Category: Faith

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 –…

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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…

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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…

Children Faith Family Sermon

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

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…

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