Sustainable Youth Ministry

I’m reading a book called Sustainable Youth Ministry, by Mark DeVries.   Here are some things I found fascinating. More than even a great youth pastor, teens need a senior pastor that understands and loves teenagers. The difference between an effective and an ineffective youth ministry is often directly tied to the level of investment a…

Tips on Leading a Discipleship Course

These notes are tips from the Q&A portion of the most recent live stream by Pete Scazzero entitled How to Lead the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Course. You, as a leader, must make your relationship with Jesus your first priority. Pause, go deep with Jesus – we cannot give what we do not possess. In a…

Abide With Me

  Abide with me; fast falls the eventide; The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide; When other helpers fail and comforts flee, Help of the helpless, oh, abide with me. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day; Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away; Change and decay in all around I see—…

Christian Marriage and a History of Bones

Notes. Some thoughts are mine, some are verbatim from Ephraim. Source: here. Our modern context: Marriage is about desire – we live together if we want to. We exist in a vacuum. Co-habitation is for feeling good and it’s for the “us” in the relationship only. Marriage being about desire is fairly distant from what Christian history…

Church Search

I’m on the hunt for a new church home. Here’s what I realized I really value in a church: Local. I don’t have to be able to walk, but it’d be so nice if I could. I really do believe we are called to live in and serve the local community and our literal neighbours. Having…

But about Paul…

Sharing this because women-in-the-Bible and women-in-leadership has come up a couple times on facebook recently. From an old edition of the “Morning Star”, the student paper/newsletter of Wycliffe College. Volume 30 Issue 20. Copied without permission. :P Can Women’s Ordination Be Affirmed in the Face of Even the Most Difficult Pauline Texts? By Glen Taylor  –  March 3,…

Sermon about Dogs

For the Blessing of the Animals service, October 6th, 2015. This prayer was given to me by a parishioner aptly named: Kitty. This day is celebrated because of a man named St. Francis of Assisi. I read a sermon of his online in which he preaches to the birds. His sermon is, literally, for the…

A Prayer for Safety in an Unsafe World

I find Anglican prayers helpful when I want to pray and hear wiser words than my own, when I want to silence my own restless mind and listen in on God’s prayers for me.* This prayer is a Compline service (old english word, related to the word “Complete”) that is prayed before going to bed, at the end…

Truth and Reconciliation Jesus

I was drawing a comic on the flipchart – essentially a timeline of the Early Church – in our confirmation class. At one point, I draw two wedding rings overlapping with the words “Church” and “state” underneath. Emperor Constantine becomes a Christian. There is a marriage of church and state. This is why we don’t…

Awkward, Awkward Moments with Christine

All from today, Sunday. I work at a church. Me: We’re getting into the Bible, and the Bible is getting into us! Intelligent child not getting the subtleties of language making a scene and derailing the conversation with comments akin to: OW! That’s going to hurt! and enacting something akin to being gutted… Me: Well, the Bible…

Birth Control

  I love Buzzfeed. This post is written by a member of the community and like all things on the internet, tended to get a bit…reductionist: We Asked 24 Women Why They Don’t Use Birth Control… There are a few assumptions one could make about this topic: It’s obvious from the content of their answers that…

Rick Warren’s son commits suicide

Tonight I was browsing through Facebook when I saw a friend from university had commented on a post about how Rick Warren’s son had died. He was 27, and had succumbed to mental illness. He had taken his own life. I read the article. It was sad. It was familiar (dealing with mental illness myself,…