A Challenging Question...

This story, as I know it, starts about 15 years ago, when I met Claudia Morgan at my new church’s college and career group. It was the same group in which I also met my future husband, Peter. At that time, Claudia was studying to become a florist. She was extremely talented, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her. In many ways, we were opposites. I was high energy and impulsive; she always seemed so calm. But the love that sparkled from her eyes was real, and her deep, melodic laugh…

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A Higher Standard

I’ve a confession to make.

I’ve been watching the turmoil in America, surrounding the Trump presidency, with avid interest.

I’m not going to tell you which side I come down on. This blog post is not intended to make a political point. It’s intended to make a spiritual one.

Most of us can agree that, no matter which side we espouse, watching the commentators go at each other is entertaining. It’s entertaining as hell. As I observe my own reaction to them, I feel a little as though I’m…

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The Mark of Maturity

I recently read through 1 John 2. Verses 12-14 say:

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake.  I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men,…

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Let the Little Children...

As human beings, most of us seem to gravitate towards religion. I’m not talking about the practices or rituals that we set up to help ourselves enter a holy and worshipful mindset. I’m talking about systems we put in place as intermediaries between ourselves and God, because we are overwhelmed with His greatness and would rather give up the dream of interacting directly with a wild, untamed God in favour of feeling safe.

The Israelites did it, at Mount Sinai. At the time when He gave the ten…

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Why is learning Japanese so hard?

The Japanese language is extremely difficult. It routinely makes the list of "Top 5 Most Difficult Languages to Learn". Sometimes people ask us why it's so challenging. 

Usually it's helpful to illustrate the difference between Japanese and other languages using a statistic I came across once upon a time.

If you want to learn a foreign language, and be relatively fluent, you should be able to understand at least 80% of everyday conversation. The number of words required to get to 80% varies,…

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