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Normally I don’t get my eye caught by children’s Bible storybooks, however The Christmas Story for Children stands out for a few reasons. First, it’s a part of the The Story project, and my favourite children’s story author Max Lucado is a part of this project. The Christmas Story for Children is what you would expect – the Christmas Story with the appropriate artwork. Yet there are some qualities to this book’s storytelling that stand out. First, they don’t try to mix all the Christmas narratives into one. The story…

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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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So I was reading online and saw a post from someone on the top ten things you MUST do when preaching from an iPad.  I thought some were good, others seemed off… so here’s my ‘checklist’ for preaching from my iPad.  Since preaching is not much different than many other presentations… this may be useful for those presenting from ipad’s in other situations. 1) I always write my sermons using Microsoft Word.  I save my file format in the Word 97-2003 format for preaching from.  This allows two things, I…

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So i finally got a new look for the blog… I never was fully happy with the last one.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints, I didn’t have the opportunity to create a new look from scratch and used a ‘theme’ that someone else created. All that said, the blog is more functional than before.  I’m hoping to get some ‘normal’ blog posts on here along with our Bible Reading Challenge posts each day.  The top right will always have the most recent Challenge post, and the bottom of each post…

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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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  I’ve been wanting to write a post on apps I use on the iPhone and iPad for a while.  I’m often asked what are the best apps  out there, and I often send them a list of apps.   I want this post to be a bit different.  I want the apps listed to be used on a regular basis by me, as opposed to just being a good app.  There are a lot of great apps but I don’t use on a regular basis – an example is QuickOffice…

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So one of my thoughts for this blog was to post the odd tech item.  It hasn’t happened until now.  This is the first of 3 tech posts I’ll be doing in the coming weeks. The next post will be on how to access US netflix in Canada, and the third will be my favourite iOS apps.  Look forward to hearing your feedback! Since the beta was released I’ve been using the iOS 6 software on my iphone 4s  and my ipad 3.  The best way to describe this update is that it’s…

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Much has been said about Steve Jobs in the past weeks due to his passing, as well as the release of his biography.  There is little denial that Steve Jobs had a significant impact on the world.  Steve Jobs has impacted how we interact and relate to technology.  With the Apple IIe, iPhone, iPod, and iPad he impacted our work, how we communicate, how we consume media, and how technology has become a ‘part of us’.  Beyond the obvious Steve Jobs also impacted how we shop with iTunes, the App…

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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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