Fort Mac: Still In Awe One Year Later!

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Hard to believe it’s been a year since I first made my way to this bustling city in the sub-arctic of northern Alberta! It’s -20 and sunny as I write, and I must have acclimatized because it feels downright balmy! And hey, each day is getting brighter and soon the amazing summer sun will give […]

Ambushed By Fort Mac — Totally Unexpected!

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Thursday January 26th, 2012. I flew into Fort McMurray for the very first time. It was supposed to be a “consulting weekend” at the Fort McMurray Alliance Church, an opportunity to tell my story of what God had done at Redwood Park Church in Thunder Bay. The idea was to encourage the church folks here. […]

Beer, God and the Culture of Fort McMurray

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Here’s an article I wrote that was published in “Fort McMurray Today” on Friday January 4th. It was supposed to coincide with the opening of a highly anticipated microbrewery, which has had to delay it’s opening due to construction issues. But here’s what was published. Like most everyone else, I’m a newcomer to this city. […]

Fresh Winds Blowing In the Canadian Alliance!!

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I sense some fresh winds blowing in the Canadian Christian & Missionary Alliance, fresh winds that are stirring up what it has always meant to be “Alliance”, with just a few new twists, that in some cases are pretty old! A few fresh winds stirring up our historic roots, reigniting an old fire. It was […]

Values That Propel Mission and Community

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A clearly articulated set of values create a foundation for any church or organization for the development of a more focused mission and provide tracks on which ministries and programs can operate.  At Fort McMurray Alliance we’re having some good discussion on values at a leadership level, and have asked the church family as a […]

Do We Focus On McMurray Mike?

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Yeah I know, you hardly ever hear of WillowCreek or other churches using the old “unchurched Harry” target when talking about their approach to ministry. That belongs to what some believe are the bygone days of “attractional churches,” based on crass marketing. I understand the concern, but it strikes me as throwing the baby out […]