I Have a Handler

I like new things. I like change. We recently moved to Airdrie and I find the entire change exhilarating and something that gets me out of bed every morning. Everything changed for the Kopes: our work, our home, our schools, our grocery stores, and I loved every minute of it! I’m a dreamer. My wife […]

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Catching Skunks

Me: “I hope the City catches those skunks!” Katie: “NOOOOO!!! Go skunks Go!” For a couple of weeks now two skunks have been wandering around the walking paths behind our house and causing a bit of excitement for the neighbourhood. I was out walking early one morning and had my “early morning brain” on when […]

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Birth Order

    I am a firstborn son of a firstborn son of a firstborn son.  I was born with a sixth sense that the buck stopped with me. This is a feeling the middle child carefully avoids and the baby of the family doesn’t even know exists… Most firstborns suffer from the guilt and responsibility only […]

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Why I Hate Camping…

I do not understand the purpose of camping…  We’re just planning our summer camping trips now and every year I find myself both looking forward to the trips and dreading parts of them.  Luckily when we were planning the Venue Church launch in Airdrie our team suggested doing our Worship Experiences Sunday nights at 6 […]

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Librarians Scare Erin

I’m not sure why they do, but they do.    Fear of spiders is called arachnophobia.  Fear of humans? Anthrophobia.  Afraid of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth? You’ve got arachibutyrophobia!  Fear of books is called bibliophobia. All of these fears I can get behind, but it took some time to sort […]

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Little City Syndrome

I was driving in Airdrie a few months ago and executed a somewhat assertive lane change.   It was safe and left plenty of room for the other vehicle, but two young men in their early twenties wearing flat brim snap backs (hats) decided to make a point by roaring past us leaning on their horn […]

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Peer Pressure

My youngest girl is eight and my oldest is fourteen. I have just six years (if I’m lucky) to teach Neela to avoid the pitfall of finding her worth by comparing herself to others.    Arwen walked into a new high school as a grade nine student two months into the school year. I was thinking […]

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It’s About Flow

Me: “What’s wrong with that crew? They’re taking forever!” Site General: “They’ve got no FLOW”   He was right. Flow is everything, specifically flowing from one good decision to the next.   Early in my work career, before I began pastoring, I was still learning the ropes of people and project management which have proven […]

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