Archive for May, 2012

From Jill’s Bible – a purpose for life

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Found in the margin of Jill’s Bible – Philippians 1:23-26

“Is this why I live?”

I desire to depart  and be with Christ, which is better by far;  but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me.

Rogue Waves

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Jill and Christopher - smallRogue waves come at us, just when we wish we could live forever – or at least outlive our grandchildren.

Jill passed away on May 17th, 2012 in Saskatoon.  Her memorial service – Tuesday, May 22nd at 2:00 at the Kindersley Alliance Church.


Here are the final words in Jill’s journal, written two days before her death.

Trying not to worry about tomorrow’s test.  Tonite was feeling calmer about it.  I know God is in control.

How true!! 

Jill (Cooper) Baker [July 1, 1953 – May 17, 2012]

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Jill in garden - July 2012 - small Jill Cooper was born on July 1st, 1953 to Allan and Betty Cooper.  The second of five children, her heart began in less than pristine condition – in that day and age she was called a blue baby.

Over the decades, Jill had a number  of corrective heart surgeries.  All this lent towards a lady of compassion and grace, as she ministered to others who experienced life’s quirks – bringing to them hope and heaven!

Jill’s open heart surgery at 12 years of age led to total heart block at 17 years of age.  This condition required the implant of a pacemaker – something that powered her life until her death.

Not to be stopped by adversity, Jill completed her Grade 13 in Ontario in 1972 and headed to the bald prairies, landing in Regina at Canadian Bible College for studies.  In 1973 she met a fellow student, Ron Baker.  She graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in Sacred Music in 1976.  The same year she married Ron and moved to Kindersley, Saskatchewan to begin Christian ministry with her new husband.

In 1984 their son Tim was born and adopted into their family.  Two years later, in 1986, their daughter Allison was born and also adopted into the family.

Jill served as co-minister with Ron in two pastorates in Saskatchewan – Prince Albert (1994-2005) and Kindersley (1976-80; 2005-2012).  She also provided support for Ron in his educational endevours at the University of Alberta (1984-1986) and at Canadian Theological Seminary (1980-1983) – where he later served as Registrar (1986-1994).

Jill was known, among other things, for her excited and quick talking, her musical accomplishment and her love of nutritional cooking!  More than once it was remarked that even at 1/2 speed she was twice as fast as those around her.

Jill’s love for Jesus and her obvious love for others were foundational to her daily walk in this world.  She was particularly thrilled with the opportunity to enjoy her two grandchildren, Christopher and Hannah.

Jill was predeceased by her father, Allan and is survived by her mother, Betty, sisters Brenda and Laura and brothers Marc and Phil, her husband Ron, children Tim and Allison (married to Scott Opseth), and grandchildren Christopher and Hannah.

Love you, Jill!!

Call to excellence

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Our denomination has moved to an “ethics” package for ministers.  After reading this over, and signing it, we have committed to preach it in our services.  The document itself is designed for official (ie. paid) workers of the C&MA, but with some slight editorial work, works well!

The document has a number of main points, and then sub-points with very pointed outcomes.  This week I will approach the area of relationships.  Love God, love others, love yourself all fit here. 

I particularly like the idea the idea that – “knowing and walking with God will be the principal appetite of my life.”  Since working with committees on drug and alcohol addictions, I’ve come to realize that we all have appetites in our lives.  Some are destructive – we call them addictions.  Others are constructive – we call them what??

I suppose we could say disciplines, others might call them desires and passions. 

So here’s my question to you.  What would you call the appetites of life that are best for us?

On Facebooking, social networking and growing up

Friday, May 11th, 2012

I was reminded that anyone born in the 1984 – 2000 generation is considered a millennial.  My son was born in 1984.  He sits on that tipping edge.  Right where the slope starts upwards once again – into a new approach to communication.

We’ve heard that the new generation is computer literate – their source of information flows most often through electronic means.  This generation texts (oops, talks) constantly via cell phones, Facebook sites and twitter.

This is generalized.  Millennials will also fast for an extended period from electronics.  And some will find that a weekly fast is helpful.

Millennials work from story and use media to communicate with each other and the world.  An older approach of “reasoning” and “systematic lists” doesn’t come easily to the Millennial. 

Again, this is a generalization.  My son is logical and works well training others with a systematized approach. 

But many are not.  To them, the point comes through a story that illustrates the point.  Written blogs like this one are being eclipsed by video blogs that are visual.   Email is becoming obsolete as a way of “talking” to each other – that’s being left to Facebook and twitter!

It’s a new world, and we have the great opportunity to work within this world.  I’m excited to do so.  But it does mean a whole new approach to communicating!

The cold that lingers

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

My wife continues to deal with a cold that hangs on, hangs out and hangs in.  Today she stepped out for a few minutes and came back a bit exhausted.

Later I talked to my daughter – she has a daughter who has a cold.  And my sister-in-law phoned – her cold continues on.

What do we do as we deal with colds?  We find our minds are a bit confused – or at best slow.  We find our emotions are dampened or heightened – depending on the moment.  We find our spirits feel separated from our bodies – as though we walk behind ourselves.

No wonder our greatest prayer and desire is to place the cold behind us.  May these dis-eases move on quickly.

Back Home

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

A week away!  Great times visiting. 

But colds tracking us! 

Jill is watching herself carefully – the coughing is still there but hopefully a bit less intense.  I was in to the office and work for around 11 hours.  Spent the evening doing very little.

And now to bed – hopefully both of us will find our selves in better shape tomorrow!