2010 in review

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever. Crunchy numbers A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,300 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full […]

I Love Sundays!!!

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For those who think that larger church services where committed believers gather with those who are not yet committed but are exploring the Christian faith is a relic of the past, I beg to differ. Sunday after Sunday I see this very eclectic mix of ages, races, and all levels of faith or no faith, […]

Church Governance: An Ongoing Journey …

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This Saturday the Pastoral Staff and Governing Board of Redwood are going to meet for a full day to brainstorm about church governance. In these rapidly changing times from modernism to postmodernism, thinking on how major directional and financial decisions are made, how accountability is accomplished, how staff and board relate to each other, as […]

The 2010 Willow GLS: Leadership in Transition

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The WillowCreek Leadership Summit, now called the Global Leadership Summit has been a staple in my summer diet for 14 out of the last 15 years of the Summit. I am never disappointed. Always I find myself inspired and challenged deeply by the event. This year through the diversity of speakers I could visibly see […]

Rancorous Times!

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Eighteen years ago it was my privilege to take up the role of what we’re now calling the “Lead Pastor” of the Redwood Park Church. I entered into Redwood at a time of seismic paradigm shift that was a source of great tumult not just for Redwood but also for evangelical churches all across Canada. […]

A Christmas Carol

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It’s been amazing to watch Charles Dickens’s beloved story, A Christmas Carol impact people so powerfully through Redwood’s six night’s of sold out dinner theatre. It’s a story that touches churched and unchurched alike with it’s simple but powerful call to care for those who have less in our society, to learn how to live […]

Halloween: Let’s Enjoy it!!

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From time to time myself, Henry our children’s pastor and Jarret our student ministries pastor get emails or notes of concern about how we at Redwood appear to really enjoy Halloween!! Pumpkin carving parties, costumes, decorations, lots of candy all turn up every year. Don’t we know some ask, “that this is the devils holiday?,” […]

WHAT’S REDWOOD READING? Twelve Books of Influence

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I’m often asked what authors, theologians and perspectives are influencing us in our thinking at Redwood. Like many churches that insist that they are committed to the authority of the Bible, we realize that we all view Scripture through lenses that we believe most accurately reflect what God intended to communicate through his Word. As […]

The Summit, Catalyst & The Changing Face of Missions

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I found Willow’s Leadership Summit held at the beginning of August to be yet again an amazingly powerful and empowering experience. The Summit took some of the themes that surfaced at the Catalyst West Conference and pushed them further, with noticeably more octane than at Catalyst. One of the common issues to both was the […]

Hybels: Pulls Through Again!!

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For those of you waiting for another post about Catalyst West, it’s coming, but last week I had a phenomenal experience that that blew away Catalyst West, as great as Catalyst west was! I had the opportunity to spend a full day in a Q&A setting with one the great influencers in my life, Bill […]