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Precarious Living

By Scott Tolhurst | September 22, 2023

You are riding on a bus through the Andes. The road is as wide as a fat donkey, but little more! The driver speeds like this is NASCAR and the drop to your right is a doorway to eternity. How do you feel? Or — you’ve worked hard on a project, but your boss is…

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Why Healing Takes Time

How quickly we break. How slowly we heal. With a fall and a snap, an arm can be broken in seconds. It will take at least 6 weeks to heal. A long-term friendship can be injured in the time it takes to say a harsh word. It will be longer before trust and laughter are…


Testimony of a Good Marriage

I often work in a coffee shop. I love the atmosphere and it inspires me. Today, as I sat in one of my favourite shops, looking out the window and working, I observed an elderly married couple coming to drink coffee together. That in itself would not be unusual. I often see couples come and…


Blind Spots

You would think that being blind is something you would notice. How could anyone be unaware of it? Yet the Scripture teaches that there was a time when we were all blind, and blind to our blindness! (2 Corinthians 3:12-4:6). Everyone is born insensitive to spiritual light. Our souls are veiled to the truth. We…


Can Artificial Intelligence Preach?

Very recently, in the city of Furth, Germany, a most unusual worship service was held in St. Paul’s Church.  As the people entered, a ChatGPT chatbot asked the people of church to rise from their pews and praise the Lord. But the real news is that the sermon was preached by a bot.  It preached…


Guilt and Shame

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom.8:1, ESV)   There is a difference between guilt and shame. Failing to recognize the distinction leads to confusion or even despair. The distinction between guilt and shame is valid within our courts, relationships and souls. So, the matter is important in…


Cancer, Comfort and the Cross

Three years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had no sign of its presence. I was living symptom free, completely unaware of a growing invasion of malignant cells.  Were it not for a careful doctor and the clarity of medical tests, I would have continued my days, oblivious to the situation, until there was…


Suffering & Pain

Psalm 102 (ESV) contains a heading.  It says, “A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.”  Before the opening line, Psalm 102 already signals us that this will be a plaintiff cry.  This is the Psalm of one who is suffering.  Indeed, the suffering has been…


Heart and Song

A while back, my wife and I decided we wanted another heartbeat in the house. Age, energy and strata rules narrowed our choices, so we decided on a bird. Not just any feathered friend. We wanted a songbird. We had a canary years ago and welcomed the soft tuneful sounds. So, we scoured the stores…


Experience Is a Severe Teacher

My wife and I have become trailer travelers. The statement suggests more proficiency than is appropriate. “We are learning to be trailer travelers” is more accurate. There are resources available to instruct us. I have visited a couple of RV centers. I’ve watched some YouTube tutorials and tugged the ear of those who are more…


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