Making a Difference

Caring hands

God's description of fasting in Isaiah 58 is not about things we might want to stop doing, but about things we ought to start doing -- during Lent, and always.

In an Easter message in a Presbyterian church in Calgary, Alberta, Naheed Nenshi, a Mayor of Muslim faith who had been invited to share in the service, enjoined the congregation to never mistake co

ancient column ruins, Turkey

I've been thinking about how, in John 12 - when the Greeks come and say: 'Sir, we would see Jesus' - that that starts the time-clock of our Saviour moving deliberately towards the Cross.

"Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the soil, it abides alone,” said Jesus.

Lighthouse at Snug Harbour, Oakville, ON

The People that walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon them that live in the shadow of the valley of death, upon them has the light shone . . .

We know that there are certain realities in being missionaries.

old abandoned church building

Loren Mead wrote In his book, The Once and Future Church: Reinventing the Congregation for a New Mission Frontier - "The dilemma of the church in this transitional time is that the s

The Message

I've always admired the inspired life of pastor, teacher, author of 35 books and of the Bible-paraphrase: 'The Message' - Eugene Peterson.

old church

We must be careful in our love/or hate of the Church (a lover's quarrel?) and see to it that we love the brothers and sisters, whatever may be their faults - and not take on the task of accusing th

Really, fear is selfishness. We are concerned too much about what others think of us – how am I doing? Will I fit in? Will they laugh at me? Will others see my failure and take pleasure in it?

I find that when I prepare my sermon, I write it out many times and refine it - until I think I know what I'm going to say.

If you want to play a little game, you can find out both natural responses and spiritual gifting – perhaps just a little hint towards discerning them . . .

Not everyone is going to embrace your brilliant idea. Not at first, anyway. But some will - if it's good, and worthy, and timely.

Leaders know that it all comes down to relationships.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better,” said Roosevelt at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on

Laurie Barber shares about the purpose of the site, why he created it and what he hopes it achieves.

I'll make a note of that

"Your website is beautiful, and rich."

"Amazing writings & thoughts . . ."

Kilmalkedar Church, Co Kerry

In 2012, Alan Ford and Thomas O'Loughlin, both professors in Nottingham, discussed current interest in 'Celtic Christianity' and how what is imagined as the form of Christianity in the British Isle

quote: Mission will save us

Church's that are in decline may be revitalized when they discover that the church is not the point, the mission is.

Etobicoke picnic

Below is a booklet - 'Mission Shaped Living'

Low Tide, Tobermory, Scotland

There are times when we feel we are under some very dark clouds. They shadow us in gloom and despair.

Vulnerability in Mission

Moving Forward

These are some reflections on the Church today. Is the local church as we know it what Jesus had in mind?


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