Santa Clause Childlike Faith at Christmas One of my favourite movies to watch at Christmas is “The Santa Clause 2”. I love it for a few reasons, the magic and mystery of the fantasy of Santa is one, it’s fun and entertaining and we can watch it as a family. But the biggest reason I like it is because of one scene in particular. Spoiler alert! The scene…
Summer Camp, Your Child’s First Taste of Their Own Faith
There is something deeply and wonderfully special about camp. There are the incredible experiences and friends, the opportunities to try out things you could never do at home and even the awesome spiritual lessons, leaders and mentors that kids encounter. But there is something more!
Our second week of camp this summer was at Timberline Ranch, a horse camp in Maple Ridge. Every camp has its own format and structure and Timberline’s specialty/strength was in their drama. They’d go to any extent, particularly when it comes to showing how much they love their homeland! Every other corner had a large flagpole waving the state flag, and it was refreshing to see how patriotic they were….
Gardom Lake and Committing to Jesus for the “4th” Time
Three weeks ago I spoke to a group of 9-11 year olds at Gardom Lake Bible Camp. Gardom is a camp that I have spoken at multiple times in the past and enjoy the culture there a lot. It was a full camp and I had the opportunity to speak twice a day for the full week that I was there. The topic was “Soar” and when I got there…
God Wouldn’t Ask Me for EVERYTHING Would He?
So many fear the risk of following God, we don’t want to give up everything we love. Trusting God isn’t all or only about loss, but it is about security, and He teaches us in baby steps.
Dating Your Daughter: The Ring
Our daughters need for affirmation from their fathers is incredible. I’ve embraced one tangible way of doing that this that I believe has amazing power and potential to confirm and maintain the foundation of love and care we have for our daughters. Giving her a ring that has clear and laid out intention behind it can be a reminder of your love no matter where they are or where they…
The Happy T-Shirt Accident – A Perfect Expression of Grace
The other day, Josiah and I were not seeing eye to eye. He was on a complaining and whining rampage. Nothing was good enough in his world and any kind of formal activity made him angry. He wanted to stay home and play video games and nothing was going to convince him otherwise. I was patient and gave him lots of space, but after 2 hours of complaining, banging walls…
The Honour of Speaking at Camp with my Kids
I was speaking at a spring break camp last week in Maple Ridge. I was sharing on character traits of God and how He applied to the lives of the campers and staff. Leigha and Josiah came with me and at one point I asked them if they would like to be a part of the talks. Both of them said they wanted to be, which surprised me to some…
Abundant Life and Fearless in Friendship
I was listening to a friend share the other day and he said something that caught my attention. He mentioned that he wasn’t born into a Christian family but his mom had found Jesus when he was in High School. He mentioned that she took her faith seriously but that she never tried to force her faith on him, instead he remembers feeling like she wanted to introduce him to…
Does My Child Really Want Jesus or Are They Just Telling Me What I Want to Hear?
This is my first Video Blog post. I was asked this question last week and thought it was a really good one and might be worth sharing. “What do I do if my child says they want to follow Jesus but I’m sure they are just telling me what I want to hear?”