A language like no other


As I wrap up my Newfoundland posts, I thought we’d go lighter. Enjoy a different side of Newfie life. (from a journal entry, May 6, 2017) I was warned. It still took me completely by surprise. Newfoundland speaks English, sort of. They have their own...

A heart like no other


(from conversations and journal entry, May 4, 2017) The Broadway musical “Come From Away” is dedicated to Newfoundland’s response to 9/11. It features events that took place in and around the town of Gander, whose population of 10,000 nearly doubled for 5 days. Dozens of...

A place like no other


(from a journal entry, May 8, 2017) There are only two places on earth, Newfoundland and everywhere else. The Geo Centre in St. John’s says that Newfoundland has the oldest rocks in the world, which could only be evidence that this is the place where...

Terra Nova – Some thoughts from Newfoundland


There’s a rugged, worn beauty here. Worn, but not weakened. The land is tough, but forgiving. The people are very much the same. There’s a harbor in St. John’s that has never been successfully taken by an opposing military force. The harbor itself is tucked...

Some People Are Moving


(Another Open Letter to my friends who are Officers in the Salvation Army.) Dear… Whomever you are, You are all across the country and over the next few weeks you will be getting telephone calls from your bosses. You will be getting calls informing you...

A Tale of Two Churches


Last week I met a pastor named Mike who gave me permission to share this story.  We were in a small group at a preaching conference and he began to tell us about his two churches. (Yes, he pastors two churches at once. He rotates...

A broken silence – An Advent Blessing


The following is the fourth in a series of four Advent Blessings that I wrote for our weekly chapel services this advent season.  I wanted to share these with you, as well.   They were known as the “Silent years.” If we turn from the last...

From heaven above – An Advent Blessing


The following is the third in a series of four Advent Blessings that I wrote for our weekly chapel services this advent season.  I wanted to share these with you, as well. Legend has it that during the war on Christmas Eve 1871, in the midst...

Descend to us – An Advent Blessing


The following is the second in a series of four Advent Blessings that I wrote for our weekly chapel services this advent season.  I wanted to share these with you, as well. Have you ever seen a city at night from a distance? It’s easy...

In that moment – An Advent Blessing


The following is the first in a series of four Advent Blessings that I wrote for our weekly chapel services this advent season.  I wanted to share these with you, as well. It was just a moment. Like so many others, but at the same...