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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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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My Radical Little Church

By |2018-08-16T18:25:49+00:00May 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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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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Transformational Coaching: A Reflection

By |2018-09-07T13:29:26+00:00April 13th, 2018|About New Leaf, Blog, Events, Starters, Stories, Theological reflection, Transformational Coaching|

For years in ministry I felt the anxious burden of trying to change people. On one level trying to change people gave me an unconscious high, like an adrenal hit, as people came to me, a Pastor, looking for advice on the complicated realities of their lives and ministry. On the other hand, I

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Learning and Leading Amidst Grief

By |2018-04-10T16:50:55+00:00April 10th, 2018|Canadian Culture, Church, Doubt, Remembrance, Stories, Theological reflection|

I have been surrounded by an uncommon amount of grief this month.  I’ve attended funerals in support of personal friends, I’ve officiated a memorial for my friend Jordon Cooper, and this week I even found myself caught up in the national grief over the Humboldt Broncos’ bus crash.  The past month has afforded me a

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My Good Friday Dress

By |2018-04-04T13:09:12+00:00March 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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Death of a Triumphant Jesus

By |2018-04-05T14:06:31+00:00March 26th, 2018|Blog, Church, Lent, Palm Sunday, Theological reflection|

This post first appeared as “Death of a Triumphant Jesus” on brandonshillington.com. Republished with permission. Yesterday was Palm Sunday. Often Palm Sunday is a joy-filled day Christians wave Palm Branches and celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as a victory of vision – a delightful moment when the world saw and celebrated

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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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