The Grief of Marriage: What loss & transition can teach the Canadian Church

By |2019-04-03T15:07:00-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

“Congratulations! You must be so excited!” This is the most common reaction you get from people who find out you are newly engaged and preparing to get married. This response from the kindest of people are well-intentioned, but they have fallen flat for me lately. It’s not that I’m not excited or not full of joy, it’s just that there is so much grieving taking place, too.

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Dry and Parched Land

By |2019-03-27T00:25:46-04:00March 27th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

Today’s readings: Isaiah 55:1-9 Psalm 63:1-8 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Luke 13:1-9 Rain cascaded down the ancient gothic buttresses of Westminster Abbey. Sunday morning meant the unusually long lines of tourists seeking to meander through the halls were noticeably absent. So few were present for service that I was ushered to sit in the hallowed quire. It was

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Nothing More to Give

By |2019-03-13T01:20:17-04:00March 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 |2019-03-07T11:58:18-04:00March 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 |2019-03-05T23:03:46-04:00March 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 |2019-02-08T16:18:10-04:00February 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 |2019-02-01T14:59:21-04:00February 4th, 2019|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, Theological reflection|

This post previously appeared on 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 |2018-12-24T23:35:52-04:00December 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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