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Gospel of Mark – Reading Schedule & Overview

This autumn we are working through the first part of Mark’s Gospel during our Sunday morning teaching time. You can find audio recordings of those talks on our website under the tab “Sermons”. This link will take you there. Reading Schedule for Mark We are trying something new for us. We have created a 21-day…

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Kingdom Capital and Spiritual Gifts

The Parable of the Talents (Mat 25:14-30) is not the best name to give this teaching for an English speaking reader. Even when we know better, we associate this parable too much with human abilities and skills. That is only part of it! Jesus is teaching his disciples that if they want to be ready…

Finding your elemental waters

A swan is not the most becoming creature on land, but out on the water it is sleek and graceful. That is the place it is at home, that is the context for which it was designed. Discerning God’s unique call upon our lives, his vocational call, ¬†is very much discovering one’s elemental waters. Where…

Resources for Celebrating Advent

Our celebration on God’s saving love, expressed in the advent of Jesus to earth, can become displaced by the busyness of the Christmas season. To help guard against this, we have collected together a few resources that individuals and families can use to reflect on the significance of Advent. Advent Bible Reading Schedule (Pdf file)…

Running the Gospel Relay

The official spoke a few quiet words to the Canadian 4x100m relay team. That is all it took to turn victorious smiles into knitted brows. The Canadian team’s race performance was under review by PanAm officials. At the end of that process the Canuck sprinters were disqualified because one of them had run outside of…

A Keystone Habit for 2016

Her name was Lisa Allen. She had started to smoke and drink by 16, she struggled with obesity, in her twenties she was heavily in debt and couldn’t hold a job. Then things changed. She quit smoking, began exercising, lost 60 lbs, ran a marathon, completed a master’s degree and bought a house. Wow! What…

Read Less and Read Slower

How many times have we approached reading Scripture as if it were a task that needed to be over and done with. Our eyes survey the words, verse by verse, but our mind and hearts are hardly engaged. We are skimming not soaking, we are racing not reflecting. Once the task is completed we go…

Silence and Solitude

One of the things we can do to battle ‘hurry sickness’ is to practice solitude and silence. Solitude is letting go of outer distractions so that we can be fully present with God. It includes people, plus our technology. Silence is letting go of our inner distractions. Our mental ‘to do’ lists, our excuses, our…