Easter Weekend: Saying Good-Bye to Redwood & Tbay!!

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As Easter weekend comes to a close, I’m hit with the realization that next Sunday will be my last Sunday in Thunder Bay! After a quick jaunt to Tennessee to recalibrate with Jane, I begin the Fort Mac adventure on May 1. As I do, I leave Thunder Bay with huge excitement for the future […]

Reprocessing Anger Into Grace

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In the midst of Holy Week, let me take a break form the series of blogs I’m writing celebrating God’s leading Jane and myself to Fort McMurray including a little bit of extra stuff happening with Briercrest College & Seminary. Being Holy Week and all, we certainly have something of far greater importance to celebrate!! […]

The Journey to MDiv Lead at Briercrest Seminary

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As I write this blog post, some 530 of you have read my previous post, “What A God!! What A Ride!!! Fort Mac Here We Come!!!” I am truly humbled that so many people are interested in what God is up to in the life of myself and my family. Many of you have left […]

What A God!!! What A Ride!!! Fort Mac Here We Come!!!

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What a God!! What a ride!! The journey we’ve been on pursuing God with the dreams He’s planted in our hearts has led to my becoming the Lead Pastor of the Fort McMurray Alliance Church in the bustling Oil Sands community of Wood Buffalo, Alberta – the fastest growing municipality in Canada. I start May […]

A Call To Missioinal Worship

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I’ve recently begun to discover that you can get a sense of whether a church is inwardly or outwardly focused by their approach to worship. For the last two months I’ve been able to visit and speak in churches across the country and across my city. It’s a whole new experience after spending 20 years […]

The End of an Era, but not a Destiny!!

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Wow, what a party!! Thanks to all of you who came, as well as to Annika Pretchuck and the team that put together such a wonderful evening for Jane and myself, celebrating our 20 years with the Redwood Park Church family!! Twenty years is a good chunk of time! And a night like that we […]

Let’s Build Communities of Faith, Hope and Love!

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There is hope for the church in Canada! No longer is the picture one of demise! These are encouraging thoughts I picked up from an interview with Reginald Bibbey, a sociologist at the University of Lethbridge, that took place at the Canadian version of Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit at the end of September. Many […]

Yeah, why do young people stay in church?

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Yeah why do young people stay in church? When there is so much being written about youth drop out, a great question is, “why do so many stay?” I was grabbed by one particular answer John Bowen offers in his book “Growing Up Christian: Why Young People Stay in Church, Leave Church, and (Sometimes) Come […]

In Defence of Youth Ministry

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Recently on Facebook I caught a disparaging quote on the state of contemporary student ministry based on Drew Dyck’s book “Generation Ex-Christian.” It elicited several supportive responses. I chose to post a comment to the contrary. Let me explain … Now I enjoyed reading Dyck’s “Generation Ex-Christian.” His writing style appeals to me, and more […]