Category: Faith

It always seems to me there is an endless supply of parenting books available.   Being the father of four girls, Be the Dad She Needs You to Be grabbed my attention from the many other titles I know are available.   In his book Dr. Kevin Leman  lays out his position on how important fathers are in the lives of daughters.   The topics he discusses range from understanding birth order, how girls relate compared to guys, discipline ideas, to sexuality, right through the teenage years.  Dr. Leman reminds us that we…

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I never quite got pyramid schemes.  It’s always apparent to me that the person at the bottom is doing all the work to make the person at the top richer.  It’s also apparent that the failure will always fall on the person on the bottom.  So I’ve always steered clear of them. That is, until I started working with volunteers in the church. As I worked with volunteers I started noticing a pattern in people and what worked at getting them engaged in ministry, and how they grew in ministry.…

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Every so often I find a book compelling enough I just can’t wait to finish reading it.  Nabeel’s reflections and memories of growing up in the Islamic faith and culture, while eventually encountering Christianity, are a compelling read.   His book exposes us to a deeper understanding of Islamic faith, the diversity of belief within the Islamic faith as well as the culture.   As Nabeel shares, we see a genuine love for his family and for his faith during his growing up years.  Nabeel systematically works through the encounters that he…

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 My wife and I like playing games. I used to love specifically card games, and some of them have a trump card which outplays any other card.    That was what you wanted in your hand no matter what.  For me, the home is the trump card when it comes to recruiting and church programs.   One of my goals in ministry is to enable, encourage, and support healthy faith in the home.  If your homes are healthy in their faith, the church will be healthy in faith.   Faith in the…

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Over the past decade and a bit of ministry I’ve had a growing desire that now requires a confession.   I love recruiting for ministry.  No, I don’t need therapy.  No I’m not crazy.  I believe one of the most important pieces that we need to develop in our churches is to effectively equip the body of Christ to serve one another and the world around us.   I wasn’t always this way.  I use to dread my need for more volunteers, spots on schedules to be filled,     Now?  I love seeing…

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This past year my blog has been focussed on our Bible reading challenge and hasn’t included too many other posts, let alone book reviews.  However Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of Saving Casper by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper.  The context for this book is important as it follows up Jim and Casper go to Church by the same authors.   Matt Casper is an atheist who went to churches with Jim Henderson and they shared their experiences from a christian and atheist perspective.  The question that followed was…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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