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Waiting patiently to destroy or to not destroy

I did not come to destroy but to be a responsible version of myself. I may not have said those exact words but that was the sentiment that I was trying to get across to a church planter I met … Continue reading

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transitioning members to friends

I live in Vancouver. It’s a beautiful city. I used to be a pastor in this city. I was the pastor of a church I started in a city in which I really knew no one before moving here. This … Continue reading

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steam shovels and re-inventing yourself

I read a book most nights with my son before bed called Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. The book is about a man and his steam shovel named Mary Anne who are losing work due to the new gasoline … Continue reading

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a few bizarre church planting thoughts

I’ve been doing some thinking lately about church planting in Canada and thought I would share some of my thoughts (ideas) with you. It is my premise that the way we church plant in Canada has not really changed over … Continue reading

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Book 28/48 – Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky

The most helpful thought (concept) that I received from the book was no matter how cool new technologies are, unless there is a conversation to be had the tools render themselves useless. I see this over and over as people … Continue reading

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5 bad habits I gained from church planting

In light of this new year and the constant re-evaluation I find my self doing over and over, I thought I would consider some of my bad habits (because it seems that most resolutions come out of wanting to change … Continue reading

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Book 23/48 – The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle

My wife asked me while I was reading this book if I have read many female voices in the whole emergent discussion, and I had to say that I had not. It’s not because I have avoided reading women, it … Continue reading

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avoiding the past

My friend James posted a link to an old post of mine that as I sit here in Victoria had me thinking. I wonder how much further I have truly thought about these thoughts on creating community. One of the … Continue reading

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a church for exiles

I had a great conversation with Anna the other night about church planting. I’m starting to see two waves (understandings) of church planting rise to the surface in my life, and maybe I am being to reductionist in my thinking, … Continue reading

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Book 17/48: Alan Hirsch – The Forgotten Ways

I picked up Alan Hirsch’s book in January and really enjoyed it. And then something happened (well I got a job) and it took a back seat. I guess my reading overall has taken a backseat (but hey I am … Continue reading

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