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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…

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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…

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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

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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Over the past few years I’ve blogged in a variety of ways, mostly connected with my role as a pastor.  As I’ve begun the transition away from my church and move towards a new church I found myself feeling like I had a blank slate as my previous blog posts were integrated into the church blog and I couldn’t bring them all with me. So I get to start again – a clean slate and open mic for speaking my random musings on faith, family, technology, and culture. I’ve taken…

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1) You can’t hide your children from technology – it’s everywhere.  You may say ‘no’ to your children but they are able to access technology, the internet, and media at school, the library and at friends houses.   Don’t pretend your children aren’t exposed to it.  This creates an avenue to talk about it. 2) Facebook does not let children on facebook who are 12 and under.  To do this you must lie. 3) You do not need a computer or laptop to access the internet.  Cell phones, TV’s, and video…

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