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THE ONE ABOUT TERRY FOX, RYAN JESPERSEN AND PRAYER

You should have seen them. So well behaved. And their singing was heartfelt. In addition to a Hawk Nelson rendition, they created their own worship terminology - “Whoop! Whoop! Jesus cares!” A chapel for Kindergarten to Grade 4 students. It was my privilege to speak to the students at Ecole Broxton Park in Spruce Grove, Alberta. (more…)
Bob Jones
September 25, 2019
Life Stories

HOPE DOESN’T GIVE UP: ANNE LAMOTT

My love for all things Anne Lamott started with her book, Traveling Mercies. She had me at the introduction. Anne’s candor, sense of humor and humility are irresistible. I am partial to people who exude hope. (more…)
Bob Jones
September 18, 2019
Life Stories

316: BIG COINCIDENCE OR BIG GOD?

There's no need to embellish this story even though it sounds like the stuff of fiction. Facts speak for themselves. On Jan. 8, 2009, in the US college football Championship Game, then-University-of-Florida quarterback Tim Tebow wore eye black with the inscription John 3:16, a reference to the Bible passage that says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (more…)
Bob Jones
September 16, 2019
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JUSTICE FOR SERENITY STARTS WITH ME

A four-year old Alberta girl named Serenity died on Sept. 27, 2014. When she arrived in hospital a few days earlier she was suffering from catastrophic injuries, including a fractured skull and starvation. She was hypothermic. There were signs of sexual abuse. A forensic pediatrician determined her injuries were inconsistent with a fall. There were repeated reports of abuse during Serenity’s care. (more…)
Bob Jones
August 15, 2019
Life Stories

BRENE BROWN: THE CONVERSATION THAT LEFT HER SPEECHLESS

Brene Brown is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers including ones I've read: Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. Their essential themes are the same. The path to a meaningful, loving life comes through a willingness to be vulnerable and a rejection of the socially produced shame that convinces us we, or our vulnerabilities, are not worthy of love. (more…)
Bob Jones
August 2, 2019
Life Stories

SILVER DOG: THE LAST GOODBYE

Their deaths gutted our world. Each one passed away as a result of cancer and died in our arms. The associated grief was surprisingly intense. It was so intense that I was embarrassed I could feel so deeply about pets - Tammy...Sprite...Silver. They were Goldens and like family. Is that kind of grieving normal? Is it healthy? Am I saying that pets are on par with people? (more…)
Bob Jones
August 1, 2019