What If...

What if… every Christian in every neighbourhood in North America (and around the world?!) actually loved their neighbours, those with whom they live in proximity…

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Karen WilkNeighbour
Why I don't wish you a Happy New Year

I’ve heard it my whole life every 365 days: “Happy New Year.” For many it summarizes the goal and purpose of life—happiness. “Happiness is the truth,” croons Pharrell Williams. And caught up in the catchy tune and rhythmic beat we bob our heads in agreement. But is happiness the true purpose of life?

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Merv BuddTopical
Exploring Exile with Lee Beach

Canadian author Lee Beach, in his recent book The Church In Exile, helps us imagine what the hope and mission of God’s people can look like in a post-Christendom culture. Here is the first of a two-part interview with Lee on some of the points from The Church in Exile…

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Merv BuddMind
Obstacles We Face

I love being a local church pastor… most days. God has given me front row seats to watch some amazing stories unfold in the lives of His people. It does not get much better. But I don’t always feel this way as a number of things block my view…

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Cam RoxburghHeart
Measuring Church Health

Defining the missional church as having “a renewed theological vision” means that we pay attention to assessing church health in some specific ways. Church health must be seen through the lens of scripture that reflects the nature and action of God…

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Cam RoxburghHeart
The End of Safety

A generation later, things do not look as good as we thought. Churches like Willow Creek are admitting that their emphasis on being safe led inadvertently to producing consumers instead of disciples/missionaries…

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Cam RoxburghMusings
The Pain of Conversion

We can often forget that there is genuine emotional pain when we call people to consider Christ. There is great uncertainty and insecurity to abandon what they have only known to fully embrace what is so new and uncertain to them…

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Merv BuddMusings
Taking the Next Steps

In my last post, I asked the question, might it be true that we as God’s people today, have drifted and also need “a renewed theological vision of the church on mission?” Perhaps our understanding of God is too narrow. Our box for Him too small…

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Cam RoxburghHeart
A Renewed Theological Vision

One of the problems with sin, is that it leads us away from a relationship with the Lord both as individuals and as a community of His people. We wander, we drift, we do our own thing. But the Lord is gracious and slow to anger. He is faithful and calls His people to return to Him and to bear witness to the reality of the fact that He is about redeeming all things…

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Cam RoxburghHeart