Post-publication Reflections: The Soul of the City: Mapping the Spiritual Geography of Eleven Canadian Cities

By |2018-11-12T15:01:56+00:00November 12th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, The Soul of the City|

When I told a Church in the City class of Tyndale seminary students that I was given the challenge to write about Toronto for The Soul of the City, one of the Greater Toronto Area students became quite animated: “That’s impossible! The city is too big and diverse!” He was right. When I had sat

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Reflections on ReImagine 2018

By |2018-11-01T17:44:50+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church, Church Planting|

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

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Jumping the Shark: The Dark Side of Relevance

By |2018-10-18T15:09:18+00:00October 9th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, Theological reflection|

If you enjoy absurd humour with a sprinkling of social commentary, then the series All Hail King Julian is for you. It isn't for my family (as they question my taste in viewing pleasure), but I like the wise (or not so wise) fool who is the alpha lemur in Madagascar. In one episode they

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The Soul of the City – Introduction, Part 1

By |2018-09-28T16:05:33+00:00August 24th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, The Soul of the City|

Urban life is the reality for most Westerners now. In Canada 82% of our citizens live in cities. William Cronon notes that for many of us cities have “represented all that [is] most unnatural about human life… a cancer on an otherwise beautiful landscape”

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Welcome to Cypher Church, the church for the outsiders….

By |2018-08-24T17:03:32+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting|

Calgary is home to one of the largest metro populations of religious “nones” in the country. Over a 1/3 of the population would check the box, “no religious affiliation” when asked. The contemporary church, rooted in Christendom, struggles to connect with the emerging majority demographic. It’s here where we decided to immerse a church with intention knowing full well we had few answers coming in. First off, who’s we?

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Permaculture Church Planting

By |2018-06-28T17:21:50+00:00June 29th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, Theological reflection|

At some point in my undergraduate years I stumbled onto the idea of Permaculture, which is “a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around… utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.” I was fascinated and intrigued by this way of organizing society – and of gardening. In the basement stacks

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Church Planting in Relationship: Crestview & Geekdom House

By |2018-04-25T00:39:35+00:00April 25th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, Stories, Theological reflection|

I’m a big geek. I play video games regularly, read comics every chance I get, and try to watch every sci-fi or fantasy movie as soon as they come out. So, when I heard about an organization called Geekdom House, I was very interested. Meeting Kyle Rudge and talking about his mission had me

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The Passing of Jordon Cooper

By |2018-03-28T15:53:18+00:00March 27th, 2018|Blog, Church Planting, Remembrance|

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

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New Leaf Network Reflections

By |2018-08-24T17:04:45+00:00March 12th, 2018|About New Leaf, Blog, Canadian Culture, Church, Church Planting, Leadership, Theological reflection|

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

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