When Chip MacGregor encouraged me to set up my own blog in June 2009, I had no idea that 306,000 people would find their way to this blog. Thank you for coming to visit. My blog was officially started in August 2009, with 14,439 people visiting by the end of December 2009. In the second year of 2010, 73,876 people came to visit the blog. As of the third year of 2011, as December is wrapping up, 217,622 people have paid a visit.
Most of my 372 blog articles are reposted from articles that I originally wrote over the past 24 years for the Deep Cove Crier and the North Shore News. My peak month so far has been November 2011 when 25,856 people came for a visit. Many of these visitors appear to be students researching for school assignments. God is so creative in the ways that he is reaching the emerging generation, who may have never been to church. Please pray with me that God will continue to use this blog to reach young people who may know little or nothing about the good news of Jesus Christ.
My hunch is that over half a million people cumulatively will have visited this blog by sometime in 2012. May God touch these half a million people with abundant lasting life, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
I am the Rector of St. Simon's Church North Vancouver, B.C., having served there since 1987. Ordained in 1980, I have also served at St. Philip's Vancouver and St. Matthew's Abbotsford. My wife Janice and I have three sons James, Mark, and Andrew. I was the Past President and Chaplain for Alpha Canada. While serving as the National Chair for Anglican Renewal Ministries of Canada, I was one of three co-signers of the Montreal Declaration of Anglican Essentials http://www3.telus.net/st_simons/arm05.htm
For the past 26 years, I have been privileged to write over 350 articles as a columnist on spiritual issues for local North Vancouver newspapers. In the last number of years, I have had the opportunity to lead conferences and retreats in Honduras, Rwanda, Washington State, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, and Toronto.
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