Category: Faith

The other day I posted part one where examine how we see ourselves and asked the question of whether we really see ourselves the way God sees us? In this follow up I want to ask the question of how we see each other?  If you want to summarize the point very simply – don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  But that would be overly simplistic.. you see part of the issue is you can’t judge a book by the cover if you never look at the bookshelf on…

Culture Faith

One of the things I’ve encountered the most in ministry is the challenge people face in how they see themselves.  I think if we’re all honest, the majority of us don’t always see ourselves in the most positive light.  I’m not talking about physical appearance (so no link to Dove sketches… sorry folks!) I’m talking about our overall self-perception and self-worth.   We often look inside ourselves and discover the darkness and brokenness that we want no one to know about.   As we look at that part of our…

Culture Faith

Today was our Easter service.  I must say that Easter is one of my favourite services of the year – the reason we gather for worship and who we worship is never more clear.    As I watched facebook  I was amazed at how public people were with their faith.  Over and over I saw people posting scripture, proclamation that Christ is risen,  and those ‘graphic things’ with text on them focussed on the resurrection.  In our service we sing with worship and adoration for the miracle of the resurrection.…

Faith

Can you imagine the story of the good samaritan, but instead of him stopping and helping he kept going? He just walked by… despite the need for help. The man would be dead in the ditch. That happened. Not in the story in scripture… but in real life… watch this video… The second last sign – “I have nobody. I need somebody.” It was reported this morning that Amanda Todd took her life. At some point I’ll post my view on what builds up to this – but for now…

Children Culture Faith Open-Mike.ca

First things first – this is not about the disco group that is known for quirky costumes and singing YMCA.  Glad we got that cleared up :). Over the past few months a number of letters to editors,  events in communities and a recent comment by  a friend have had the phrase ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ percolating in my mind.   This is one of those comfort phrases I think we are supposed to say, but many never wrestle with.  The phrase itself has African roots –…

Children Culture Faith Family

I’ve generally refrained from responding to articles and columns in the newspaper the past few years. Well it’s time to step out into this world again and respond to a newspaper column. In the middle of February 2012, The Sherwood Park News (My former hometown newspaper) had a column written by one of the staff called “Politics and social media don’t mix”. You can give it a read here. First I want to say the staff, including the columnist, are fantastic.  It is a great paper that strives to keep…

Culture Faith Technology Uncategorized

I have only been in ministry full time for a decade – longer than some, but far less than many more.   One thing I’ve noticed is how faith has different themes that ‘trend’ in a way to keep our expression of faith relevant.   There are different ‘fads’ that we hold onto – almost all with strong legitimate scriptural basis.  I’ve seen strong focuses and campaigns that revolve around evangelism, spiritual practices, apologetics, and social justice. In many ways these campaigns raise awareness of key areas of our faith that we…

Culture Faith Uncategorized

Recently a friend and colleague asked a question on facebook – “Should Canada reopen the abortion debate?”.  I found myself hesitating on the question.  I want to be clear.  I do not agree with abortion and I believe it is wrong – especially when used as a form of birth control.  My hesitation on the the question was not with my ethical viewpoint but with how many have handled themselves in this discussion in the past, and how this issue has been handled since the ‘debate’ was closed.  So below…

Children Culture Faith Family

I think most people like a good story -whether it’s a novel, a movie, or even just your average sitcom television show.  When we here a good story we talk about it with others, we watch it again and again.  The story begins to move from something seperate from us, to being a part of our own story.  The stories that mean the most to us are the very stories that speak to our life and that we can relate too.  There’s also a sense that we choose the stories…

Advent Faith

Wednesday morning in our staff meeting I read part of Psalm 145.  Psalm 145 is a Psalm of Praise… though perhaps describing it as a psalm ‘Gushing with Praise’ may be more appropriate.  The first three verses read: I will exalt you, my God and King, and praise your name forever and ever. 2 I will praise you every day; yes, I will praise you forever. 3 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness. It’s hard not to smile or laugh…

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