It’s 2019 – and I still shake my head at how the church still treats women

It’s 2019 – and I shake my head at how the church still treats women. It’s been… Ninety-nine years since [most] American women got the vote. Ninety-four years since Nellie Ross was elected Governor of Wyoming. Fifty-three years since Indira Gandhi became Prime Minister of India. Fifty years since Golda Meir became Prime Minister ofContinue reading “It’s 2019 – and I still shake my head at how the church still treats women”

IM Book Review: In His Majesty’s Secret Service

A little over thirty years ago my younger brother, Patrick Bell, left on an adventure. He joined Greg, his best friend from high school, on a clandestine team smuggling bibles behind the Iron Curtain. For two years they crisscrossed Eastern Europe bringing Bibles, medicines, and food to Christians who faced persecution and even death becauseContinue reading “IM Book Review: In His Majesty’s Secret Service”

In Memory of Margaret Mary Peddle (née Milks) (1941-2019)

My mother-in-law passed away Monday morning from a catastrophic stroke that occured the morning before.  She was a remarkable woman in many ways in how she transcended her circumstances and I wanted to pay tribute to her today. Margaret Peddle was raised in various remote communities in Northern Ontario, the largest of which was Englehart,Continue reading “In Memory of Margaret Mary Peddle (née Milks) (1941-2019)”

Escaping the Wilderness – Why have I changed my theological positions?

As I have been exiting the “Evangelical Wilderness”, I have been taking stock of where I fit with some of my theological beliefs. Some of the areas where there is variance between what I believe and what others believe are in the table below. I am solidly in the right hand column in all ofContinue reading “Escaping the Wilderness – Why have I changed my theological positions?”

Mike Bell – Random Stream of Consciousness Edition

My mind has been all over the place this week. Rather than focus on any one thing that I have been thinking about, I thought I would briefly recount a number of ideas that have been percolating in my brain. Feel free to pick on whichever ones catch your fancy. 1. Hey, a new pictureContinue reading “Mike Bell – Random Stream of Consciousness Edition”

Escaping the Wilderness: Part 6 – No More “Wretched Urgency”

There is no urgent concern for converting people in the New Testament. Did you get that down? There is also no urgent concern for the numerical growth of churches by the efforts of members to convert others. There are no burgeoning church programs. There are no plans to train everyone to door knock and sellContinue reading “Escaping the Wilderness: Part 6 – No More “Wretched Urgency””

Made in Canada, Eh? – Canada’s New Pope

Tragically the two founders of the “Church of the Universe”, have both recently passed away. I say tragically, because Rev. Tucker and Brother Michael never got to see the day they had long fought for. They were quite the colourful characters as you will read in the links above. Their church considered Pot smoking aContinue reading “Made in Canada, Eh? – Canada’s New Pope”

When being Right is Wrong

I like to be right. I like to debate. Sometimes I forget there are real people on the other side of the discussion, or listening in on the conversation. I remember way back in my university days an acquaintance expressed concern about the nuclear arms race. Sensing a chance for some fun, I immediately arguedContinue reading “When being Right is Wrong”

Escaping the Wilderness: Part 5 – Crab-Apple Rhubarb Jam, and why part of me never left the Evangelical world

Lately I have been in a creative phase where I have enjoyed making boutique jams. I have make thirty seven jars of Black-raspberry, chokecherry, wild grape, wild grape – chokecherry, or crab-apple rhubarb at various times over the summer and fall. Recently I was visiting my parents home about an hour away. I noticed thatContinue reading “Escaping the Wilderness: Part 5 – Crab-Apple Rhubarb Jam, and why part of me never left the Evangelical world”