Post-9/11 generations are hungry for faith; without it, they are defenceless – and without a church that offers it to them, so are we. Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he […]

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Is poverty something to be fixed, or something meant for healing through faith-filled communities? Another generation grew up after [Joshua’s], who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel. ~ Judges 2:10 A lot of people of all ages struggle to make ends meet. Our government counts some as being […]

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Church growth is about more than filling a building with people – it’s developing the many assets that faith reveals in a community. Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ – Matthew 14:16 I serve as a Seminarian Associate for a church that is preparing to buy land for […]

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The U.S. elections this year feature lots of commentators with lots of opinions about who is right for America. Which “prophets” should we listen to? God knows. [The prophet Elijah said,] “Therefore have all Israel assemble for me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of […]

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Violence against innocent people seems to be everywhere. It can seem like an epidemic of madness, at times – but what is our own role in the “violence flu?” [Jesus] had said been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” ~ Mark 5:8 (NASB) As I sat down at my desk this morning, […]

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Belief in Jesus Christ is hard for many people to find – even for those who go to church!  There are a few simple things that can help people to encounter the living God found in Jesus Christ. “If Christianity is untrue, then no honest man will want to believe it, however helpful it might be; […]

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Churches sometimes face divisive issues such as human sexuality. It’s inevitable – we can’t always love one another as God loves us. The United Methodist Church showed recently that how we close that gap makes all the difference. God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world […]

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A busy cafe table is turned into a church family every Thursday night, as faith-filled people studying the Bible speak their truth with love. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers. ~  Acts 1:14 Having a Bible study fellowship […]

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Grace is God’s undeserved gift of love, freely given at a great price. How does a hospital turn into a place infused with God’s grace?  The holy time is quiet as a nun Breathless with adoration ~William Wordsworth The day is gray and clammy; the hospital building is unremarkable; its hallways are mostly featureless and […]

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Responding to a calling to serve the church is about the journey more than the destination – but what joy there is to see your destination arriving! And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. ~ Revelation 21:2 Forty years […]

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