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We Fall Back Amazed / New From Mike Janzen

If one were to commission a musical setting for Psalm 97, one would expect the composer to employ subsonic synthesizers, blazing trumpets, crashing cymbals, portentous medieval choirs and no end of audio wizardry to complete the task. What one would not expect however, is what Mike Janzen did with the text….

The Story of a Portrait

The pose I selected for this portrait reflects a somber mood—perhaps uncharacteristic of how we visualize Steve….

A Good Word from an Old Sheep: Good Shepherd Sunday (2020)

Without a question, Psalm 23 is one of the most well-known and highly sentimentalized of all the psalms. For all its pastoral prettiness, however, the psalm has a quality of resilient, almost rugged faith…

For the Journey : A song and a prayer

These words of Jesus are not a pain-masking opioid, they are Eastering words spoken by one well acquainted with grief. And so I take up those words and offer this prayer:

Thoughts, Songs and Poems for Easter Morning 2020

“We were sent here to search for the light of Easter in our hearts. And when we find it, we are meant to give it away generously.”

Favourite things, poems and songs for Good Friday

The biblical tradition cannot be easily understood looking from the top-down as most of the scriptures were written by oppressed peoples throughout history…

Thoughts and Songs for Palm Sunday 2020

The unique glory of this sovereign is not in the display of splendour and power common to Pharaohs, Emperors, Presidents and the like, but rather in the unlikely display of radical humility, solidarity and compassion with the marginalized and miserable….


Each Sunday I’ll try to post a song or two for those who are shut-in and shut out of church. – SB Yesterday was such a lovely day here in Manitoba. The sun was out and water from the snow’s melt was flowing everywhere. Nance and I decided to take a drive in the country […]

Your Sunday Song(s)

Sunday Songs | March 22 | For those shut in or shut out of Worship

Reflection and Song for Sunday, March 15: The Water Runs

A reflection and a song based on Sunday’s lectionary readings for March 15. Offered to those shut in or shut out of Church on account of the coronavirus.