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Stand in the Stage

Stand in the Stage

Have you ever caught yourself saying ‘well that’s no longer my stage of life’? How often when we speak of young families, of making room in the church for children, even doing things differently for teenagers, are we quick to think that stage is behind us. Too often...

Pentecostal Practices Part 2: Being Led by the Spirit

Pentecostal Practices Part 2: Being Led by the Spirit

I realize the title is very broad. Being led by the Spirit is essentially what it means to follow Jesus. Maybe a story will help to clarify and narrow the definition I’m using here: Led by the Spirit: A Short Story I had just graduated Bible College and was working at...

Pentecostal Practices Part 1: Daily Devotions

Pentecostal Practices Part 1: Daily Devotions

What are Pentecostal practices? Let me begin by painting a picture of the kind of life I suspect we want as Pentecostals. As you read these scriptural portraits, try to imagine yourself walking in them in your day-to-day life.  Praying in the Spirit. (Romans 8:14-27)...

The Christmas Commission

The Christmas Commission

Matthew’s gospel ends with an incredible sentence that is seldom fully appreciated: “And surely I am with you always, even to the very end of the age” (Matt 28:20). It comes at the conclusion of my absolute favourite scripture: The Great Commission: "Then Jesus came...

Sons and daughters. Loved. Favoured.

Sons and daughters. Loved. Favoured.

I've been meditating on Matthew 3:17 a lot this year, how the Father says of Jesus at his baptism, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” This is before Jesus is recorded as doing anything remarkable. It is not transactional, but is based in  an...

Spiritual Gifts for Church Health

Spiritual Gifts for Church Health

How do spiritual gifts affect church health? To give a real-life example, I had the pleasure of serving for almost 7 years on the staff of a truly healthy church. I realize how blessed I am to be able to say that. The church’s health affected me in every way, and I...

Is Our View of Spiritual Gifts too Small?

Is Our View of Spiritual Gifts too Small?

“The Kingdom of God is God in action, and that happens to turn out to be the exact same thing as grace.” – Dallas Willard I sat agape watching this interview with Dallas Willard almost a decade ago, surrounded by my colleagues at pastor’s conference, but suddenly...

A Picture of Our New Church

A Picture of Our New Church

A church is certainly more than a building, more than carpets or pews or chairs or walls. But there was one time that a church’s wall art so impressed upon me that it has stayed with me right up until the present. I don’t remember much else that happened that Sunday...

Some Thoughts on Sabbath

Some Thoughts on Sabbath

I’ve been thinking it might be time for a Sabbath. Maybe it is simply the need of my soul for a new discipline of rest, maybe God stirring something bigger in our hearts collectively. Not sure yet. It keeps coming up in conversation. Maybe because of COVID-19, maybe...