Outrageous Grace

I have a little daily calendar that displays a passage from the Message. (Have I told you that I am completely addicted to the Message? I’m even using it this year for my “read through the Bible in a year” readings.) Almost without fail, this little calendar, that I seriously got at a yard sale…

Common Ground in Christ

I got to know who Justin Lee was when I became acquainted with the “Bridges Across the Divide” website. Years before I was even connected with New Direction, the spouse of one of our ministry’s board members was one of the first group to get that site started. Seems like bridging and the ministry of…

Like a Weaned Child

You know those days when you just feel stressed…. Overwhelmed….? Today was one of those days. I follow a lot of conversations on a daily basis. I read a lot and think a lot and pray a lot – in the midst of trying to get all my New Direction work done and keeping my…

Dealing with Conflict

Addressing and resolving conflict is rarely listed as someone’s favourite activity. Most people would put it up there with say, dentist appointments, tax time, or spring cleaning. According to my personality assessments, I am the kind of person that longs for harmony. Picture it: a campfire on the beach, someone strumming their guitar, and the…

My friend David

David Colpitts is one of the contributors on the “Bridging the Gap” DVD. David was connected with New Direction long before I was. He participated in support group and later led support groups. He was also a New Direction staff member for a couple of years. David is now hard at work on ph.d. studies.…

"I am Disarmed"

I have come to deeply love the writings of Jean Vanier ….. and so when I spotted a copy of “Finding Peace” on a shelf at my friends, Mark and Karen, I asked to borrow it. Vanier shares a poem that he translated from French written by Athenagoras, the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople from 1948…

Brian McLaren in "Bridging the Gap"

Brian McLaren is an author, speaker and activist. Many who have felt disillusioned with either the church or Christianity, or simply no longer willing to complacently languish in the status quo, have found in Brian a refreshing, revitalizing call to re-engage in the ways of Jesus. Others view Brian with a great deal of suspicion.…

Today is the Day of Silence…..

….. and I’m speaking up. I’m speaking up for the kids who can’t. Bullying is a real and devastating reality. I’m a mom. My children are in elementary school. My middle daughter has Tourette’s Syndrome and has to cope with her tics – which get worse with stress. She is bullied due to her tics…

A Third Way: Messy is Good

Bruxy Cavey is the Teaching Pastor at the Meeting House, a multi-site church in the Toronto area. He is a popular speaker and his book, “The End of Religion: An Introduction to the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus” has resonated deeply with many Christ-followers longing to live differently. He is all of those things – but…