To remember the past and engage in it

Monday, April 17, 2017

Title: The Spiritual Practice of Remembering
Author: Margaret Bendroth
To be a Christian is to remember the past and engage with it, through conversation with the words of those who have gone before us, who “are still speaking the same language of faith.”

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North Langley Community Church pledges expansion

Friday, January 29, 2016

North Langley Community Church members have voted “yes” on a multi-million dollar expansion plan with emphasis on ministry, renovation and refreshment rather than campus expansion.

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Glass half full?

Friday, January 1, 2016

In 1996, Christian A. Schwarz (Natural Church Development) identified eight quality control characteristics of growing churches (e.g., empowering leadership, gift-oriented ministry, passionate spirituality).

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My church visitor project

Friday, January 1, 2016

Sitting in my car outside a Catholic church in Saskatoon, I was nervous and full of questions. As I pastor, I’m in church every Sunday – but I…

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A culture of faith

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Evangelical congregations in Canada hey have different styles and locations: from white, clapboard Baptist churches in rural New Brunswick, to Chinese Alliance churches in downtown Toronto, Aboriginal Pentecostal…

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The heartbeat of the gospel

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The most powerful communication contains three elements: information, inspiration and invitation. All three are necessary to deeply engage the hearts and minds of those with whom we are building relationships.

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Healthy church is like mixed salad

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Fellowship of Differents
author: Scot McKnight
If you were to ask 100 people, “What is the church supposed to look like?” you might get an astonishing variety of answers. Despite their cultural and ecclesiological variety, however, these answers ought all to be shaped by the Bible – specifically the teachings of Jesus and Paul.

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Sexual violence and the church

Sunday, March 1, 2015

 From self-gratification to self-giving  I was a fan of CBC radio’s flagship program “Q” just about from the beginning. With its arts, culture and entertainment content and smooth-talking interviewer,…

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Not just the body – the body of Christ

Friday, November 1, 2013

“Is your preferred religious movement growing? I don’t care. Is it shrinking? I don’t care. Does it provide social cohesion? I don’t care…. Here’s what matters: trying to…

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Before you break up

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Your marriage is boring. You’re not getting anything out of the time you spend together. The sex is uninspiring. You’re not growing as a person. It’s time to start shopping around for a new spouse.

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Building on a solid foundation

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Menno Simons wrote more than two dozen books and pamphlets. He placed the following on the title page of all his writings: “For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11, ESV).

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You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church…And Rethinking Faith

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church…And Rethinking Faith
Author: David Kinnaman
Following up with students who have graduated out of your youth group can be one of the most rewarding aspects of that ministry – or one of the most terrifying.

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I’ve got a hockey game – why go to church?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

I imagine I must have looked like a pretty grouchy 10-year-old, as I slumped into the church pew on a cold winter morning. There I was, stuck listening to a boring sermon while the rest of my hockey team was pursuing glory on the rinks of southern Alberta.

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The other side of church growth

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Church growth is a very popular topic. Church death? Not so much.

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By the numbers

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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