Saturday, March 30, 2013


HELP!!! I've pleaded for help with this issue before on Facebook and I've tried every suggestion and nothing works. It's such a simple issue to resolve but I can't overcome this dilemma.

If you can help I will give you a HUGE "thank you" prize.

Here's the problem:

I have a blog for my workplace - FRIENDS Peterborough. The URL is This is a BLOGGER hosted blog. I have not been able to post on this site since last June because I can't remember the username or the password. All efforts to either retrieve these or set a new password have failed. I've changed the password several time. Still can't log on. I don't want to give up the URL because it has been advertised in many places. Blogger, as a company, cannot be contacted by phone or e-mail to get instructions. They only have their HELP tab on their site and I still can't get this to work.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE help. I need to revamp the FRIENDS Peterborough blog but can't get in. I'm FRUSTRATED!!!

Thanks for coming to my aid!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Won't Load

A new "take" on "the page cannot be found".  Which one are you?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Bookstore Blues

Here I go...flogging a dead horse again! Many of my readers will know how disappointed I was when our local Christian bookstore CLOSED for good. 

Through no fault of their own, Jim and Susan Rose had to lock the door for the last time. Changing times? Different consumer buying habits? Failure of local Christians to support a business that warranted their patronage? All of the above!

Many times since then I've been in the Market Plaza and fondly remembered the good times I'd spent in Emmaus Family Books. Meeting old friends! Chatting with Jim or Sue or their daughters! Buying a CD, book or a card! Often I'd think of someone who needed an encouraging word. I'd drop by the store and pick up a nice Dayspring card...not available anywhere else. Sure, I could order it online or drive to Toronto to purchase a card. But I needed it right away. CLOSED!

Easter will be here in another week. I'd like to pick up some Dayspring cards. Even just one for my mother or my wife or that struggling person I met on the street.

I can drive to Cobourg to visit my friend Paul Wilkinson at Searchlight Books. They are still open...thank God. But driving down there for one card?

Who says Christian bookstores are no longer relevant? NOT ME!

If you still have a Christian bookstore...SUPPORT IT! PLEASE!!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Keep Calm

Be Strong

Understanding God

Yes, sometimes I struggle to know what God is really doing.

But I know..."as for God, His way is perfect" I continue on, knowing that He will explain later.

Trusting Him can be difficult but He really does know what is best for me...and for YOU!

Fall back into His everlasting arms today and leave your struggle with Him.

He has already assured us that the battle is not ours but His.

He is more than capable!  He is the everlasting God.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Knuckleball Review

I've just finished reading R. A. Dickey's book, "Whenever I Wind Up - My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball."

I'd glanced through the book before the Toronto Blue Jays signed Dickey, last year's National League Cy Young award winner, but after he joined Canada's team, I thought I should get acquainted with this highly touted pitcher.

Dickey chronicles his sexual abuse as a young boy and relates how the experience often came back to haunt him in later years.  Dickey's upbringing was far from "normal" but through perseverance and determination he was able to overcome the demons in his life and become one of the top pitchers in the major leagues.

As I read the book I found myself getting frustrated, along with the author, as he repeatedly was given chances to secure a spot in the pitching rotation of several big league clubs but was shipped back to the minors time and time again after brief appearances in the "bigs".

After struggling for years to succeed as a pitcher using the usual arsenal of  fastball, curve, slider, change-up, etc., Dickey took a shot at being a knuckleball pitcher, following in the footsteps of knucklers like Hoyt Wilhelm, Phil Niekro, Charlie Hough and Tim Wakefield.  Finally...success became a reality, not a dream and R. A. Dickey has put together several seasons as a remarkable pitcher.

If you're quick to give up on someone, you might put the book down after Dickey had been sent back to the minors countless times but if you're a cheerleader who pulls for the'll stick with R. A. 'til the end.

The book was especially meaningful to me as the author mentioned several baseball men who helped him along the way, men who impacted my life as well during my years as chaplain to the Toronto Blue Jays.  Reading the book resurrected fond memories of encounters with these men.

R. A. Dickey's vibrant faith in Jesus Christ undergirded him during his rise to the top.  Without divine encounters with a living God, Dickey's struggles personally, in his marriage and in his baseball career would certainly have brought him down.

Of the many sports biographies and autobiographies that I've read over the years, this one ranks right at the top.

As the title suggests, Dickey was seeking truth and authenticity.  After exposing his flaws and warts for the world to see, I sense that this man is now authentic and real.

Buy the book and be challenged and encouraged.