Saying Good Bye

Saying Good Bye

As I finish packing up my stuff in the office and putting everything else in order, it is time for me to say my Good Bye on our website.  I will probably be using Thursday to get ready for the trip to Milk River, and will be on the trip from Friday morning to Sunday...
Mark’s Revolutionary Jesus

Mark’s Revolutionary Jesus

In chapters 2 and 3 of the Gospel of Mark, we read about a revolutionary Jesus. In Mark 2:1-12, he challenges the belief that people can only be forgiven by the intervention of the religious institution.  Jesus casually tells a paralyzed man that he is forgiven, then,...

Church Change Challenges

Churches face many change challenges in being faithful to our calling.  Yesterday, Mark Tremblay, minister at Knox Presbyterian, was the guest preacher at Evening Grace and his message surprised me as it was given in the cathedral church for the Presbyterians in...

Wow! and Oh! Futures for Churches

In conversation with a member of the congregation yesterday, I went off on a bit of a rant about what churches are doing and could be doing in response to changes in society and technology. The Right Reverend Jordan Cantwell, in her message on May 13, mentioned a...

Managing Change

Change is essential to anything that is alive, including  faith communities.  Managing change is the challenge and essential task of faith communities that put faith first.  As followers of Jesus, our faith calls us to grow our relationship with God and with others...

What Love Looks Like (Pam Rocker)

A friend sent me a link to an interview of Pam Rocker by Illuminate at the Conference for Youth in London Conference.  it is an excellent interview worth listening to. The link to her website is http://www.pamrocker.com/media/.  Go towards the bottom of that page to...
Important Conversations

Important Conversations

Important conversations are those that lead to: destruction or healing; death or new life.  Margaret J. Wheatley, in her book, Turning to One Another, promotes personal and community healing through our relationships with one another.  On page 24, in a section on the...
Vexatious Verses for May 8

Vexatious Verses for May 8

We had an interesting discussion of 1 Timothy this morning, but only men were present.  We are hoping some women will be present next Tuesday for Vexatious Verses as we look at more of 1 Timothy and possibly a couple of other similar letters.  1 Timothy is jarring in...
Grumpy Old Man Notes

Grumpy Old Man Notes

I feel like a grumpy old man this evening.  While walking to South Centre Mall for supper and then back to the office for an evening meeting, I reflected on stories I have heard over the past couple of years and my own experiences.  I ended up feeling angry about how...