Showing posts from May, 2016


What happens when someone who was once spiritually alive enters into a state of unbelief? 

Can someone disconnect from the original love for God they once had? Can a church once known for its vibrant life suddenly or slowly die and be propped up in a chair to keep up appearances?
While we think we can ‘keep up appearances’ there comes a point when the body stinketh. It must be declared dead and given a proper burial.
Jesus saw the decaying state of the religious who were carefully preserved to appear alive and well. There were those who kept up appearances to imply strongly that they were very alive in their faith, but in fact were dead on their feet. Listen to his confrontational critique:

Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You …


What do we mean when we say, “We are keeping up appearances?”
Have you heard that expression? It means that we continue to act as if nothing is wrong. We do not want people to know what’s really happening, so we fake the appearance of everything remaining in the good state we were once known for. It’s like the bankrupt rock star living in his mansion and spending money he does not have. No one suspects that he has not managed his wealth well. He thinks his social standing and perceived greatness is untouched.
Keeping up appearances… how far will people go to hold on to the memory of what once was?


For reasons I fail to grasp, my high school years were a time of avoiding every art and music course that I could. I became interested in music at fourteen years-of-age and mildly interested in the arts later on.

My how time changes our appetites... 

Terry Glaspey's book is a reminder of the art, literature, music and film that has inspired me significantly over the past forty years. So many of my favourites are here and a host of others by way of introduction.

These seventy-five short chapters leave us plenty to think about at the intersections of creativity, theology and practical faith. You will encounter a profound respect for artists that promote Presence, and not Propaganda.

Sample Terry's work at


"Book has been provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Books in exchange for an honest review."


This weekend I came alongside  the Barron family in the loss of Ryan. He was a thirty-year-old Windsor man who died skateboarding in Vancouver late at night. It was a hit-and-run and the family and friends were devastated. 

Here are some of the notes from what I shared at his celebration of life.


Welcome to the Celebration Of Life for Ryan Barron. You only have to check out Facebook to realize how connected and well-liked Ryan is.
He had been in Vancouver working over the last year and had been talking about making a trip home to Windsor. Sadly, that was not to happen and his earthly life ended in a tragic accident. In another kind of way, Ryan has made a trip deep into your hearts and today is to remember and celebrate everything that you love about him.
If God exists, many will be asking ‘why’. If that is your question, I’m not sure you will find an answer that is adequate.
In its place, may I suggest a better question—‘where can I go with my grief?’
Grief w…