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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

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…

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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…

Faith Family

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…

Children Faith

This morning I came downstairs around 7 am and looked outside. There, in front of my house, was someone sifting through my recycle bin that was waiting to be picked up and emptied. My first inclination was how could someone be stealing my recycling! It’s MY recycling! Then I watched. There were two people going house to house sifting through recycle bins looking for bottles and milk jugs – the things we pay deposits on. They had two large bags going. They were up early and working hard. They were…

Culture Faith

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…

Children Faith Family

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 This verse is a favourite for many. It reads well, it sounds great, and it has deep truth in it. However I feel like one of the three doesn’t belong. I’ve heard many sermons on faith, and of course since God IS love we talk about that, especially since love is the greatest. Yet hope feels like the odd one out. Not something we talk about as much anymore. Sure…

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In the movie “Hook ” Peter Pan is all grown up and doesn’t remember what life was like when he was younger. He can no longer fly or fight or even play games as he once did. Peter Pan had become *gasp* a lawyer! Why did this happen? How could he forget… I think the best explanation is that Peter Pan had lost his imagination. In the movie its Tootles who loses his marbles – but the biggest loss isn’t the marbles – the biggest loss is Peter’s lack of…

Culture Faith

One of the things that has been apparent to me is how our culture has shunned faith. Faith, once a trait of those strong in character is now seen by many as a weakness.  The concept of believing in something or someone we cannot fully know is foolish to many especially in a culture where we believe we have certain knowledge about so much else.  This issue isn’t just in the culture, but I believe exists in the church as well. The church often desires knowledge of things, and seeks…

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