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...

Race: All Ages Event June 16

Our All Ages Event for June will be combined with the Movie Night on Saturday, June 16.  The theme will be Race into Summer. The movie, Race, will be shown at 7 pm and followed by a time for discussion.  The movie is about Jesse Owens at the 1936 Summer Olympics in...

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...

All Ages Event for June 16

Just a brief note to alert people that the All Ages Event for June will be combined with Movie Night on June 16.  Planning is still tentative, but Jim is planning on a variety of fun activities related to summer and to the movie between 5 and 6 pm.  There will be a...

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...

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