//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Pictures are said to be worth thousands of words but Nilüfer Demir's picture of 3-year-old Alan Kurdi, found dead on the coast of Turkey could be worth millions of words. On Wednesday this week Alan, his brother and mother all drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean from Syria to Turkey. Only his father survived. … Continue reading Humanity Washed Up on Shore
Two Kinds of Racism
What does a Canadian white male do with what is happening in Ferguson, MO? The violence and the bitter distrust is heart breaking and I don't know what I can do about it. I would like to think that I could hold this at arms length and shake my head condescendingly since this kind of … Continue reading Two Kinds of Racism
A New Year's Resolution for Social Media
If you are considering a New Year's resolution, might I suggest that you resolve to improve the way you participate in social media. With every new communication technology there is a period of time between its arrival and when our culture catches up with appropriate social boundaries for its use and we are right smack … Continue reading A New Year's Resolution for Social Media
This Pope is the Best!
Have I mentioned how impressed I am by Pope Francis? When he was first named pope last March he made it clear that, with him as Pope, things were going to be different. Once the conclave had decided, the Master of Ceremonies came forward with the traditional papal red cape trimmed with ermine. Pope Francis … Continue reading This Pope is the Best!
Wordless Wednesday: Congregational Unity
Book Review: Caring Beyond the Margins
It would be an understatement to say that the conversation between the Christian community and LGBT community has gone poorly over the past few years. Grace and understanding are both in short supply, which is why a book like Caring Beyond the Margins is so important. Guy Hammond, founder and executive director of Strength in … Continue reading Book Review: Caring Beyond the Margins
The Gospel of Generosity
I was sorry to read a viral story this morning about a waitress who posted a receipt online on which a pastor crossed out an automatic tip of 18% and wrote in 0% with a comment "I give God 10% why should you get 18%." Lots of ink has already been spilled on this today … Continue reading The Gospel of Generosity
No One Knows How to Make Mouse
If you've got two and a half minutes free and want to acquire a splinter in your mind then watch this. That's a cool thought! No one on earth has all the knowledge to make a computer mouse. In the (post)modern world we are necessarily dependent on each other. So what does this mean? This … Continue reading No One Knows How to Make Mouse
Evangelism in the 21st Century
One insight for churches and church leaders caused by the missional shift is how they view evangelism; not how the DO evangelism, but how they see it. Missional churches have a clearer picture of what evangelism looks like in the 21st century. Communications has changed in the past 50 years. Transportation has changed in the … Continue reading Evangelism in the 21st Century
What does "Missional" mean?
What does it mean to be a missional church? A missional church participates with God in what God is doing in the world.