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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]