Author: <span class="vcard">mike</span>

As I get started preaching at FBC I want to take some time and share some of the things God has placed on my heart in ministry and faith.  This allows me a chance to get to know the church family, and also for them to get to know me a bit.  I want to share here a bit about what I mean by ‘pieces of faith’. Over the years in ministry I’ve come across a lot of different fads, focuses, priorities, needs, and things I just ‘have to do’. …

Faith Sermon

Much has been said about Steve Jobs in the past weeks due to his passing, as well as the release of his biography.  There is little denial that Steve Jobs had a significant impact on the world.  Steve Jobs has impacted how we interact and relate to technology.  With the Apple IIe, iPhone, iPod, and iPad he impacted our work, how we communicate, how we consume media, and how technology has become a ‘part of us’.  Beyond the obvious Steve Jobs also impacted how we shop with iTunes, the App…

Culture Open-Mike.ca Technology

This summer my wife and I drove along the same prairie highway repeatedly as we began to dialogue with a church in Prince Albert to be their lead pastor.  Our first drive was in July and the fields were green and full of life.  We were struck at the beauty of the landscape as we navigated from Sherwood Park to Llodyminster and onto Prince Albert.  I was reminded how vast our countryside is and how plentiful our fields are that provide us the grains that nourish us. In August we…

Faith Open-Mike.ca

Over the past few years I’ve blogged in a variety of ways, mostly connected with my role as a pastor.  As I’ve begun the transition away from my church and move towards a new church I found myself feeling like I had a blank slate as my previous blog posts were integrated into the church blog and I couldn’t bring them all with me. So I get to start again – a clean slate and open mic for speaking my random musings on faith, family, technology, and culture. I’ve taken…

Open-Mike.ca

1) You can’t hide your children from technology – it’s everywhere.  You may say ‘no’ to your children but they are able to access technology, the internet, and media at school, the library and at friends houses.   Don’t pretend your children aren’t exposed to it.  This creates an avenue to talk about it. 2) Facebook does not let children on facebook who are 12 and under.  To do this you must lie. 3) You do not need a computer or laptop to access the internet.  Cell phones, TV’s, and video…

Children Culture Family Technology

It is so easy in our world to look around see sin.  When the lifestyle of a person is counter to what we expect or what we value we will label a person a non-Christian.  In some ways it makes us feel better about ourselves – perhaps even superior.   The line is not always so clear. In 2001 a young woman, 16 years old, named Katy Hudson splashed onto the Christian music scene with her first album.   With songs such as “Trust in Me” and “Faith Won’t Fail” the messages…

Children Culture

Lately I’ve noticed how many places are asking for tips.  Sometimes it may be a tip jar, but I’ve noticed quite a few quick service (A.k.a. Fast food) are adding the option when you pay using a card.  At some point tips went from being a statement of appreciation to being an expectation.   Or how about standing ovations?  It seems each and every performance is now concluded by everyone standing, clapping, and awaiting an encore. I’m glad people are generous with their thankfulness, but I begin to wonder whether  these…

Culture

Scripture tells us that we, as people, are made in the image of God.  The media of the world tells us we need to be remade in a new image.  Our culture has created a new set of images of what is perfect, what is normal, and what is right.   Those images are not realistic nor are they healthy. What does it mean to be made in the image of God?  What does beauty mean? These are questions that have been asked for centuries… and are not easy to answer. …

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