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Powerful podcast: This American Life – Heretics

Found myself really blessed by this podcast today while I worked out at a gym in good Ol’ Smithers, BC. If you haven’t listened to This American Life before I highly recommended it. From the website: The story of Reverend … Continue reading

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I saw the sign

Over the past few years I have learned a lot about “signs.” I don’t mean signs like the world is coming to an end, but the astrology ones. The ones I was taught in church that were to be avoided … Continue reading

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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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Don’t force it

One of my best friends went through a phase where he decided to (try to) remove all expectations from all experiences. His premise: if I have low expectations (or no expectations), then every experience I have will “exceed” my expectations. … Continue reading

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Is that you or me God?

As I attempt to re-engage with the institutional church, I sometimes wonder how I missed some of things I now see. And I am not sure if I will ever be able to go back to just accepting things they … Continue reading

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The Martin’s went back to church (once anyway)

So we did it. We went back to church. It was nice. Lots of friendly people. Lots of kids. Brunch. Sunday morning. No preaching, but some discussion (of which I missed a lot of it due to our kids running … Continue reading

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A church experience may be in our future

So it looks like the Martin clan is going to go to church today. I am not sure really what to expect except that it is set up physically like the open house was. It’s a brunch at a persons … Continue reading

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false-self, meet real-self

In 2005 I moved to Commercial Drive. I moved here specifically to start a church. I moved to “The Drive” specifically because of what I had heard and what I had seen in my visits to this neighbourhood. The people … Continue reading

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pondering regret

I became a Christian when I was 18. A choice I will never regret. But there are some choices after that day that I sometimes do. I wonder what University would have been like if I didn’t spend most of … 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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