Choosing Home


Ask any Third Culture Kid (TCK) where they are from, and the expected answer is, “I don’t know.” 

As TCKs, we are told that we are supposed to be on a quest for this illusive idea of home. 

Here are three insights I have had about this concept called home. 

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3 Canadian Hymns


Looking at the lyrics of 3 Canadian hymns, and reflecting on worship through music. 

"It is not enough for most of us simply to hear the Word, or the sermon. If we are going to love God with our hearts as well as our minds, we need to accept the offer presented in Colossians 3:16: 'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.'

God does not want us to be grim-faced galley-slaves; he wants us to be joyful.

A word that we hear might enter our heads, but a word that we sing will 'dwell in us richly.'"

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Should Pastors be Required to Marry All?


Should pastors be required to marry any couple that asks, including same-sex couples? Where is the line between religious rights & legal requirements? A look at civil and religious marriages, and an alternative way forward.

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A Vanilla Life: 5 Questions to Consider as you Build Cross-Cultural Friendships

 

5 Questions to Consider as you Build Cross-Cultural Friendships.

Vanilla describes most of my childhood: Food was predictable, community was homogenous, and the exotic or unusual was reserved for travelogue shows on TV.

Vanilla was my ice cream flavor of choice. It was safe, predictable, and delicious. All those other flavors might not be as good…and risking ice cream disappointment seemed unimaginable to me. It wasn’t until my teens that I discovered the delights of Mint Chocolate Chip, Maple Walnut, and other wonderful flavours.


A Community Living Toward Wholeness

“Yes, I love Jesus Christ, but I don’t go to church.”

Over the years, I’ve heard similar statements from lots of people. Asked about church, they may say, “The teaching is good, the music is great – but it’s like going to a show or a concert, I don’t experience real community.” Or here’s another one: “They’re friendly, but I can’t make any friends there.”  

What are they looking for – even yearning for – in a church? 

Here are some insights to be a Jesus community living towards wholeness, including 3 things you can bring to a Jesus community. 


Walking by Faith

After all, isn't it God himself who provides us with a sincere and strong faith in Him? What does it mean to walk by faith? Read on for some contemplations on the topic of faith. 


Why Canada Needs Biblical Hospitality

Jesus demonstrated how one can balance the tension between pursuing holiness and being a friend of sinners, and he did it through hospitality. 


Canada Day: A Story of Belonging

Our COO, Rick Burdett, is a new(ish) Canadian! This is his story about belonging.

On December 11, 2018, my wife Chris and I became citizens of Canada. Prior to that, for the past nine years, we were permanent residents of Canada and citizens of the United States. We had immigrated to Canada in 2010, where I served as a pastor in a church in Delta, BC.  We left home, family, our church family, friends and the country we were blessed to live in; these were the places of belonging for us.


A Salute to Dr. Doug Harris

Outreach Canada salutes one of Canada’s great Christian leaders: Dr. Doug Harris


Why Missions Fail without Collaboration

We cannot afford to work alone. We accomplish far more, and the results are amazingly better, when we work together with others. Keep reading to find out 14 benefits of Collaboration in Missions. 

 


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