These last few weeks have been a large scale experiment in ecclesiology. As we boil down what we think the church is so we can "do it online" - we are revealing what we consider to be the essence of the church.
An Invitation to an Unlikely Christmas Feast. Today’s reading in Isaiah is such a clear picture of a world I want to be a part of. Isaiah invites us to imagine a future in which God’s reign is at the centre of our world. A future where God’s judgment, true and just, begins to settle the disputes of many peoples.
The point of the Lenten season is to prepare us spiritually for the events of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. These three days are the pinnacle of the Christian calendar. They point us each year to the God
Scripture reading for today (click to read): Jeremiah 33:14-16, Psalms 25:1-10, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36 Jeremiah 33:14-16 14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. 15 “‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s
This year marks the first time that the Parish Collective has held a conference in Canada. Elle and yours truly were in attendance. We love people who are passionate and committed to their neighbourhoods. People who work hard to form communities that embody the gospel are our kind of people. If you’ve never been to
I have been surrounded by an uncommon amount of grief this month. I’ve attended funerals in support of personal friends, I’ve officiated a memorial for my friend Jordon Cooper, and this week I even found myself caught up in the national grief over the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash. The past month has afforded me a
At 3:05pm on March 26, 2018 Jordon Cooper, the “blogfather” of Resonate—a distinctly Canadian online conversation (1999-2008) that connected churches and church leaders across the country—succumbed to colon and liver cancer. Jordon, through Resonate, helped foster a sense of shared experience with many planters and starters. Resonate’s absence on the Canadian scene after 2008 is
New Leaf Network Reflections One of my favourite things about New Leaf, in it’s start-up phase, is how much and how fast things change. When we gathered our tiny little group together on December 8th, 2015, to start New Leaf (on January 1st, 2016) we had no road map of how to get here from
In theory, all denominations want to engage in forming new kinds of churches. Many will state publicly that their future depends on it. But saying something is different than doing something. The future we all face