How the Bible Nearly Killed My Faith

By | 2017-09-22T16:54:27+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Bible, Blog, Theological reflection|

Book Review: The Bible is the world’s best-selling book. For many it is a sacred text, providing spiritual inspiration and insight, while for some it is viewed primarily as an historical and religious artifact. Still others consider it to be a dangerous piece of written propaganda filled with irrelevant fables and fairy tales from an ancient tribal culture.

Comments Off on How the Bible Nearly Killed My Faith

Killer Questions – Denominations

By | 2017-09-21T13:23:33+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Blog, Church Planting, Killer Questions|

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 as the Church in Canada means more diversity, not less. It can be hard work to maintain unity while,

Comments Off on Killer Questions – Denominations

Stories Birth More Stories

By | 2017-09-17T23:27:27+00:00 September 18th, 2017|About New Leaf, Blog, New Leaf Core Values|

Here at New Leaf, we find stories essential. We want to connect you to stories that you will find encouraging, and we want to know your story. Have you ever been in a conversation, telling a story and your conversation partner interrupts your story with a story of their own?

Comments Off on Stories Birth More Stories

A Hell of a Thing to Believe

By | 2017-09-15T12:51:55+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Blog, Theological reflection|

This blog post first appeared on Rumblings. Re-published with permission. Human beings spend a lot of time arguing about whether or not our beliefs are true. Even in these strange days where “I feel like” seems to have replaced “I think that” as the, ahem, ultimate trump card in a given dispute

Comments Off on A Hell of a Thing to Believe

Calling Stories

By | 2017-09-12T13:14:54+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Blog, Church Planting, Stories|

Some of my favourite moments in the Bible are when God calls someone to something big. I find a strange sort of comfort in how these stories play out. Jeremiah 1:4-10 shares an intimate moment between the prophet Jeremiah and God Himself, when God calls Jeremiah to do his difficult work of preaching bad news

Comments Off on Calling Stories

Welcoming the More Complex Woman, Part 2

By | 2017-08-24T13:50:46+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Blog, Women|

I finally broke down and attended my first women's retreat when I was about 27. I had been married for 2 years and figured, this is what older, married women do right? (Back then I used to think 27 was old). I was a woman, I really loved camping & being at the lake

Comments Off on Welcoming the More Complex Woman, Part 2

Killer Questions – Clarity

By | 2017-09-21T13:20:25+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Blog, Church Planting, Killer Questions|

Clarity is a valuable commodity in any start-up project. Clarity can be hard to come by especially when things are going full steam. Planters and starters can find themselves so busy mopping up the floor that they don’t have time to turn off the tap.

Comments Off on Killer Questions – Clarity

Welcoming the More Complex Woman, Part 1

By | 2017-09-12T13:16:32+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Blog, Women|

I think everyone has their awkward years growing up — that particular phase of angst, searching for personal identity, not feeling you like fit in or belong, making questionable fashion choices

Comments Off on Welcoming the More Complex Woman, Part 1

Come to the Table

By | 2017-08-19T16:35:36+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Blog, Stories, Theological reflection|

This blog post first appeared on Empire Remixed. Re-published with permission. I can see myself on that road It’s not all that hard It’s a road I’ve walked A thousand times Will walk a thousand times again Before I can walk no more And tonight, standing before you With you, amongst you I

Comments Off on Come to the Table