Leanne Friesen

About Leanne Friesen

Leanne is Lead Pastor of Mount Hamilton Baptist Church in Hamilton, Ontario, where she has served for the last 14 years. She is married to Dallas, and mother to Josiah and Lucy. She blogs at leannefriesen.com.

“That’s Not My Vomit:” (And Other Things I Want to Say When I Feel Embarrassed to Be a Christian)

By |2020-02-21T08:44:08-05:00February 24th, 2020|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church, When church is hard|

One summer when I worked at camp, there was something that happened that became one of our favourite laugh-out-loud stories. It involved a sweet little boy whose name

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Third Sunday of Advent 2019

By |2019-12-14T23:46:33-05:00December 15th, 2019|Advent and Christmas, Advent Reader, Advent Reader 2019, Blog|

Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, Luke 1:46b-55, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 Isaiah 35 Joy of the redeemed 1The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, 2it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of

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Third Saturday of Advent

By |2018-12-21T23:53:47-05:00December 22nd, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

The first Christmas after my sister died, I wasn’t prepared for how alone and isolated I felt. It started in November when I went to our local Santa Claus parade, where my son’s beaver troop was going

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My Radical Little Church

By |2018-08-16T18:25:49-04:00May 28th, 2018|Bible, Blog, Church, In the Company of Women Conference, Leadership, Stories, Theological reflection, Women|

I’ve been ruminating on this post for a while now, and I’m still not sure I’m quite ready to express all that my heart is feeling.  But soon other things will be upon us, as happens in normal church life, and I realize that before long the radical thing that just happened in my little church will be so normal

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My Good Friday Dress

By |2018-04-04T13:09:12-04:00March 29th, 2018|Canadian Culture, Church, Lent, Theological reflection|

This post first appeared as “My Good Friday Dress” on leannefriesen.com. Republished with permission.   I’m a little embarrassed to admit how much time I spend on a Sunday morning looking at my closet and deciding what to wear.  I know it’s not that unusual for people to spend time thinking about their clothes, but

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Thoughts On Lent and Dying

By |2018-02-15T15:10:56-05:00February 16th, 2018|Blog, Lent, Stories, Theological reflection|

I always talk about following Jesus as the way to life, and I believe that deep down in my bones. I also know deep down in those same bones that the way to this life often starts with death – as annoying as that can be. The last couple of years of my life

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Red Threads and Invisible Women

By |2018-11-08T16:17:56-05:00December 11th, 2017|Advent and Christmas, Bible, Blog, Theological reflection, Women|

One of the common things that I hear when people talk to me about women being preachers, particularly among those new to the idea, is the statement: “I’ve never seen it.” Sometimes this is a statement meant to express a simple lack of experience, often said with regret. Other times it is meant to

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