Category: Bible Reading Challenge

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…

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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…

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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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In October 2019 I attended and participated in the 2019 Equip Study Conference for the Mennonite Brethren in Canada. As I engaged with the speakers I had two trains of thoughts that arose. This is the first one. Feel free to leave comments and responses below. As I drive through a residential neighbourhood, I see a sign of a child running and bouncing a ball.  A sign that reminds us, “Caution. Children at Play.”  A reminder to slow down, pay attention and not lose focus.  Living in the prairies of…

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So houses have been on my mind a lot lately. We sold our house, looked at many houses in anticipation of buying a house, selected a house, and are now preparing to renovate the house. I’ve also been preaching about ‘building a house of faith’ as a metaphor for growing faith in our lives. Along with all this I’ve been in and out of many different homes over the past six months from condos to borrowing a room to airBnB’s, to a retreat space. Houses have been a part of…

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There’s a certain grace in new beginnings. I think sometimes we forget that is in fact what grace is for.   Grace is an opportunity to move on from the past and to make new choices, new decisions, and set life in a new direction.  The church spends much time speaking of grace, but I think we sometimes forget to discuss that grace is a participatory action.  A new beginning does not just happen, it in fact only happens if the person receiving grace chooses to act on it.    So I…

Bible Reading Challenge