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

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

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...

Seven Things That Will Drive Future Church Growth

A recent post by Carey Nieuwhof from Barrie, Ontario, offered seven things that will drive future church growth.  None of them are new, and I preached on some of these already, but I believe it is helpful to post an excerpt of the post.  The whole post is accessible...

Upcoming Community Events for Parents and Others

Community Educational Services offers a variety of events related to health and wellness issues.  The following are coming relatively close to St. Andrew's Centre: Wednesday May 2 1:15 PM - 2 PM Fish Creek Library 11161 Bonaventure Drive SE, Calgary Introduction to...

To Love Enough: Message for April 22 2018

To Love Enough was Rev. Jim Kenney's message in worship on Sunday, April 22, based on the Scripture passage of 1 John 3:16-24. My message today is to love enough is to be close enough to God to have enough power to do incredible things.  Before I begin, here is what I...

Qualities of Leadership

Top leadership of most organizations share a few common qualities. Carey Nieuwhof, part of leadership team for a large church, Connexus, in Barrie Ontario with satellite churches in Orillia and Midland, posts  blogs about leadership and church growth.  His theology is...

Vexatious Verses: Creeping through Revelations

For the next few weeks, we will creep through the most troubling parts of the Book of Revelations.   It will be a time to wonder about what we should do, if anything, with many of these passages while we consider what circumstances and feelings were behind their...

HALT and Good Decision-Making

I attended a webinar which was a boundaries refresher course for United Church ministers with a focus on the use of social media.  There were many useful parts in the webinar, but there was one near the end about HALT which is very pertinent to making good decisions....

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