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I’ve asked a friend to do a guest post on the UN Migration Pact and I’ll hopefully be able to post that in the next number of days (he’s a busy man so whenever his schedule allows him time to write).  Sam Chaise formerly led Canadian Baptist Ministries and now works with refugees in the Toronto area.  Needless to say he has had a global perspectives on issues including the migrant and refugee issues.  I thought his faith and global perspective combined would be beneficial as we work through the…

Advent Culture Faith

I hear lots of people asking about whether Christ is still in Christmas.  Clearly as a culture there a pulling away from Christ in Christmas.  However my concern is less with Christ in Christmas – as a church we still have that, and I’m more concerned with making sure we have Christ in Advent.  Yes – you read that right – I want to put Christ back into Advent. At first glance Advent is all about Christ with themes of hope, peace, joy, and love.  However so much of our…

Advent Faith

Baby it’s Cold Outside.  Wow what an uproar over a song!  A song, I admit, I’ve never paid attention to before so i went and listened to it. Catchy simple tune.  Like many my initial thought was once again we’ve gone overboard and over reacted and I didn’t give it any more thought.  Well… until I read my friend’s Julie post.  You see she liked the song.  She thought it had gone too far, and then she looked into it more.   Unfortunately many of us stop reflecting with our initial…

Culture Faith

Over the month of December most of my reading will focus on Advent or Christmas.  I find it can help me focus on something other than our cultural celebrations.  It also helps me to reflect on my faith, grow in my faith, and equip me for when I do ministry during this season.  So below are my books to read over the coming month: FIrst, I always do the Biola University Advent Project that mixes music, art, scripture, and reflections on a daily basis.  Such a wonderful resource and I…

Advent Books Culture Faith

So I didn’t quite get all the books I wanted to read this month read, but that is okay.  The goal is quality over quantity and i just want to make sure I’m reading, challenging myself, nurturing my faith, and exploring other viewpoints.   So this month I read four books (almost… but you’ll see what I mean in a bit!).   I also realized my Kindle library of ebooks is almost the same size, if not larger, than my printed book library.  I’m working on organizing my kindle books so I…

Books Culture Faith

So I’m trying to stay disciplined and post what I read each month.  It helps hold me accountable to keep reading, it also shares what I’m reading with colleagues who may want a good title to read, and it allows me to review and revisit each book I’ve read. The Crucifixion of Ministry by Andrew Purves .  I wasn’t sure what to make of this book when I started reading it, but I found overall i really engaged with the content of it and the concepts in the book.  in a…

Books Culture Family

One of the things I love about my blog is I get the opportunity to review books before they are released by the publisher.  I like it because I get the book for free, but even more so I get to read the book without a lot of people telling my why I should read it.  It allows me to engage the book solely through my own context and I value that. When I was offered the chance to preview Mark Holmen and Brian Siewert’s new book Faith @ Home Revealed…

Books Children Culture Faith Family

So I sometimes do book reviews that are indepth, but I thought I’d start posting what books I’ve read lately.  I’ll keep the specific list to non-fiction books for the most part.  Each book will have a one or two sentence thought about it.  I hope it helps you, or others, to figure out what books they may want to be reading next.  For this first list I’ll include some of my summer reading as well as my more recent reading.  There is no real order to how these books…

Books

So the title of this book got my attention.  Is Christianity weird?  Really?  That was my initial thought and I was curious what author Michael Frost was getting at.  As I started reading I realized that I was going to like this book and where the author was going in it.   In essence the author is desiring to see the church reclaim it’s position of not being a part of this world, but living fully as a part of God’s kingdom.  What that results in is the church being different…

Books Culture Faith Open-Mike.ca

I found as I read John Ortberg’s book Eternity is Now in Session is one of those rare books where I constantly found myself challenged and affirmed in my faith.  There will be some who are uncomfortable with this book as Ortberg examines what salvation is and what eternity is.  However Ortberg is firmly rooted in salvation by grace, but does speak about what it means to be a disciple in this book.  As the title suggest, Ortberg wants us to shift our thinking from being about eternity as a post…

Books Culture Faith