Category Religion

Our Second COVID Easter

So here we are again. Didn’t they tell us last year was a one-time event? But let’s not go down that rabbit hole, or at least not today. We may be in the middle of an apparently unending global pandemic, but there are some universal truths that still remain. The biggest is that which we […]

Canceling Easter

Sometimes you have to fight back. Sometimes you have to say “enough is enough.” The virus that just won’t go away has stymied politicians as they attempt to deal with a public health “crisis” that just doesn’t seem that urgent after a year. We’ve gotten used to COVID-19 and government interference in our lives, both […]

The Twist

I’ve shared this song with you before, but it has been six years and warrants another listen. Easter songs are full of joy. On Good Friday there’s a different feel. We know today that joy is indeed on the way, but it is still a somber occasion. So many of the lines from this song […]

What Village Is That?

Today is Palm Sunday. Seems like a good time for some church pictures. “What village is that” is a fairly common question my wife of I will ask as we walk though our area of Germany. So many little places in the distance, and in four years there are still a few we haven’t explored. […]

Replay: The Dark Church

Let’s take a trip back today, to when travel was something people did on a regular basis. Our destination is the Cappadocia region of Turkey and a cave they call the “dark church.” I shared this post with you for the first time in January 2015. They call it “the dark church” because it gets […]

Religious Freedom – But Only For Some

In Algeria on Sunday the government, deciding the pandemic risks are somewhat lessened, issued an order allowing mosques to re-open. Conspicuously absent was any mention of other religions. Churches must remain closed. But restaurants can re-open. Algeria has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, guaranteeing the right to freedom of religion, including […]

Wanna Buy A Car?

Those who aren’t sports fans watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. It is the most watched television event of the year, with advertisers paying millions of dollars for a short spot and putting their most creative advertising minds to work on the product. As a Canadian, I rarely watch the game – and if […]

Along The Path

I’ve read about a time when parts of Canada were religiously divided, Protestant and Catholic, with not much interaction between them. Religion, especially in rural areas, played a big part in people’s daily lives. There were traces of that when I lived in the Ottawa Valley in the late 1980s. I remember being told that […]

Love and Devotion

Do cemeteries fascinate you as much as they do me? I enjoy walking through graveyards, reading the tombstones and wondering about the stories of the people buried there. There can be a lot of social history packed into simple inscriptions. You can see family relationships, names being passed along for generations. Reading between the lines […]

2020 In Review – Hagia Sophia

That this was the most-read post here in 2020 was, I think, largely because of the controversial decision by Turkey’s president to turn a world heritage site into a mosque. Mind you, it was popular in 2019 also (number two for the year), when the conversion was only a rumor. I wrote two posts in […]