Thanksgiving: It Just Might Be Originally Canadian!

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Since 1623, North Americans have taken time at the completion of the harvest to give thanks to God for His abundant provision.  Okay I get that here in Wood Buffalo our cash crop bitumen, is a continual harvest. So all the more to be thankful for!! It’s true that Thanksgiving including turkey and pumpkin pie […]

Tracking Moose & Experiencing God

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 I remember well the very first time I, well let’s use the politically correct term, “harvested” a moose. It was a clear crisp autumn morning; the leaves were just beginning to turn a brilliant yellow and orange. Between my friend the veteran moose hunter and myself we had a cow and a calf tag. We […]

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 […]

Ethical Porn: Really?

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So on the first Sunday in February at the Fort McMurray Alliance Church we had what we called “Porn Sunday”.  You can find the message on iTunes by clicking here. So what’s this about? Recently I had a conversation with a guy who thought my concern about his regular use of porn was a bit […]

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 […]

Dishing Out More Than Food!

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Some of you wonder what my wife Jane does with her summers at Ontario Pioneer Camps. Well here’s a “sweet” article from the September edition of InterVaristy’s “The Insider,” a newsletter designed to connect InterVarsity staff from across the country that gives a bit of insight … In the 1992 movie, Under Siege, Steven Seagal […]