2017: Hitting The Target For A Better Year

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So we’re already into 2017. We’re going “this year had better be better!” Yet there’s so much that happens that I just can’t control. A wildfire. A downturn in the economy. But then there is stuff that I can control, stuff that I can change. Like how I respond to the wildfire or the economy. My […]

The Syrian Refugee Dilemma

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This post is adapted from an article in Fort McMurray Today, Friday September 25, 2015 Where are you at as you consider the dilemma of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond flooding into Europe? Moved? Getting involved? Fearful? Cynical? A group from my church family, Fort City Church, has been moved by this huge […]

Learning The Art of Teaching From a Canadian Sniper

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This summer I had a “bucket-list” experience of taking a basic marksmanship course from Rob Furlong. He’s the former Canadian military sniper who held for a period of time, the record for the longest confirmed sniper kill in combat, at 2,430 meters. I was pumped at reaching the point where I was able to successfully […]

Navigating Christian Bravado With My Islamic Neighbour

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This week I got a phone call by a well-intentioned Christian group who wanted to present “the facts” about Islam, to people in our city and were wondering if we at Fort McMurray Alliance would host a seminar. I checked the group out and discovered that one of their convictions is that an evil movement […]

Is Jesus A Riders Fan?

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There’s a picture circulating on the Internet of Jesus gently displaying a melon before a young girl, wearing a Riders jersey under his white robe. What, Jesus a melon-head? Jesus a Riders fan? Many who are a part of the Rider Nation are absolutely convinced! As we look forward to Sunday’s epic Grey Cup between […]

Halloween: Let’s Enjoy it!!

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When I first entered full time ministry as a youth pastor, I vividly remember the tension — our church had to have an alternative to Halloween, a “Harvest Party,” — even though there was almost no one in the church who was doing much harvesting. This created a dilemma for my Senior Pastor who had […]

Life! Transformation! Adventure!

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  I often get asked by people outside of the Fort McMurray Alliance Church family, what the three tag words: “Life. Transformation. Adventure.” mean as we use them to describe our church family. Well first off they just create an image that makes church sound just a little bit different than what you may have […]