Category: Penn of Denn

Spring is here, spring is here, spring is here.  I figure maybe if I use the word spring enough, that maybe spring will come, and warmer weather will spring forth, flowers will spring up and springs will thaw out. I just looked outside, and it seems to be working.  During last week’s snowstorm, someone asked […]

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What makes the difference between simple vandalism and a hate crime?  This past weekend, Easter weekend, two Catholic churches were defaced with misspelt obscenities profaning the name of Jesus. A couple of things I noted. The first was the lack of interest from the media. Apparently, a church being defaced isn’t as newsworthy as a […]

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How responsible are we for our bad behaviour? Tyler Hatch of British Columbia has recently filed a lawsuit against the B.C. Lottery Corp (BCLC) claiming they failed to intervene in the gambling addiction that cost him over half a million dollars. Hatch’s suit alleges “As a result of his compulsive gambling addiction and the failure of […]

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I was reading an article on Cross-Cultural Church Planting awhile back and came across a statement that read, “America has the second largest African American population next to Nigeria.” Maybe I’m just being picky, but my first question was; how many African Americans do they have in Nigeria? It’s interesting how our language changes and […]

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Have I mentioned lately how much I hate winter? My mother says I have always hated winter but that’s not true. There were four years that I kind of enjoyed winter. Of course, those were the four years that we spent in Australia. And the past couple of storms haven’t helped. However, there are a […]

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So, what did you give up for Lent? Anything? I gave up brussel sprouts, snow shovelling and Barry Manilow music. In some churches, that are more traditional than we are, Lent is the 40 days (less Sundays) before Easter and has traditionally been seen as a time to “fast” or give something up for God. […]

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I was robbed and it happened when we were on vacation. While we were away we had the opportunity to attend a couple of presentations that we had been looking forward to. In both cases they didn’t start when they were supposed to start. When the staff finally got around to starting the session they […]

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At first, it just seemed amusing, a little strange but amusing, but when I actually stopped to think about it, amusing became disturbing. A recent article noted that Switzerland and New Zealand have banned the practice of boiling lobsters alive because there are some who think the crustaceans may feel pain. So, what changed the news about […]

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This year Cornerstone was planning on applying for a summer grant to hire a student to assist with our children and youth ministry. But there is a price to be paid.  Not in dollars and cents, the grants are quite generous.  The price to be paid is compliance. If you’ve missed it, the federal government […]

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I remember when gas first got to the dollar mark. There was speculation about how high the price could and would go.   The experts spoke about the impact rising fuel prices would have on the economy and anti-poverty groups warned of the consequences the increased heating oil costs would have on the poor. There was […]

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