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Signed Stevie G Jersey

I wholeheartedly believe one is more blessed to give than to receive. Venue people ask me all the time “How can we pray for you pastor?” “Just pray for ____ instead. I’m good (I think?)”…is what I used to say. The Kopes are Dutch and self sufficient in the extreme. It is much easier for me to give than to receive something, which is mostly a great trait … Continue reading Signed Stevie G Jersey

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Arwen’s Red Jetta

I’m very proud of my oldest daughter Arwen. She managed to save up birthday, babysitting and work money to the total of nearly nine thousand dollars by the time she turned eighteen. I didn’t have that kind of money when I was eighteen. We are budgeters, which means we shop around for the best prices of insurance, the best prices of food, heck the best prices of everything … Continue reading Arwen’s Red Jetta

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The God Complex

I think we think we’re God sometimes…We pat ourselves on the back for how wise and all knowing we are (internet), we have a good moment parenting, we experience love, we wake up early and exercise before the sun comes up (theoretically), but we forget sometimes that seeing something or experiencing something is not nearly the same thing as creating something in the first place. God blesses us with children we think we somehow created, when … Continue reading The God Complex

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My Poor Yard

My neighbour Jackie and I have been watching Telus and their co-conspirators desecrate our yards for the past month or so. I began the journey to their fibre development of Coopers very smugly, looking back. I love fast internet and hate slow.. well.. anything, so I signed up for their free install into my yard. Ironically the small town we lived in previously began the fibre instal … Continue reading My Poor Yard

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Fear’s Greatest Hits

I recently preached a sermon called Leverage Love (Not Fear) at Venue as I thought about some of the issues we’re facing today. I think the problem today is not what everyone is talking about. It’s not Covid. The problem is fear. Covid is just another problem that the world has lots of. Generations before us faced problems with different names, generations after us will face problems … Continue reading Fear’s Greatest Hits

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Arwen is Great

Arwen is my first daughter and she’s great. Arwen has a way of rolling through life getting tricky things accomplished while somehow creating no waves. Now our four girls occasionally make waves and fight with each other, but Arwen for the most part has a way about her that eases tension while getting stuff done. Her mind is a cutting one but it doesn’t make one feel cut if you … Continue reading Arwen is Great

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God of the Mountains

As a child growing up in a home where we talked about God I sort of assumed people who denied even his existence maybe just hadn’t thought about it that much?As an adult I still think the same thing:)I could get into some very real hangups people have with God, things I’ve struggled through like “How can a loving God allow pain?” (I landed on something called … Continue reading God of the Mountains

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When I’m an Old Man

“Erin, I’m going to be a ridiculously funny old man! I’m already ridiculously funny, but when I’m old….”   This is a fairly normal type of marriage conversation for us before you get too alarmed on her behalf, she’s used to it. To be fair, she thought I was a whole lot cleverer before she saw my idea-material (The Simpsons) when we were dating, but I’ve tried to stay funny … Continue reading When I’m an Old Man

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Summer Jobs

I experienced something Monday morning I’ve never experienced before in quite that way…My two little girls rode their bikes to their summer job and I felt proud. One not conditioned in the Kope family might not quite know what I mean. When I was young I overhead a conversation at a Kope reunion that went something like this: “Hi this is my boyfriend ____.”“Hi, I’m ____ Kope. What do … Continue reading Summer Jobs

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Oh Canada…

Oh Canada. Sigh. 2020 will be a year to remember alright. I feel like it’s the Spring Break you wish you could forget minus the Spring Break. Who knew we were capable of panicking like little girls (I’m allowed to say that because I’ve fathered four of them:). Who knew we’d ever believe everything we watched on the news?Who knew we’d actually read what every FB troll ranted … Continue reading Oh Canada…

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Lead Yourself Well

I’m racking my brain to find a non covid related topic to laugh about and finding it difficult to do… I’m about done with this one thing inserting itself unannounced and uninvited into every single aspect of my life. Not the sickness itself, you understand, but the sickness of the drama it’s blown itself up into that demands all the air time. TALK ABOUT ME!!!!!I’ve talked with … Continue reading Lead Yourself Well

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The Potter’s House

I think the movie Ghost, which I’ve never seen any part of and have no desire to, has wrecked pottery for everyone. …which is a bit sad as pottery is useful for so many things and quite beautiful when one knows what they’re doing. Our friends the Petkaus live east of the Crossfield overpass and Rylee’s studio is called The Potter’s House. We were recently hanging out … Continue reading The Potter’s House

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Don’t Bother Pointing That Out

“Guys, if you didn’t need a motorcycle BEFORE covid, you don’t need one now”… is what I said about a week before I bought myself a motorcycle. In my defence I recorded the video on our Venue Youtube channel a week or two before it came out. So, two weeks. But there’s no getting around the fact I bought a bike. Some poor fool in Kelowna (actually he … Continue reading Don’t Bother Pointing That Out

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Dream Again

I think it’s time to dream again. I’m tired of this fearful outlook all the time. I’m tired of the news and it’s obsession with worst-case-scenarios. I’m tired of Albertans taking every piece of information at face value and not questioning the hand guiding it. I don’t like that we’re susceptible to fear and propaganda. I don’t like that we get tunnel vision and forget … Continue reading Dream Again