas, fish and birds, stars and planets. However, the first chapters of Genesis provide a crucial frame for understanding the context for all our human cultural…

School’s Out
Creation | Education | Opinion

School’s Out

This is my Father’s world. This is a meaningful phrase to me as I garden, go about my days, and focus my prayers. This line forms the start to a familiar hymn that was inspired by the Niagara Escarpment as its author, Pastor Maltbie D. Babcock, took frequent walks along the beautiful ridge in Lockport, New York 120 years ago.

‘Countering the Throwaway Mindset’
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‘Countering the Throwaway Mindset’

Have you ever noticed that it’s cheaper to replace certain appliances than to fix them? Have you wondered what types or how much garbage your household produces? Digging into these questions can help us figure out how much of the waste we produce is preventable. And the good news is that it’s not hard! COVID-19 has irrevocably altered our daily routines. Maybe this will help speed up current trends in recycling and reducing waste, as we all figure out new methods of sustainability.

Eco Sabbath
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Eco Sabbath

Mid-March, the world seemed to come to a dramatic halt. Planes stopped flying, borders closed, factories shut down, rush-hour traffic vanished. “What if you thought of it / as the Jews consider the Sabbath?” Lynn Ungar asked in her poem Pandemic. “Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling / just for now,” she suggested. As humans have been forced into this time of extended Sabbath to avoid the spread of COVID-19, you might wonder whether the earth is getting a much-needed sabbath from us.

Vocabulary and Birdsong for Children
Creation | Opinion | Youth & Young Adults

Vocabulary and Birdsong for Children

As I write this, our front yard is full of birds. One of my favourites during this late part of April is the white-crowned sparrow, which is making its massive spring migration to the north. My friend Mel Colson says that the male’s mating call is this: poor-Will-peeeeed-his-pants. I wouldn’t forget that mnemonic device soon. (Remember that word to impress your teacher or parents.)

Song Sleuth
Creation | Opinion

Song Sleuth

I am not an early technology adopter. I obtained my first “smart” phone from one of my daughters about two years ago. She had emailed me to say not to try to phone her since her cell phone was inoperable. She had dropped it in the toilet. She begged me not to ask for the details.

Promised land and secret rivers
Creation | Opinion

Promised land and secret rivers

Once freed, Thornhill falls in love with a piece of land on the Hawkesbury River. He has a visceral desire for ownership that can be known only to someone who has never been allowed to own anything, and has grown up in a culture where ownership of property confers dignity upon a man. It never crosses Thornhill’s mind that this sense of entitlement to a hundred acres of “free” land might be misplaced because it is already occupied.