Ponder Anew Blog

raising of Lazarus (1)

June 23, 2022

JUNE 21, 2022 ( First day of Spring )Good afternoon,Read John 11Another great story from John. It is the story of the raising of Lazarus. Lazarus is ill. Mary and Martha are his siblings. Mary is the woman who had used perfume to anoint his feet. She wiped his feet with her hair.Mary and Martha send a […]

Raising of Lazarus (2)

June 23, 2022

June 22, 2022 ( sorry yesterday was the first day of summer, and not spring. Ha ha ) Good afternoon, ” Jesus wept. “John 11: 35 There is weeping and wailing at the house. Lazarus is dead. For four days now, and Jesus finally shows up. Both Mary and Martha approach Jesus with their grief. ” If […]

A Prayer of habakkuk

June 16, 2022

June 16, 2022 Good afternoon, In our Zoom Bible study we have been reading the prophet Habakkuk. We have one more session. One of my  favourite couple of verses in the Bible is at the end of chapter 3: Though the fig tree does not bud    and there are no grapes on the vines,though the olive crop fails    and the fields […]

Housing is IMPORTANT

June 16, 2022

June 13, 2022 Good afternoon, Thank you to the people of Poole Menonite. You donated over $550.00 to the fundraiser of MennoHomes ( by this time next year it will be called Beyond Housing ). It has been a project since about 2001 to build affordable housing for low income families and seniors. MennoHomes does not just build it , and […]

Abuse in the Church

June 16, 2022

June 15, 2022Good afternoon Today’s blog is about pastoral sexual abuse. It can trigger some difficult memories for some. If you are triggered, you can reach out to counselors at Shalom Counseling at 519-886-9690 or contact me. The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) last week released a report of pastoral sexual abuse. It was a 288 page report documenting over 500 […]

Human conversation with Jesus

May 31, 2022

May 31, 2022Good afternoon,Read John 8:12-58 It is four stories put together. The disciples and other Jewish leaders are trying to figure out who Jesus is. In John, the writer gives a lot of words to Jesus. Jesus is an extroverted talker, willing to push his disciples, and confronting the leadership of the Temple and the […]

What is Church

May 31, 2022

May 27, 2022 ( Relief Sale today and tomorrow in New Hamburg ) Good afternoon, There are different kinds of churches. And sometimes they are in the same community and building. Most of the people on this blog list are from Poole Mennonite. But you are a community of readers of my blog. I also have a […]


May 24, 2022

May 23, 2022 GOOD AFTERNOON I hope you had a great long weekend. My favourite flower has emerged once again. The provincial flower, the Trillium . Although, our two favourite spots to view were past their prime time. The white was not as bright and the ends of the tri-petals were fading fast.But, I find them beautiful […]


April 28, 2022

April 26, 2022 Good afternoon, Welcome back to the Gospel of John. Early on in my years of ministry I would invite people to read the Gospel of John. If they were exploring the faith of Jesus for the first time, and they would ask where do I start in the Bible, I would say to read […]


April 27, 2022

April 27, 2022 Good afternoon. Prayer  O God of creator of earth and heaven,    Be with our farmers,          as they wait to plant.          as they milk their cows          pick up their eggs, and        take care of their land    […]