Last Sunday I woke up early and before I even opened my eyes, I began praying for the sick. My wife had been dealing with some new health issues and I eventually got up and wrote these prayers for use in worship. I was reminded how anemic our theology of sickness and healing often is. Why […]Read More Prayers for Living with Illness
Ash Wednesday, Lent, and telling the Gospel Story through Liturgy “These ashes remind us that we all need Jesus.” We passed around a small bowl of ashes to the children and let the children touch them and make observations. We pointed out how the ashes came from something alive but are now just ashes and dust (ashes […]Read More Sharing the Gospel through Ashes
I had a cool encounter last night at a panel discussion on Christian Unity at the Newman Centre (the Catholic Student Union) at McGill University. During a break, another out-of-place looking guy walked over and introduced himself: “I’m Terrell, and I work as a Parish Vitality Consultant for the Catholic Church.” Surprised, but excited, I […]Read More Are Today’s Trials Pushing the Church Back Together Again?
At our junior camp this year, we had a boy who liked to ask a lot of questions—questions in the middle of our lessons, questions about completely different subjects, questions that evolved into stories, etc. I gently responded each time, “that would be an excellent conversation to have after our lesson.” Finally, when I […]Read More Ten Experiences Children Need in Church
For the last several months, a church I work with has been considering the sale of their building and the possibility of renting another church or alternative space for their community. All practical challenges of the church are also theological in nature. How should we understand the spiritual or sacred dimension of our church’s building?Read More 10-minute Theology – Church Buildings
It was a beautiful hike up the mountain. My wife and I were in Canmore for a retreat, and we had just enough time for a late afternoon hike. We’d fallen in love with the colour pallette of the Rockies in the autumn, which is very different from home in Quebec. The terrain was relatively […]Read More The Art of Living in Exile: Finding home in Post-Christian North America
The Christian holiday of Epiphany was this Friday. If you’d like to read a good devotional on Ephiphany, check out Seven Lessons from the Magi (unless you are in my small group, in which case, wait until tomorrow night:). Wise Women Many ministers have prepared a sermon for tomorrow on the Visit of the Magi. I […]Read More Wise men, and wise women?
I’ve been trying to figure it out for months… how to make sense of this election year. And then finally, I did. We’re all stuck in a real-life version of the Great Gatsby. I discovered the Great Gatsby in high school. I loved the intrigue of Gatsby, mysteriously wealthy, wildly popular, secretly heart-broken… and a […]Read More You’re Stuck in the Great Gatsby, Old Sport
About three or four times a month I find myself in a living room or a restaurant with a small team of about 10 other adults. We are planning to plant (start) a church in my borough. Teams like this are unique because they are still in formation. Their core identity, values, and mission are […]Read More Behavioural Guide for Small Teams
Sadly, Christian leaders are still falling prey to lust and the Church is drawn into their anguish. Some, like Tullian Tchividjian—grandson of famed Billy Graham, and pastor at former D. James Kennedy’s Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church—are like rising stars that seem to fall abruptly out of the sky. Others might be featured less prominently in […]Read More Responding to Lust, Confronting Shame: A Better Narrative for How The Church Talks About Sex