2012 December

Say ‘Yes’ to inspiring others

2013-02-14T08:08:22-05:00December 1st, 2012|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We know little about them, these grandparents—if they came to babysit on Friday nights or if they maybe played checkers with the curly-haired, laughing boy while he grew in wisdom and stature.

2011 December

Power of prayer challenges the impossible

2014-04-04T08:39:35-04:00December 1st, 2011|Categories: Christian Week, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

(Christian Week – December 2011) KAMPALA, UGANDA ✦ Remember Kienan Hebert, the three-year-old in one of Canada’s biggest feel-good stories of 2011? Kienan was abducted from his B.C. home and later returned by, of all people, his abductor. Twitter and Facebook lit up. Christians proclaimed God is alive and well and listening to prayer. One wrote the Toronto Star online: “To those who aren’t aware that God answers prayer, I show you the return of Kienan Hebert. Now if we prayed on an ongoing basis for the protection of children and for those disturbed in mind and spirit, abductions like this would rarely occur.”

2003 June

A daughter of the world

2013-06-18T16:05:14-04:00June 20th, 2003|Categories: Hamilton Spectator, Newspaper columns|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

(The Hamilton Spectator - Friday, June 20, 2003) Nobody knew. Prior to the birth of our first child, two weeks ago today at St. Joseph’s Hospital here in Hamilton, Jean and I kept her name, Elizabeth top-secret from absolutely everyone. “It’s from the Bible and it’s not Dorcas,” is all I would reveal, before adding, “If and when we have a boy, we have a biblical name for him too. And it’s not Nimrod.” So imagine the confirmation we felt when, prior to our return to Canada for the delivery, some western friends in Yemen said good-bye to us by reading the biblical story of Elizabeth.