Embrace big changes. Both the joyful, and the horrible moments of discontinuity produce life.

Embrace big changes. Both the joyful, and the horrible moments of discontinuity produce life.

There are moments in life when everything changes. We tend to forget that. We think that what we are experiencing now is “normal”, forgetting that our “normal” has changed time and time again throughout our lives. Of course things are actually changing all the time, but because the changes are so small we tend to ignore them until we are confronted with a photo or some other reminder about how things were a few years ago. Today, though, I am…

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9 things you need to know about Jesus’ vision for the church. Hybels and Eldredge got it wrong. Bono got it right.

9 things you need to know about Jesus’ vision for the church. Hybels and Eldredge got it wrong. Bono got it right.

Mega church pastor Bill Hybels claims that: “The hope of the world is not government, academia, business, but the church because it is to the church that God has entrusted the message of salvation, which truly changes people’s lives and hearts.” Bill believes the most important thing about the church is our message. Bill is wrong. The message is important… but it is not the most important thing about the church, or the most important gift the church has for…

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For the foreseeable future, we cannot just assume that people who proclaim themselves to be authorities are telling the truth.

For the foreseeable future, we cannot just assume that people who proclaim themselves to be authorities are telling the truth.

On October 30, the CBS news in America announced that an invasion had begun. From the moment the broadcast started the audience of about 32 million people was transfixed in horror as they began to understand that the future of the whole world was now being threatened. People started to panic. Once the director of the programming realized the impact of the broadcast, he made the choice to make a public announcement. “This is Orson Welles, ladies and gentlemen, out…

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We were reminded by a New York Billionaire that it is words and not ideas that change us.

We were reminded by a New York Billionaire that it is words and not ideas that change us.

On Sunday I spoke at church about the importance of letting the bible shape your identity. It felt like an important message about how we need to find our identity in the biblical story. On Tuesday, from the comfort of the Lake Louise Chateau Hotel, I watched Donald Trump become  President-Elect of the United States because he had learned to tell a different kind of story. Leeanne and I were in the mountains for the annual Prayer Retreat for the Western Canadian District…

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It’s tiring if you play a role to maintain a good image. One day your true character will be discovered.

It’s tiring if you play a role to maintain a good image. One day your true character will be discovered.

The major capital city newspaper, writing about the upcoming election, wrote “hate speech has gotten out of control.” While they could have been speaking about some of the more extreme things we have seen coming out of the most bizarre U.S. election any of us have ever seen, they weren’t. They were talking about the upcoming Gubernatorial election in Jakarta where the first ever Christian to hold the office is facing massive and violent opposition from hardline Islamists. I met Governor…

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A healthy church doesn’t fit into business as usual… it sets an agenda that changes every aspect of life.

A healthy church doesn’t fit into business as usual… it sets an agenda that changes every aspect of life.

I like to read. I’ve read lots of books about church history and moments when it seemed like God was working in a special way. It often seems that these moments all happened long ago. This week I was reminded that is not always the case. This past week I had the opportunity to reconnect with my friend Erion for the first time since we spoke together at Palm Beach Atlantic university. Erion is one of my heroes. Together with…

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The seeds of destruction were planted in the American declaration of Independence. You can thank the founders for Trump and Hillary.

The seeds of destruction were planted in the American declaration of Independence. You can thank the founders for Trump and Hillary.

I, like many people, have been watching what has been unfolding in the American presidential debate over the last 12 months with an increasing sense of bewilderment. In July I wrote that, sadly, we have seen christians on both the left and right-wing, being more influenced by their culture than by the gospel. As I wrote in July, at the very foundation of the American dream, the seeds of this tension were sown. The American declaration of independence established core…

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