How Crisis Can Help Us Find Unity (Even if Only for a Moment)

Yesterday was a tough day for Canada.

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Out of nowhere, a gunman went on a rampage in our nation’s capital. Though our security forces were able to eliminate the threat, it was not achieved until one of Canada’s armed forces, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo lay fallen.

I’m not going to get into the whats, whys or hows this could have happened. That’s the media’s role. I do want to highlight this morning’s scene in parliament.

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Driscoll’s Resignation Provides 3 Reminders About Pastors

It was all over social media yesterday.

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This past Tuesday, Mark Driscoll (church planter, pastor, author, speaker, evangelist), stepped down from ministry at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. After 18 years of ministry service, yet recent months of public scrutiny, he submitted his resignation.

Driscoll stated, “By God’s grace I have pastored Mars Hill Church for 18 years. Today, also by God’s grace, and with the full support of my wife Grace, I resign my position as a pastor and elder of Mars Hill. I do so with profound sadness, but also with complete peace.

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5 Principles for Effective Change, Even When It’s Obvious

No Smoking.

No Smoking

Think of the last time you saw this sign on the inside of a restaurant, right at your table. I was in a fast-food chain restaurant (shall remain nameless) with a friend on Saturday morning.

These small placards were pinned up at each table on our side. “Well, I’m glad we sat in non-smoking!” I thought to myself sarcastically.

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Why the Hymn “How Great Thou Art” Is Still Being Sung

There’s this hymn titled, “How Great Thou Art.”

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Have you ever heard of it? If you’ve grown up in Christian circles, you’ve definitely heard it. Moreover, you’ve likely sung it a dozen times, or more like 100 times.

It is one of those hymns that’s still hanging on. Despite the writing and distribution of amazing contemporary worship songs, How Great Thou Art shows up regularly in church services all over the world.

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How Generosity of Time Deepens the Hospitality Experience

Receiving hospitality feels great.

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That moment when someone has gone out of their way, to make us feel welcomed and comfortable. When we feel like we belong in a place that is not our home. Generosity given in abundance, outside of what would ever be expected.

That’s hospitality.

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3 Faith Reminders Taken from Campfire Flames

We went camping this past weekend.

Popcorn on the Fire

Our family tried out a campground called Fox Lake, located an hour outside of Whitehorse. It was awesome.

Moreover, there was no cell service or wifi. It really helped me unplug, unwind and focus on my wife and boys for a couple of days.

Our family had so much fun. Fishing, chopping wood, reading, picking berries and of course, popping popcorn over the campfire.

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Losing Team Perspective WILL Lead to Ministry Heartache

Ministry needs team perspective.

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In Ecclesiastes 4, we read that, “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” (4:9-10a)

In my opinion, this biblical truth aligns perfectly within team perspective. The success of a team approach has been proven to me time and time again. Keeping in mind, that being part of a team is still hard work.

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