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CHILD SOLDIER: THE JENNIFER MITCHELL STORY

Nine-year old Jennifer held her breath until she felt she would pass out. She begged herself, lie still. Just a bit longer. Rebel soldiers of Uganda’s murderous leader – Joseph Kony - would surely move on. Soon. The soldiers’ boots were inches from Jennifer's and her seven-year old sister’s bodies. And then one of the soldier’s stepped on her sister and the little girl cried out. (more…)
Bob Jones
July 24, 2020
Life Formation

BEING A BIG SPEND FRIEND

On Saturday July 25th, Jocelyn and I will shop local in St Albert. I’ll purchase flowers for Jocelyn from Charmed Floral Design (win/win) and head over to Grandin Bakery to pick up sausage rolls and the best tasting Maple Donuts in the world. We’re Big Spend Friends and we hope you’ll become one too. (more…)
Bob Jones
July 23, 2020
Life Formation

5 SIZZLING READS FOR THE SUMMER OF 2020

Summer 2020 will be a season to refresh, renew, and soak up the sun (under the protection of Spf 50 and a mask?). What better way to spend the rare, rainy summer day than with one of the following reads. All five books are completed on my Kindle. Dive in at the risk of a greater love for God and neighbour. (more…)
Bob Jones
July 1, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

FINDING BEAUTY IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD

Jocelyn and I have lived in our home for 30 years. Previous to us, the owners planted wild rose bushes in the backyard flowerbeds bordering the property. Typically, the rose bushes bloom, and drop their petals all within two weeks. Up until this summer I’ve been too busy or travelling to be around at the height of their beauty. This summer, COVID, injury and health problems have confined me to home, and our backyard. Serendipitously, I discovered the beauty eluding me for decades. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 28, 2020
Life Formation

RACE IN AMERICA: HOLY POST

In early June 2020, Phil Vischer, creator of “VeggieTales” and voice of Bob the Tomato, posted a video called “Race in America” that attempts to answer the question: “Why are people so angry?” In the video he asks viewers to do one thing. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 28, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

WHEN YOU’RE CALLED A MUTT: RACISM

"Where you from?" asked the lady that I was checking in at the front desk a few years ago. I gave the usual explanation of being a mix of French Canadian, Black Canadian, Metis, and Scandanavian, which I understand is a mix that's not that common. The look I got was a slight look of disgust. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 21, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

WHEN YOU’RE CALLED OUT TO SPEAK UP

This week I got called out by someone in our black community to speak up as a leader on #blacklivesmatter. I was a little taken back because I wanted to remain in a posture of listening and learning. I am bravely stepping out to do what I can to lean into hard conversations presently. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 13, 2020