Vocabulary and Birdsong for Children
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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.)

Called to Account
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Called to Account

In this season of my life, the Lord has granted me a front row seat to what he’s up to in the lives of the “rising generations.” I’d like to serve as an ambassador between the rising generations and our church. Young adults love Jesus. They’re great with Jesus, but they’re much more skeptical when it comes to the church. Their concerns can be roughly gathered into three categories: money, sex and power. These are old gods – Mammon, Eros, Mars. And our young adults are warning us that these old gods are seducing the church in ways that they find deeply troubling. Let’s look in particular at money.

Risks Worth Taking

Risks Worth Taking

Last September, I was halfway up the mast of a tall ship when the world shifted beneath my feet. When I began my ascent, the ships’ heel over offered a favourable climbing slope. But just as the soggy rope ladder narrowed towards the top, we rounded a race buoy, the skipper called for a change of course and the whole vessel lurched to the opposite side.

Portable Classrooms
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Portable Classrooms

There was a time in the distant past when “distance education” meant sending letters to an instructor far away by post. In the long-distant past, you could do distance education by sending cassette tapes to an instructor in the mail. And just yesterday, distance education was about sitting down in front of a desktop or laptop computer and doing education over the internet.