20 Oct

Choosing Joy

Joy is a tricky thing. So often we think of joy being the same as happiness. While happiness has something to do with joy, it is not joy. One way of looking at it is that happiness is our emotional response to a situation. We get a cookie, it makes us happy life is good. We drop the cookie, life’s no longer so good!
Happiness is dependent on our circumstances. But joy, joy is different. Read More

13 Oct

The most important thing I know

art-clay1.s600x600I think the most important thing for anyone to know is that they were made in the image of God. It is a simple but pivotal truth. To know someone is made in God’s image should change what we think of them.

In the creation poem of Genesis 1, when people are created we are told they are created in the image of God. While there could be much discussion as to what exactly this image means, the truth needs to be embraced that regardless of what exactly this image is, we are made in His image. Read More

06 Oct

Finding your fit

clothing-on-rackI hate buying clothes. It is probably my least favourite thing to shop for. I don’t like having to try them on and search for the right size. Truth is usually I don’t try them on and buy them anyway. Then its a surprise when I get home to see if they fit or not when I put them on, and usually its not the right fit!

Often times I think in church we have a similar approach to finding the right fit in where we serve. Read More

29 Sep

What shape is your water

 

water glass

That’s a strange question isn’t it? But think about it, what shape is water? Is it really any shape at all? Well if you have it in a cylindrical glass it is the shape of a cylinder, or maybe its the shape of your pool, or a lake, or any number of things. Because water takes the shape of the item that contains it. Water itself is fluid and adapts, but once it is in something it appears to be the shape of that thing.
Now for another question: what shape is your Gospel? This might be harder to answer, but try. And what defines the shape of that gospel? Read More

22 Sep

The movement of the Gospel

creationThe topic of the gospel is one that I am very passionate about. And I think many other followers of Jesus are equally passionate about it. We are passionate about it because it is what our faith is about. The Gospel is why we follow Jesus. But unfortunately I think there are so many competing ideas out there about what the Gospel is that it makes it hard for us to embrace it and live it out.
While  the Gospel has a great deal to do with the person of Jesus who walked the earth 2000 years ago, the Gospel, the good news God has for the world, has been around for a lot longer than that event. Read More

15 Sep

The meal Jesus shares with us

communionI think sometimes it is easy to forget the context of the first communion Jesus shared with His followers. We get so used to communion being that thing we do, maybe, once a month where we get these small pieces of bread and a little bit of juice.

But the context of that first communion makes it so much more. And it makes it necessary for us to see it as more.

In communion we see the past meets the present with a hope for the future.

We see the meal that Jesus shared with his followers celebrating God’s rescue of those who need rescuing and we see the future hope that God gives us. Wherever we might find ourselves at this moment, in communion we can look to the past and see the hope of our future.

I hope that you know that wherever your past has brought you, whatever choices good or bad you’ve made, wherever you find yourself right now, there is a future greater than you could have imagine. A future that God calls us to, where slaves are set free and there is greater joy then we thought possible.

08 Sep

Reflections on the Prodigal Son

 

prodigalsonIn the early 1990′s there was a song by Blue Rodeo that often was on the radio that had a 

very simple chorus, “And if we are lost then we are lost together” that was repeated throughout the song. One of my favorite stories that Jesus tells in Luke 15 is the story of two brothers who are lost together.

One lost in his mistakes.

The other lost in his righteousness.

The great difference is how each brother responded to their lost-ness. Read More

01 Sep

Familiarity can make us blind

bathroomI used to live in a home that had a very ugly bathroom. It was painted a strange mint like green. It had dark cabinets and a light colored bathtub. None of our towels went well with the room. I grew up with this bathroom and never really noticed it was ugly until I was much older. I came back at Christmas after being away and was amazed at how ugly it really was, and that I had never noticed. Why? Because I was so used to it I was blind to it.

We can get so familiar with things that we aren’t aware of them. Read More

25 Aug

Obsessing over the right things

lego batmanMy son loves Lego. Whenever he sees a new set he insistently asks me to buy it for him. He has a few different sets, but he has favorites. Right now its Lego Batman, and when he couldn’t find said Batman one day, there was a furious quest in his room to find it for fear that our dog may have eaten it. He became obsessed with finding it, and in turn I had to join in on the obsession. Thankfully the dog didn’t eat it.
When we loose something we love, something important to us, we obsess over it. We must find it. Read More

18 Aug

Working through Infallibility and Inerrancy

BibleIf you are like me and have friends who do not go to church, or believe in Jesus, chances are you’ve been faced with some really interesting questions at times. One that I get often from people I know is about the bible. A lot of us are really confused (both inside and outside the church) on what the bible is and what we should do with it. Often I get asked about how it got put together, why there are so many contradictions and how can you trust something that people have changed over and over again in history.

I believe in letting the bible be the authority in your life, and that sometimes even if we don’t agree with it, it doesn’t mean the text isn’t true and it should affect how we live.

Giving the text authority in our life is very important. But one of the struggles we will have with giving the bible authority in our life is in wrestling with the idea that scripture is infallible and innerant.  Read More