[David Vuckson was raised in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada, where he attended First Presbyterian Church. Eventually, he drifted away from home and from his faith. He moved to the west coast where he pursued his profession — tuning pianos — not … Read more
A Baseball Parable
October 13, 1960, Forbes Field, Pittsburgh — the Pirates won the World Series, beating the New York Yankees on Bill Mazeroski's bottom-of-the-ninth home run. I remember watching it the year I was 13. We saw it on a small television … Read more
The principal link between Vancouver Island where I live and the mainland portion of British Columbia is an hour and a half ferry ride. The mid-point of the trip is Active Pass, a narrow passage between two of the Gulf … Read more
Is That My Place Burning Down?
I was having coffee with a friend recently and he told me this story of growing up on a farm in central Manitoba, Canada. "I was out plowing in a corner of our field when I saw this huge plume … Read more
The Giver And The Gifts – Pentecost
One of our memorable Christmas pageants had the junior Sunday School playing the parts of the Biblical characters. Mary and Joseph, with their ceramic doll Jesus, sat quietly and almost beatifically until the arrival of the bathrobed magi. Then as … Read more
The Giant Outside
Outside the office of Island Pastoral Services in Victoria, British Columbia, where I do some counselling work in addition to the ministry at Westshore, there is a giant outside on the lawn. It is a youngster at that, but no … Read more
What's In A Name?
As a new church on the western outskirts of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, one of the tasks for our group is to come up with a name for ourselves. In the passage from Isaiah, God promises to give a name … Read more
Baptism By Fire And Water
I come into the Presbyterian Church from the Baptist Church where I served as an ordained pastor. One of the main differences is how the two groups do their baptisms. Presbyterians can be much more dignified, while Baptists can be … Read more
I Shall Not Want
A number of years ago when I was a pastor in Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada, we were travelling back to visit family in southern Alberta, two provinces west. Our daughters, now in their twenties, were very young, and a long car … Read more