"That's what you do in a herd." That, of course, is the famous line from Diego the sabre-toothed tiger in the classic movie Ice Age. Diego, after travelling with Manny the mammoth and Sid the sloth throughout the story, becomes protective of his former prey. He becomes part of their herd and risks his life … Continue reading Faith in Isolation
Not everyone does. Figuratively and realistically. Epiphany is the 12th day of Christmas, you know like the song, and it is traditionally when we celebrate the wise men going to the see the baby Jesus. They were referred to as the 'magi'; priestly, noble, and scholars. They go on a trip based on ancient texts … Continue reading Did you have an Epiphany?
Christmas is the time to meet Jesus in the flesh. Meeting your heroes, seeing them 'in the flesh' means more than finding a picture online. They become real -- good or bad. Being in the flesh comes to mean we are real and human. It is hard to imagine anyone in the room without their … Continue reading Celebrating a Human Saviour
I had a great time walking the Westwood group through their ministry assessment! I am blessed to be part of your growth as a group. Here are some thoughts on the assessment process I provided to the group at the end. I believe they are relevant to anyone in an assessment situation, but especially within … Continue reading Assessments are a good thing!
"Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy" I used to absolutely hate singing this song in church. It still makes me cringe. But for some reason I've been humming it a lot this Advent season. The song is based on a comparison Jesus makes between the postures of 2 people while praying. "Thanks for not making … Continue reading Humble Communication
Thanks to Church of The Way for letting me be part of your desire to communicate! November has definitely been a month of communication! Last week I had the opportunity to share some tools, engage in some helpful exercises, and discuss action steps going forward. It was great to have a variety of generations share … Continue reading Thanks for communicating!
Are you in Winnipeg on the evening of November 28? Come join me for a FREE seminar on communication and conflict! As part of the "What about...???" discussion series at Church of The Way, I will be facilitating a session on something we can all learn to do better. We all talk. We all listen. … Continue reading Communication & Conflict Seminar!
Are you hungry? Stay that way. This is a big thank you to the group I had the privilege of sharing life and ministry with last weekend. I cherish every opportunity I am given to listen to their stories, introduce new thoughts, and ask questions that help with new direction. I am challenged by the … Continue reading Be Hungry…And thanks!
It's one of the banes of church leadership. But yes, it is everywhere. People using indirect tactics to communicate thoughts and emotions, but not verbalise honestly, usually to avoid conflict. Brushing people off. Muffled responses. Attention focused on only certain people. Fake apathy in dialogue. Not responding to messages. Pretending to be good, but really … Continue reading From one passive-aggressive to another
What inspires you? I had the opportunity over the past 2 days to be challenged and encouraged in a variety of ways, from 2 different sources. First, I was treated to tremendous stories of dedication and sacrifice. Those in mission to change lives, bring freedom to others, and relieve the pain of poverty. It is … Continue reading Gratitude, Silence, and Conviction
We lost 2 important voices in the world of Christian faith over the past few days. Rachel Held Evans, became a millennial voice for many challenging the norms of the Christian church here in North America. She invited evangelicals to a larger table for sharing and understanding the One who invites us all to dine. … Continue reading Voices of Grace
"You believe in a book that has talking animals, wizards, witches, demons, sticks turning into snakes, burning bushes, food falling from the sky, people walking on water, and all sorts of magical, absurd and primitive stories, and you say that we are the ones that need help?" –Mark Twain He forgot the part about a … Continue reading Easter and life after Sunday