How Should We Then Live?


The question is asked, “How do we move forward as a moral and ethical minority in a secular and pluralistic society?”

This is a good question for any generation.

What does it mean to be “moral and ethical,” and by what standard is it judged? Do we have the right to that claim? These are larger questions for another time. For now, it is enough to challenge the claim of being “a moral and ethical minority” to raise the question, “Are we?”

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Opportunities & Threats for the Canadian Church: What's Next?


"What’s next?" is a big question. We may not know the next step, but do we know the right direction?

We will move ahead whether we are prepared or not. But what are we expecting? Is it only our wish to see the “old normal” resumed or is it to see God’s kingdom being “in operation” more explicitly? I would certainly like to see churches awakened to visualize God’s kingdom come, but in the midst of this I recognize there are both opportunities and threats.

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Four Components of Disciple Making Movements


How can a disciple-making group lead to more groups and, perhaps, even to a disciple-making movement in our culture?

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Stop Training People

Stop training. 

You are probably wasting your time and that of those you are training!  Seriously! 

I say that as a trainer of church planters, church leaders, and church planting catalysts or multipliers.  How many hours do we spend training people?  If we count going to conferences as part of training or retraining, how much time does that add?  And what results are we seeing? 

Please don’t stop reading yet!  I still train and I do organize training events.  But they have changed quite a bit. 


What's Next? Hope Amidst the Mess

As we move into this next season, let’s not be surprised when things are messy or challenging. We need God! Let’s lean into him, as we navigate this new normal.

Wherever we may be, whatever is on the horizon, whatever comes our way, we anticipate that God is at work!


Living in Hope

We are clinging to any sign of hope. Yet, it does not take long before we realize that these hopes are on shaky ground. Circumstances change and suddenly we are afloat, looking for another lifebuoy of hope on which to cling. Pandemics have a way of pulling back the curtain, revealing misplaced hope, and driving us deeper into the search for real hope.

My hope lies in binding myself to Jesus, above all else, and placing my hope in this greater narrative of resurrection. Resting in this hope, I can live a life of hope, even in a pandemic.


The Relationship between Prayer & Witness

What is the role of prayer as we look to share our faith with others?

I confess my tendency when presented with the opportunity to speak out as a witness, is to immediately consider possible consequences for engaging in the witness role. Sometimes I engage the opportunity. Sometimes I hit the mental pause button and continue on pause until the opportunity is no longer there.

 


Prompting of the Holy Spirit in the Early Church & our Neighbourhoods

The early believers experienced the full scope of the Spirit’s working and speaking.  This sensitivity to the Spirit was made possible through their steady commitment to worship and listening prayer. 

Exploring the prompting of the Holy Spirit -  in the early church & in our current neighbourhoods.

 


7 Characteristics of Effective Witnesses

Some of the most effective witnesses I've seen have surprised me. They don't look like what I imagine. They aren't necessarily well-educated, or financially stable, or well-established in society.

I've had the opportunity to work alongside some very fruitful witnesses, those who have seen many people choose to follow Jesus Christ, as the Holy Spirit empowered their efforts. Here's some things I've learned from watching them...


What Crime Shows Teach Us about Being a Good Witness

Growing up, I watched a lot of crime dramas and police shows and these days there are more of them than ever.

Whether they are trying to be funny or serious there is always a constant theme when trying to solve a crime: Finding a witness, or better yet multiple witnesses, and determining whether their accounts match up with each other and make sense with the physical evidence.


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