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
(A little departure from my usual posts, this is the meditation I am sharing tonight at Church of The Way to start Lent. Enjoy!) Why Ash Wednesday? Well, because it follows Shrove Tuesday of course! Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday, whichever you prefer. That was the day you cleansed your household of any hindrances … Continue reading Why Ash Wednesday?
I have often said in the past that one of my favourite aspects of youth ministry is the idea of potential. Potential, not just because of the energy and the fact that they have many years ahead of them. Potential here is found in the hope they hold. There is a fresh view on an … Continue reading Youth Leaders Retreat!
"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens" (Ecclesiastes 3:1) I was blessed to celebrate the ministry of a long term servant leader this Sunday. After many years of organizing, preparing, and helping others to succeed, she felt her time had come to a close. The beauty of … Continue reading A Time for Everything
What do you have planned for the next year? I may not have the whole year planned out, but I do know where a big chunk of it will be invested. I am going to be working with Church of the Way, here in Winnipeg, for the better part of the academic year. My role … Continue reading The Next Opportunity!
Did someone wish you a happy Easter on Friday? Technically, they shouldn't. But it is hard to correct people when they are being so dang nice. For those who do not celebrate it as a religious holiday, they are being respectful, or they enjoy the mysterious happiness surrounding a giant candy grab (and industry for … Continue reading Good Friday or Easter? Which are you?
I had the good pleasure of hanging out with a pretty tremendous group of people this weekend. It happened to be at a pretty sweet location as well; the first camp I went to as a kid. A lot of memories from past retreats combined with new ones made with some new friends! I was … Continue reading A great weekend at Red Rock with youth leaders
Have you ever compared the themes of Advent with the themes of leadership? I have. Not just for my status as a leader in a group, but for my personal life as well. Who I am and how I see myself. My belief is that the outcomes we desire in leadership are the same as … Continue reading Leadership and the Advent Season!
"Helping people find who they are, where they are" That's my motto, and that is what this week is all about. Right now I get to walk with a group of young adults as they discern the path ahead, both in their faith, and in vocational direction. Speaking to them about personality and identity is … Continue reading This week: Personality and Listening!
Technically, the day is pretty much done, but you're supposed to be thankful all the time, right? Last week I went out West to help my kinfolk with their website and the message of their mission (Mike & Irene Ritskes, check their first blog post here.) Many good conversations came out of our time together, … Continue reading Happy Gratitude Day!
Crazy, but there is much truth to this changing your outlook. I am an 'optimistic realist', which is another way of saying I easily fall into a pattern of clarifying negative outcomes after the idea process has begun. During burnout and times of intense stress people are easily confused by my withdrawal and slip from … Continue reading What if you were to only think in positive outcomes???