Varied Terrain: My Unexpected Journey into Leadership

This summer I returned to my roots and went backcountry backpacking in the Canadian Rockies. The trip lasted three days and covered about 60 km and 3,000 feet of elevation. (I wore Vibram Spyridon LS, incidentally. I may review the shoes in a future post…) Although I grew up playing in the Rockies, it still amazes me how incredibly and unpredictably varied is mountain terrain. Over 60 km, we travelled through trees and fields and rock slides. We marched over trickling, mountain streams and by (and into!) clear, glacial lakes; down winding ravines and up to rock-spewing waterfalls; through wet, … Continue reading Varied Terrain: My Unexpected Journey into Leadership

Women in Leadership

I haven’t had time to blog recently. It’s been a hectic few weeks with our graduation, a major alumni event (200 people), banquet planning for our upcoming banquets this Saturday in Winnipeg ( and next Thursday in Saskatoon (, planning and reporting for May Board of Governor meetings next week, and attending two major conferences: the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada General Conference in Saskatoon at the end of April, and a Competency Based Education conference, from which I’m writing this blog now in San Antonio. Me in San Antonio at the CBE Conference, hanging with the Mariachi band. The Competency … Continue reading Women in Leadership

The Tomb and Wife of Jesus: Handling Sensationalist Claims that Crop Up around Easter

My doctoral supervisor at Edinburgh, Prof. Larry Hurtado, would remark that sensationalist archaeological discoveries about Jesus frequently become public just in time for Easter. His point: Easter is the most profitable time to sell headlines and promote documentaries, books, and other media related to Jesus. Often, the “discoveries” are presented in ways sensationally to undercut orthodox Christianity, Da Vinci Code style. So the publication of the Gospel of Judas in 2006 came with the fanfare of having discovered the lost, real story of Jesus’s betrayal, complete with a National Geographic documentary. The Talpiot tomb came to public attention (again!) in … Continue reading The Tomb and Wife of Jesus: Handling Sensationalist Claims that Crop Up around Easter