Why Knot?

One of the highlights of my young life was Boys’ Brigade. It was like Boy Scouts, but put on by our church. Our company leader, Chuck Howell, was about as nervous a man as I ever had the joy of popping a paper bag near. He was bald, and his high tenor voice got higher…

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Diet Style Evangelism (click to comment)

Have you ever been on a diet? My friend Steve Biggerstaff has. Last summer, we were having lunch together and for the first time in world history, Steve ordered a salad. I said, “Are you okay? Do you need some Rolaids? A doctor?” He said, “I’m on a diet.” Now understand, I liked Steve the…

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Mile High Evangelism (click to comment)

It’s confession time. I used to hate telling people about my faith. I would sit on an airplane, knowing that if it crashed, I was responsible for the eternal destiny of everyone on board. When our kids were younger, we were privileged to spend a week in Mexico — thanks to my uncle “Air Miles.”…

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April Fools (click to comment)

I have incredible news for you. My wife tells me that she’s expecting. It’s a miracle. A miracle! In other news, it’s April Fools. And you have been fooled. April Fools was a terrifying day for me as a child. As the youngest of five, I never quite knew what my siblings had cooked up for…

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Banana Peels (click to comment)

One Sunday afternoon, when our kids were small, my son’s friend Joel came for a visit. Like all small boys who know that this is a time when stressed out adults may be resting, Joel attacked the door with both fists. ME: “Hi, Joel. Can I get something for you? Like a hammer?” JOEL (holding…

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The Greatest Hoax (click to comment)

Nearly every week I’m contacted by someone trying to lie their way into my bank account. I recently received a call from a man who insisted that I had a problem with my computer so I should give him access to my personal files. I said, “Why don’t I just give you my visa number?…

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The Best Medicine (click to comment)

Ok. I want you to try something right now. You can start this exercise by opening your mouth as widely as you can. Next I’d like you to throw back your head and exhale in short bursts, pronouncing the sound ha, ho or he, in rapid succession. Are you doing this? Ok. Great. Now I…

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How to save $11,000 per year (click to comment)

Recently I had a lady confess to me that she was such a tightwad she used to steal light bulbs from restaurant washrooms. I said, “Honey, you have to stop that.” I’m kidding. It wasn’t my wife. But no matter how much we earn, cheapness can linger. I don’t recommend being a skinflint. But there…

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Nothin’ But Potatoes (click to comment)

We live in quite an age. There is very little now that isn’t a click away. Food can be delivered to your doorstep. You can shop from your couch, order pizza from your bathtub, have a face to face chat with your aunt in Zimbabwe and get advice on how to repair a hammock as…

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Two Men and a Lawnmower (click to comment)

Years ago a guy named Vance moved in next door. Vance and I hit if off. I was certain that I had found a life long friend, until Vance insulted my lawnmower. To add insult to injury, one week later my lawnmower died, I had to humble myself and ask to borrow Vance’s. He was more…

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