2017 is a special year. It is the 150th birthday of Canada as a nation. It is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation; on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. One of my hobbies is various types of Canadiana: stories of Canadian history, Canadian popular music and literature. I teach a course about the Anabaptist movement, the radical wing of the Reformation in the 16th century.

Of personal significance, it is my 7th year of blogging. Spiritual disciplines are very important to me and to follow the biblical pattern of resting on the seventh day or year I am declaring this a year of Sabbath for my blog. This does not mean I will not be posting—that would be the death of any blog, not that mine has ever been particularly alive—but that my posts will be limited to the above two topics. As I have posted various Canadiana posts as well as Reformation related posts in the past six years I will repost some that continue to be relevant and/or reflect on them for the present; and, I will have some new book and music reviews of Canadian artists that will be posted.

I welcome new followers interested in these topics and I hope that present followers will hang on and enjoy these special anniversary blogs. I know that I find personal fulfillment in writing short reflections so I would write even if no one would ever read. If someone reads and appreciates, that is a bonus.