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Finally feeling inspired to write about our family’s year of 2020. Mike’s current sermon series is “Upside Down community”, essentially the idea of how God calls us as His believers to live and see life differently. How can we look at 2020 through a different lens than the world does… how can our hearts be focused on Christ and thankfulness in a season of such uncertainly? We know there are many who are struggling with grief, sickness, despair and loneliness during this season, and we pray and try to encourage…

Bible Reading Challenge

In this season of technology and ministry where many churches are delivering sermons via youtube, facebook and livestreams we have had to reassess how we measure engagement with our church services. This idea of measuring engagement was already in flux before the pandemic of 2020 began. While two decades ago we could measure church service engagement based on weekly attendance, before the pandemic began church service engagement for many was now measured on monthly attendance – who attended at least once a month was considered a regular attender. There are…

Bible Reading Challenge

December 26th is as much anticipated by some as much as Christmas itself. Lining up early in the morning, shopping online, going to malls to hunt down deals. These are all a part of the Boxing Day rituals. Even the current pandemic could not bring our Boxing Day routines to an end. I’ve been a part of the craze on Boxing Day before. I’ve done the Christmas Eve Boxing Day sales online. I’ve lined up at stores. I’ve even enjoyed going to malls on Boxing Day – more to people…

Bible Reading Challenge

“Our message must never change, but the way we deliver the message must be constantly updated to reach each new generation.”  – Rick Warren Covid-19 has brought on a new generation of ministry, requiring us to shift how we reach those we minister to livestreams, video meetings, and messaging are just some of the tools we have been forced to work with in this season of pandemic that is filled with social distancing and self-isolation.  A question lingers in this new reality – can we actually disciple people in an online environment?…

Bible Reading Challenge

We’ve been living stream at our church since the summer of 2019. So when the pandemic started, and isolation began, we had a good foundation to switch to live stream only. The interesting thing is ‘live stream only’ is very different to ‘church with a live stream option’. There are a number of surprises in my church for me that have come out of doing live streaming only that I thought would be fun to share: 1. The value of prelude and postludeThis has probably been the biggest surprise for…

Bible Reading Challenge

I used to buy into thinking that bigger was better. Bigger houses. Bigger cities. Bigger responsibilities. I used to think that. Yet overtime I’ve become disillusioned with big. It’s not that big is not bad, I’m disillusioned with our societies obsession with bigger. We need bigger stores. We need bigger theatres. We need bigger trucks and cars. We need bigger buildings. We need… we need… we need…. and I’m not sure why. Now here we are in covid-19 and we’re realizing big isn’t always better. We look at the situation…

Bible Reading Challenge covid-19 Culture Faith

So this week we only had one question sent into us during the sermon. The question was: “Not for the sermon, but curious as to why Gen 37 records Jacob’s wives as Bilhah and Zilpah. Not Leah and Rachel?“ This is a great question and does give some potential insights into the story as well. As we know from Genesis 30 Rachel and Leah gave both their servants to Jacob to have children for them. Rachel because she couldn’t have kids at that point, and Leah because she had stopped…

Family Sermon

Could you imagine a time when the printing press was invented and people said no to printing bibles or other materials? That conversation is unfathomable to us! Never printing bibles? No Christian books? No bible study material?  The idea of that is just beyond comprehension.  You see – the church couldn’t afford to ignore the printing press. Yet that conversation could have happened.  Maybe someone objected… “We don’t need to print bibles… the way we have the Bible read to us is just fine!”  or others could say “Why would…

covid-19 Culture Faith

We’re in a state where we social distance and social isolate and we are giving up all sorts of things leaving many many things behind. Gone are coffee shops, nights out on the town, soccer teams, hockey games, dance lessons, workouts at the gym and so much more. Now we’re in this space where our whole family is at home at night. All we have left is… each other. And technology… but we’ll get to that. We’re realizing what we left behind is not in fact activities and events, shops…

covid-19 Culture Faith

This is a continuation of a series of blog posts exploring some of the underlying reasons behind the diminishing of faith in our culture. You can read the previous posts here:The Diminishing of FaithThe Loss of ImaginationThe Failure of Hope I like food. Perhaps I need to be more specific. I like events where people gather and there is food. Banquets, potlucks, bbq’s, meetings, etc. The list can go on. I think food makes things better. So it’s not lost on me that one of the core practices of the…

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