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Interview with Bob Grahame on ”Questioning the Technojungle’

Check out Bob Grahame’s Facebook Live insights by clicking on ‘Questioning the Technojungle’

I am meeting here with Bob Grahame at a North Shore  coffee shop. 

Ed:  “Bob, tell me what benefit people will find from reading your book.”

 Bob: ” They will begin to just see how technology is impacting their life”. 

Ed: ” Tell me why would we want to see.”

 Bob: “We want to be aware rather than blindly wandering in this technojungle world. We should be asking questions so we can learn to protect our humanness and humanity from dehumanization. Any garden will grow wild and out of control if we don’t prune, trim, and weed.”

“We take care of our gardens. We  want as human beings to remain in control of the techno jungle.  Otherwise it will overrun us.  Maybe it already has with what has happened. What’s going to happen when artificially intelligent computers begin to out-think us humans? Now that’s something to think about.” 

 To learn more, click on the Technojungle Project.

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A Picture is Worth…

By Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

Image result for deep cove heritage societyOne of the enjoyable places to visit in the Seymour/Deep Cove community is the Deep Cove Heritage Society Office on Gallant Avenue.  With their new office Co-ordinator Jim Slight, there are hundreds of Deep Cove photos available to help one reminisce and explore.  A picture is indeed worth a thousand words.  Over the thirty years that I have served in the community, I have taken many photos of the remarkable beauty of our Deep Cove trees, mountains, and water.  Since the invention of the cellphone, my photo collection, probably like yours, has increased astronomically.  Only a small percentage of my photos ever get printed off.

When I take time to view photos stored on my computer or photo albums, memories flood back with a vengeance.  Sometimes these photos fill me with joy and laughter.  Sometimes I feel sad because a person in a photo is no longer around.  Life is so incredibly short.

IMG_3935When my mother recently passed away, I felt drawn to photos that I have of her life.  When I posted some photos of my mom on social media, I received hundreds of condolences.  One friend wrote: “Condolences and the comfort of Jesus as you mourn her transition into a better place. May his peace be with you and your family in these days and weeks.” Another person wrote: “You and your family continue to be very much in my thoughts and prayers. May the Lord surround you and your family with his love.”  Yet another said on Facebook: “I’m sorry for your loss. Lorna was a wonderful woman with a beautiful soul and a gentle spirit. She will be missed. My prayers and sympathy are with you and your family.”

 I miss my mother deeply.  She was and still is an amazing lady.  Over the past twenty-nine years, I wrote many Deep Cove Crier Mother’s Day articles about my dear mom.  I am grateful that Mom has gone to heaven to be with Jesus.  My mother had a deep faith and was ready to go at almost 90 years old.  We all have different ways of grieving.  Some people shed many tears.  I tend to be more private in that area.  I grieve through song, photos, and words.  Many people have given me hugs in the past few weeks, letting me know that they care.  People who have already lost loved ones tend to be the most in touch with the reality of grieving.

At Mom’s funeral/celebration of life, like with many IMG_3845.JPGfamilies, we had a slideshow of my mom’s life.  It can be one of the most touching times of these services.  A picture is indeed worth a thousand words.  Jesus said: ‘Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.’  Perhaps you might take time this July to review photos on your computer and albums, giving thanks for loved ones who have gone before you.

Rev. Dr. Ed Hird, Rector

St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

Anglican Mission in Canada

-an article for the July 2017 Deep Cove Crier

-The sequel book Restoring Health: body, mind and spirit is available online with Amazon.com in both paperback andebook form. In Canada, Amazon.ca has the book available in paperback and ebook. It is also posted on Amazon UK (paperback and ebook), Amazon France (paperback and ebook), and Amazon Germany (paperback and ebook).

Restoring Health is also available online on Barnes and Noble in both paperback and Nook/ebook form.  Nook gives a sample of the book to read online.

Indigo also offers the paperback and the Kobo ebook version.  You can also obtain it through ITunes as an IBook.

To receive a signed copy within North America, just send a $20 cheque (USD/CAN) to ED HIRD, 1008- 555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC, V7N 2J7, Canada.

– In order to obtain a signed copy of the prequel book Battle for the Soul of Canada, please send a $18.50 cheque to ‘Ed Hird’, #1008-555 West 28th Street, North Vancouver, BC V7N 2J7. For mailing the book to the USA, please send $20.00 USD.  This can also be done by PAYPAL using the e-mail ed_hird@telus.net . Be sure to list your mailing address. The Battle for the Soul of Canada e-book can be obtained for $9.99 CDN/USD.

-Click to download a complimentary PDF copy of the Battle for the Soul study guide :  Seeking God’s Solution for a Spirit-Filled Canada

You can also download the complimentary Leader’s Guide PDF: Battle for the Soul Leaders Guide

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Happy Trinity Sunday


Dear friends in Christ,

You are invited this Trinity Sunday to watch and forward to others the Facebook Live sermon ‘Trinitarian Grace, Love & Fellowship‘ from 2 Corinthians 13:11-14, already watched by over 160 people.

Blessings in the Three in One,

Ed Hird+

P.s.  TO DONATE to St. Simon’s Church North Vancouver

For your convenience, donating to St. Simon’s Church, North Vancouver is now available online.
Click on the CanadaHelps logo:
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Promoted to Glory

Dear friends,

My dear mom Lorna Hird passed away into glory at 2pm June 9th Friday.

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Her funeral will be this Thursday June 15th at 11am at Victory Memorial Park in 14831 28th Ave, South Surrey.

In Christ’s love,

Ed+ & Janice Hird

p.s. Here are some articles about my mother that I wrote over the years:

The Immeasurable Gift of A Mother

Mothers are Irreplaceable

Thanks, Mom

Been Like A Mother to Me

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Don’t miss the ‘Voices Together’ Canada Day Celebration

Free Canada 150 Celebration at Pacific Coliseum on July 1.
Plan to be there with your friends, family and church as we celebrate our great nation & our Lord with our #VoicesTogether!

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 Voices Together is a powerful expression of the John 17:21 unity that Jesus says will enable the world to believe.
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Imagine what might happene if we in Greater Vancouver took 2 Chronicles 7:14 seriously….
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Let us pray that Voices Together will be a dynamic overflow of praise, joy and hope, in Jesus’ name.  Amen.
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July 14th to 16th BC Christian Ashram Retreat at TWU

Dear friends ,CDNT0473

You are invited (if close enough) to join us with Dr Darrell Johnson at the July 14th to 16th BC Christian Ashram retreat at Trinity Western University. Click to open up the brochure.

This Friday June 30th 12noon is the deadline for room and board at TWU for the BC Christian Ashram retreat. After this, you can still register to attend as a daycamper.

To register online, click on ‘registration’
To find a Christian Ashram Retreat close to you, just click on ‘nearest location’.   The term ‘ashram’ is a Sanskrit term that means ‘a’ (apart from) ‘shram’ (work), or retreat.  It was founded in 1930 by the well-known author and 50-year Methodist missionary to India Dr. E Stanley Jones.  Watch a short video to explain what happens at Christian Ashram retreats.

Hope to see you there.

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Jesus is Lord!


Ed Hird+


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Praying for ‘Canada on Track’

Dear friends in Christ,
On this summer of Canada’s 150 Anniversary, let’s believe together for the discipling of the Nation of Canada. Let’s believe for awakening and revival across our land as we battle for the soul of Canada. Let’s pray for Mark Redner and team as they prayerfully cross by train  with Canada on Track from East Coast to West Coast this summer. 
Click on this amazing new Canada on Track youtube clip and then repost it to your other social media friends, turning it viral.

take part in history

This is an opportunity to make HISTORY. To change the climate of Canada for the glory of God. God is about to do something amazing and you definitely don’t want to miss it.
Logistics for TRAIN schedule departures:
St. John’s  – flying
Charlottetown – flying
Halifax, NS to Moncton, NB – Sat July 15, 2017 (time TBA)
Moncton, NB to Montreal, QC – Wed July 19, 2017, @  17:32 PM
Montreal, QC to Ottawa, ON – Sun July 23, 2017 (departure options available)
Gatineau, QC/Ottawa, ON to Toronto, ON –  options available
Toronto, ON to Winnipeg, MB – Tue Aug 1, 2017, @ 22:00 PM
Winnipeg, MB to Saskatoon, SK – Thurs Aug 10, 2017 @ 11:45 AM
Saskatoon, SK to Edmonton, AB – Mon Aug 14, 2017 @ 22:20 PM
Edmonton, AB to Vancouver, BC – Tues Aug 22, 2017 @ 7:37 AM
Vancouver, BC – return home following the last meeting
From anywhere in Canada, call toll-free: 1 888 VIA-RAIL