Nothing More to Give

By |2019-03-13T01:20:17+00:00March 13th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

I’ve been thinking about Lent this year and honestly, I’m exhausted. I feel like I have given up so much during this season of life (the ability to sleep through the night uninterrupted, my free time, time to read for pleasure, my personal space as little boys cling to me constantly). The idea of being

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Tensions of Lent

By |2019-03-07T11:58:18+00:00March 8th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

In this video, Kevin Makins reflects on the tensions of Lent. Check out his reflections on Ash Wednesday. "A lot of life is lived between two tensions ... Do you feel any tension in your life - in your work, or in your family, or in your values?" Check out other videos from Kevin on

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Ash Wednesday, a reflection

By |2019-03-05T23:03:46+00:00March 6th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

Jesus said that all the laws and instructions from the prophets could be reduced to two simple commands: Love God with everything you are and love others the way you love yourself. But what if you don’t love yourself? It goes from a really simple command to an insurmountable hurdle when loving yourself seems impossible.

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A Narrative of Bridge Building

By |2019-02-08T16:18:10+00:00February 11th, 2019|Blog, Church Planting, Contributor Profiles|

We want to introduce you to the New Leaf Blog contributors by giving them a chance for them to share their story. Sharing today, Bernard Tam. It is often weird having to write about yourself; to paint a narrative that would best help others know who you are. If you know me well you

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Plesionology is theology’s long lost twin

By |2019-02-01T14:59:21+00:00February 4th, 2019|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, Theological reflection|

This post previously appeared on medium.com as Plesionology is theology’s long lost twin, and why it’s renewing my faith I have had a persistent nudge of curiosity that I simply cannot shake. Everytime I have breakfast with my neighbour Chris, or talk about gardening with Steve, or get together with our neighbours Colin

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Christmas Day

By |2018-12-24T23:35:52+00:00December 25th, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:1-20 Isaiah 62:6-12 6 I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem;     they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord,     give yourselves no rest, 7 and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem     and makes her the praise of the earth.

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Advent – Christmas Eve

By |2018-12-23T23:38:51+00:00December 24th, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

The first Christmas Eve must have been quite uneventful. Although for generations the Israelites had been waiting on the arrival of The Messiah, we recognize that on the first Christmas Jesus was born silently in Nazareth.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent

By |2018-12-21T23:12:22+00:00December 23rd, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

Scripture reading for today: Micah 5:2-5a, Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:5-10, Luke 1:39-55 Micah 5:2-5 2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,     though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me     one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old,     from ancient times.” 3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned     until

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