Some Vapid Life Celebration


 There’s nothing like some vapid Life Celebration to raise my ire.

 Since for me the event feels empty and fake.

 In a word, unreal, for it is as if nobody died.

 So a certain dimension …

On Being Your Own Damn Light


 What does it mean “to be a light unto yourself”?

 Two particular contexts come to mind.

 The first is the Buddhist context. When the Buddha was dying, he encouraged his followers …

Reflections on a Long Marriage

  I was 28 years old when I delivered my first sermon at Northmount Baptist Church in Calgary, Alberta. (1981)

 It was called How Turkeys can Learn to Fly like Eagles.

 It held …



 Recent news has left me awestruck - the birth of a grandchild, another in the oven, and a wedding, only months away.  

 Life feels utterly significant - absolutely full of meaning - …

True Skepticism

Woman Meditating In Lotus Pose On The Beach At Sunset

  I begin each day with early morning meditation followed later by a workout of indoor cycling, weights and Yoga.

 After breakfast I open a Prayer book, read Scriptures and then …

Hobby Horse Theorizing


 David Hume, the father of modern skepticism, wrote that upon leaving the privacy of his study that "he thinks the way ordinary people think”  thereby admitting (with a refreshing …

What Little I Know


 I live with a sense of God that I can barely explain. (And don’t trust anyone who can)

 About this sense of the Divine I pause... I hesitate... I stammer and stutter. 

 For there …

Open to Everything, believing Nothing


  There’s been no golden age when all dreams came true. Nor will there be.

 And so to imagine that there’s no heaven, only earth below, is the greatest of fantasies, a pagan dreaminess, …

Start Close In


 The change you want (and may not want!) always begins with some small step.

 Which is not - let me qualify -  just any old step, but a step of integrity towards the truth. And …

My Absolute Desire


 David Berman, a retired Philosophy Professor at Trinity College, Dublin, says that there is nothing more important than to “work out what your absolute desire is and then go in …