Have You Been Hosted By Jesus Lately?

Jesus wanted to host his disciples at the Passover meal. He eagerly desired to do so. He still does. He wants to host you and me at his Table. The Lord’s Supper emerged from the Last Supper and the Last Supper was the final Passover Jesus celebrated with his disciples during his earthly ministry. Against the…

Shutting the Lion’s Mouth by God’s Grace

The Apostle Peter writes, 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) One of the places the enemy prowls is on the internet. Close to one-third of online content is pornographic. You don’t have to go looking to stumble upon it. 29% of…

What is an Oikos Prayer List?

I know, when you see the word Oikos you think Greek yogurt. I get it, I buy that brand too. But an Oikos Prayer List doesn’t have anything much to do with yogurt. It is the ‘Greek’ part that relates to this prayer list. You see the word ‘oikos’ is Greek for ‘house’. But the…

Help Me In My Unbelief!

Before Jesus arrived, a father had asked the disciples to help his demonized son (Mark 9:14-29). They failed. The man was disheartened. Now in response to Jesus’ questions, he says, “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus leans into this man’s hopelessness and says, “‘If you can’? Everything…

Resources to Help You Make Wise Choices

Recently we had the privilege of hosting Brett Ullman. He presented a talk entitled Media.Faith.Culture. In this seminar, Brett wanted to “engage and challenge attendees to connect our ancient faith with our modern culture we live in…to reflect on what we know, what we believe and how our faith ought to serve as the lens…

Try This and Encounter God

I counted 37. They are all cheap. Some are tattered others are coffee-stained. But in my spiritual pilgrimage, these 37 have played a vital role. Sometimes they stop my racing soul. Sometimes they illuminate a dark corner. Other times they replay what I missed in real time. I love them. They are the stop sign in my…

PDAC in Four Words

If I were given just four words to summarize their recommendations they would be: experience, express, incorporate and equip. I really wanted to spell incorporated with an ‘e’ so they would all begin with the same letter, but my spell checker had a fit. Over the past several months a group appointed by the Board…

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Testimony Can Build Up Faith

I had this pocket notebook. Before smartphones, it was my go-to organizer and reminder. In the warehouse where I worked, I used it to record employee’s payroll queries, phone messages, absentees and more. On one occasion a warehouse worker was accused of a crime. The worker’s lawyer contacted me to serve as a potential witness.…

Baptism – How can I Support My Child?

My mom never allowed me to have ‘the snack’ at church. She had some and so did my dad, but I was supposed to keep my hands off the plate of crackers and juice as they went by. I can’t be faulted for how I understood Communion. I was a kid and I readily processed…

What is the unforgivable sin?

He sat across from me. His face drained of colour, his fingers fidgeting. Eventually, he shared that he was worried he had committed the unforgivable sin. With that admission, I knew there was hope for him and for us. Let me tell you why. In his account of Jesus’ life, the gospel writer Mark recounts how Jesus…