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February 28 One of the great American comic strips named after its main character, Pogo, a kind gentle Opossum, is now largely forgotten. For me, one of its best lines will always be remembered: “We have met the enemy and he is us”. That line sticks out in my mind because it is so true for people like myself who profess to follow Jesus. As the season of Lent calls us to remember how it was our own sins that sent Jesus to the Cross, I am reminded of the fact that no matter how good we claim to be…


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February 21 One particularly cold and blustery morning I needed to use the family Minivan to transport some rather bulky goods. The vehicle is strictly used as a hauler of big items or large quantities of things, as it’s too big and rather battered and bruised looking. It runs well, but it looks more like a vehicular version of Frankenstein’s monster than something one would be proud to introduce to one’s friends. Since it’s not a daily driver, it sits unused for lengthy intervals. You can well imagine that it was covered in a generous layer of ice, upon which…


February 14 It should have been an easy project. I was trying to fit a hollow tube into a slightly larger one at a forty-five degree angle. Simple. Drill a correctly angled hole in the big pipe, cut the other pipe at the correct angle, and that’s a it, yes? No. When I looked through the big pipe to see how the little one fit, there was a huge gap rather than a nice, tight connection. Ok, no problem. Just form the little tube according to what I thought to the shape should be and I would be done in…


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February 7 You would think that being called a “saint” would be a nice thing. It’s the highest compliment I can think of for Christlike folks, especially if they are some kind of caregiver. Apparently, some folks aren’t quite there. I recently read how one caregiver was quite surprised at having been called a saint. So was her charge; both of them felt a caregiver’s work was a mundane a job on the level of a customer service provider. I was surprised by their attitude because, as I see it, there is no more saintly work. As a minister, one…


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January 31 Claire Minkley was 19 when she died. Hers was a brief life by any standard. Yet despite its brevity, she continues to be a source of inspiration, not just to me, but to many others. She was born severely handicapped physically, so much so that she could not speak andl was only able to communicate using her eyes and slight motion of her right hand. Her mind, however, was fully able, both intellectually and spiritually. Claire had a deep love and understanding of Jesus; nothing got in the way of her faith. Claire was an excellent student and…


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January 24 You’ve heard the expression “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes”? Well, today, it is the absolute truth. It really has been changing pretty much every five minutes or so. From the vantage point of my office window I can see either heavy snowfall and grey skies, or bright sunshine and blue skies through scattered puffy clouds. It is both a humourous and intriguing experience. This quickly changing weather is not a random series of meteorological events beyond understanding. It’s not a cosmic joke or God playing dice in our part of the universe. The broken…


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Work in progress (photo by author)

I have always been a maker. My earliest memories of “making” was in the first house I remember living in. I was four or five years old and had received both a box of Lego, which are pretty small building blocks, and Flintstone foam building blocks, which were big enough to create a boy-sized shelter. While the Lego lasted (and is still part of my collection…) the foam blocks were too soft to survive physically, but they will forever remain in my heart. In my next home Lego and Meccano (a steel building set that used nuts and bolts together)…


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“Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the opening day.”

Ok, I acknowledge that the verse is sexist, but the underlying theme of Isaac Watt’s “ever-rolling” cannot be argued: “Time keeps on slipping, slipping slipping into the future.” Watt and the Steve Miller band express the inviolable truth that our temporal reality is a continuum that knows no end. …


When I was in my mid twenties I faced a bit of an existential crisis: my inherent pessimism was starting to negatively impact my life. You see, I was a generally happy guy, but I started noticing that I put a negative spin on far too many things. Whether trivial or major, in my eyes things were always a little worse than they really were, a view that I realized was not good.

I came by my pessimism naturally. My mother was the kind of person who saw the glass not only as half empty, but also leaking, filled with…


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Our “Welcome Statement” in banner form.

My denomination, The Presbyterian Church In Canada, holds a “General Assembly” every year. This is meeting where the polity, policy and theology of our denomination is discussed and, if necessary, changed. We also learn about what our various teams and committees are up to, celebrate Communion together and generally have formal and informal opportunities to grow and come together as followers of Christ.

It’s a pretty big deal, with 1/6th of our leadership attending from across Canada.

A few years ago, at a pre-conference meeting advocating for full inclusion of LGBTQ people and celebrating their unique gifts, we were presented…

John A. Giurin

100% Italian, Born and raised in Canada, Presbyterian Pastor, Maker, Singer, Writer, Musician, Theatre, Married, Father, Learner, choosing Love, he/him

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