Is your church a transforming community?

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A pastor friend recently invited some more mature members of his congregation on a journey of transformation. Some were intrigued by the invitation; some welcomed it with relief…

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Pull out all the stops on one mission

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Just a few days before settling into the rhythm of the lazy, hazy days of summer, I was given the biggest mandate of my leadership life. “God is…

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Troubling times

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Biblical guidance for how to disagree on fractious issues “What’s happening in our denomination?” Sometimes I’m asked this question at the archives where I work as church historian….

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A culture of mutual trust and respect

Monday, May 1, 2017

“Say what you want people to hear out front. People will remember that.” I learned this basic principle of good communication many years ago. And, ironically, this column…

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Giving and the father heart of God

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Christmas is the giving season. It is the time of the year when the giving catalogues that come through Canada Post or email tug at our hearts with…

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Making disciples? Or consumers?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Does your church make disciples or religious consumers? Wrestling with this unsettling question gave rise to Renovation of the Church (2011): in this book, Kent Carlson and Mike…

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Friday, July 1, 2016

This month, MBs from across Canada are meeting together in Toronto for what I like to think of as our biennial mission conference. We will hear reports, process…

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True success

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Jesus says that true blessing comes to those who hear and obey God’s Word. “As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, ‘Blessed…

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Letting go of “mine”

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

When my sons were young, we would go for ice cream treats from time to time. With each boy, we saw the “mine” phase play out in these…

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A pierced heart and a cornerstone

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Halloween is done, the time change has occurred and the first, light snow of winter is falling outside my kitchen window. This all means it’s time to turn…

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What does it mean to honour God?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

What does it mean to honour God? As fall blows into the calendar, the Canadian economy is officially in recession. ISIS continues to traumatize hundreds of thousands of…

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The future of discipleship

Monday, June 1, 2015

As we celebrate the graduation of men and women from Bible colleges and Christian universities across Canada, it’s clear that Christian higher education is in a state of…

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Friday, May 1, 2015

What can stop the work of God in our world? What army, government or law can block the work of the Spirit? What prison, threat or punishment will silence…

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Word of God, Speak

Sunday, March 1, 2015

What has Jesus spoken into your life today? As a young Christ follower, I had no frame of reference to answer that question. Then someone taught me how…

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True freedom

Sunday, February 1, 2015

The New Year arrived with a thump, as we faced the collective realities of a world marked by sin. Multiple murders occurred in Edmonton and Calgary at the…

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