Wednesday, October 29, 2014


“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” 

- Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pavel Bure tribute video from jersey retirement ceremony

Pavel Bure, my favourite player growing up. My son has since taken on liking Bure, I suppose some nurturing rather then nature has helped this.   He now watches this video on his own, before every one of his Novice games.  Very cute.  And I love it...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The life committed to nothing larger than itself is a meager life indeed.  Human beings require a context of meaning and hope.   We used to have ample context, and when we encountered failure, we could pause and take our rest in that setting - our spiritual furniture- and revive our sense of who we were.  I call the larger setting the commons. It consists of a belief in the nation, in God, in one's family, or in a purpose that transcends our lives.  In the past quarter-century, events occurred that so weakened our commitment to a larger entities as to leave us almost naked before the ordinary assaults of life. 

- Martin Seligman 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Tom's Story // #TryAlpha

I suppose I should update this blog, for those that may accidently stop by... I have recently began work with Alpha Canada, this new beginning is still fresh and full of anticipation and excitement of what God has in store in this ministry.  What is Alpha?  Well it is a tool for the local church, a resource, a model to help churches become invitational, to help churches create space for people to ask life's questions and to wrestle with the answers or lack there of... it is exciting and energizing to be part of something that is seeking to be genuine and honest about faith and life.

As I continue my MA in counselling and work with Alpha I am constantly reminded how fortunate I am to be able to be a part of so many great things and how gracious and gentle Jesus has been with me in my journey.  So I drudge on, seeking, crawling, walking, running and stumbling sometimes all at once it seems, and as I do, I hold to the promise that God has given us; "Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jer. 29:12,13 NIV)

Here is a promo for Alpha: