Leanne

This past week a good friend of mine died. At 43 years of age she lost a long battle with cancer and in her sleep slipped away to be at home with Jesus. Leanne was like no one I had ever met…

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Inside

After watching the hearing of Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford yesterday the one question that I can’t get away from is how come we treat each other so poorly? One side demonizes the other, believing what they want to believe, hearing what they want to hear, seeing what they want to see to support their hatred, disgust, and contempt for the other. It’s the same on both sides. What is it that stops us from basic courtesy? Why don’t we listen without pre-judgment? Why can so few people seem to feel compassion on both sides of the issue?

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Change

I wrote last week about our upcoming retreat. The 12 of us had an amazing week-end, learning from each other about what it means to be who we are in Christ. I’ll be honest, I went in with some fear and trepidation, but what can go wrong when you have a group of people like this? But over the course of the weekend I realized anew why I think this series of Spiritual Formation Retreats are so important. Let me tell you…

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Becoming

David Benner writes, “Seekers settle for being finders, even when what is found is so much less than what their spirits call them toward. Being and becoming are both routinely sacrificed on the altar of doing.”

I can identify with that…

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Family Meeting

I’m always hesitant to post a video of a sermon, because what kind of people watch sermon videos online? But I’m posting this one because it was from our GBC Family Meeting where I talk about what it means to be a part of our church and why it is so vitally important, both for us as individuals and for our community. So consider yourself warned…

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Impact

One of the “friends” listed on my website is Impact Ministries, an organization based out of Kamloops, BC that works to develop schools in the mountains of Guatemala. Our church has partnered with them over the past 15+ years in the work that they do. Our most recent team just go back from 10 days there. There are too many things to say about this ministry that is not just educating children, but impacting people all around them with the Good News of Jesus. You should really check them out here.

Just to give you a taste of what it’s like…

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Days

Let me be honest and upfront: I love my job. I fully believe that what I do is what I was made for and would want to do nothing else. But there are days…

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Empathy

The more we immerse ourselves in technology the more overwhelmed we become. Instead of actually living life and experiencing our activities and the people around us, we seek to capture it, to contain it, to save it into a chunk of data that we can carry in our pocket. We lose the ability to actually be present, and even worse, we lose a vital skill in relationships: empathy.

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Hello

“…I sometimes follow my doubts

outside to the yard and question the sky,

longing to have the fight settled, thinking

I can't go on like this, and finally I say

all right, it is improbable, all right, there

is no God…”

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Darkness

Maybe you've heard the story.  Last week Pastor Andrew Stoecklein of Inland Hills Church (Chino, CA) took his own life.  He was 30 years old, and with his 29 year old wife Kayla had three young sons, aged 5, 4, and 2.

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Richest

That's the way it goes with "riches". You aren't given them to hoard them. They are to be passed on, to serve as a blessing for others.

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Words

We are all the same. In these hard moments, words become all that we have.  We use them like packing peanuts.  We think that if life is full of them that it somehow keeps us safe, protects us from being damaged or broken.

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Friend

Four years ago last Sunday, my best friend (other than my wife) of 27 years died in a tragic drowning accident. His name was Matt Auten. He was 45. He left behind an amazing wife and two sons. He also left behind a tremendous impact on my life, so much so that rarely a day goes by without some memory or thought that is tied to what he meant to me. What's interesting is that in the past four years his absence has influenced me just as much or more than his presence did before.

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Where are you, God?

“It's enough to drive a man crazy; it'll break a man's faith
It's enough to make him wonder if he's ever been sane
When he's bleating for comfort from Thy staff and Thy rod
And the heaven's only answer is the silence of God”

Ever feel that way?

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Action or Reaction?

One of the biggest questions I run into as a pastor and as a person is "Why can't I seem to change?"  Even when I know the right thing to do I struggle to do it. I see time after time when people can't seem to shake a destructive behaviour, despite the fact that it brings them pain. This is obvious in cases like addiction, where drugs and alcohol take over a person regardless of how much pain and brokenness their presence brings. But the same thing happens more subtly with tendencies toward pride and selfishness, fear of failure and shame. All of these characteristics seem to propel us toward behaviours which actually do us harm, and yet it appears we are often powerless to choose the better, and healthier, path. I am coming to realize…

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Learning to Breathe Underwater

When the sea came calling in my life, I had to realize that my faith isn’t what I do for God, or what I believe about God, but it is the fact that I am totally consumed by who He is.  My identity isn’t based on how I think or act, but on the fact that He has me.  The doorway has opened up for me to live in a constant relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and that has turned everything on its head.  That understanding, if it can even be called an understanding, has changed everything for me.

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What about Bob?

I’ve known Bob for at least 15 years.  He’s unique to say the least.  He’s one of those people who passes through my small town on a fairly regular basis, before he burns his bridges or gets frustrated and moves on to the next place.  His life seems to be a journey between Vancouver, BC and Edmonton, AB. My little town of Hope, BC lies right along the way.

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