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So this is a blog post a long time coming.  I’ve waited to write it until after we had child #4 lest anyone think I was begging for attention or seeking help.  It also comes after years of watching those around me have children and the same pattern emerging.  So disclaimer out of the way, we can get on with it. With each of my children, as my wife has been pregnant nad heading into labour I’ve had a consistent message shared with me – “You’re just the guy –…

Culture Family

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 spent 32 years of my life living in Strathcona County.  I was born and raised in that community and have a great love for the people that make it up.  It is a community that often loses it’s college students to see them return when they are married, desiring the same community experience they had growing up for their own children.  In many ways it was no surprise that Strathcona County ranked high in the Canadian magazine’s annual “Best Places to Live” article.  In one  specific category Strathcona County…

Children Culture 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…

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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…

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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…

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A few weeks ago I preached on the theme of peace as a part of our advent series.  The text I used was the story of the Magi and Herod from Matthew 2.  Rather than stop at verse 12 though, I preached from the text that extends down to verse 18.  This is a part of the Christmas story we don’t like to reflect on as Herod, in an attempt to kill off the new born King of the Jews (which was Herod’s self appointed title), slaughters all the boys…

Advent

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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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