Good News For Those who Face-plant

Every Christian face-plants. It doesn’t matter how long we’ve been saved by grace, we still face-plant. It doesn’t matter if we have a diligent prayer life and are faithful in our scripture meditation, we still face-plant. Our mind wanders in some illicit direction. We lose our temper in a moment of unjust anger. Our selfishness comes out and hurts those around us that we love. Our heart, which acts more like a stomach, draws us in one direction or another and we find ourselves dumpster diving to feed on something we aren’t… Read More

Lent: A Season Of Heart Recalibration

What is lent? …. Is it scriptural? …. Should we observe it or not? Here’s an uber short FAQ on this historic practice on the Christian calendar … The spirit behind the season of Lent is beautiful: it is a time to prepare the hearts of the church to celebrate Easter. A time of anticipating the victory of the light and life of Christ over the darkness of sin and death. This year, the season of lent is from Wednesday March 1 – Thursday April 13. It is a season of intentional reflection… Read More

The Grace-Laced Lord’s Prayer

Last Christmas, Susan and I had the opportunity to attend a concert with an extremely talented jazz trio. The proficiency of the musicians was astounding. The trio began each carol with it’s own unique arrangement, but maintained the traditional, familiar melody line. After they got you singing the familiar tune in your head, they deviated into phenomenal, awe inspiring instrumental riffs. Shortly after our jaws had fallen into our laps, the trio returned to the well known melody line and ended the carol. While they were operating with impressive artistic freedom, they were at the… Read More

Temptation, Treadmills & Grace

If you’ve raised children, you know that no child has ever needed to be taught how to think about themselves. All children however, need to be taught how to consider the wellbeing of others. The real parenting challenge is not in getting the correct behaviour out of our children, but teaching them in a way that over time, they truly want to care for others. We know as parents that willpower and behaviour management only goes so far – because we know the limitations of our own hearts. This is why if one of… Read More

We’re all toddlers.

When our son Nijel was just a little guy he’d say “I’m hungry” whenever he got over-tired. We’d take him to bed – sometimes kicking and screaming. Without fail, he’d be sleeping in no time. While sending an over-tired child to bed is just good common sense, reasoning with a toddler is nearly impossible. No amount of explaining our actions ever resulted in Nijel wiping the tears from his eyes and saying, “Well alright then, there you have it. Thanks for caring for me in such a wise and loving way.” Never happened. Children are so… Read More

The Man Behind The Curtain

When Dorothy, Toto and her 3 new friends finally arrived in Oz, they were met with a staggering disappointment. The Great and Powerful is Oz was not so great and powerful. Here’s the classic scene from 1939 … The spectacle we see when the curtain gets pulled back on the wizard is on point. There he is, eyes bulging in utter shock, scurrying frantically to keep the big machine moving. The gig is up … or is it? His ‘confession’ lasted all of 3 seconds … “Oh no my dear, I’m a very good… Read More

The power & the pattern for the paradox of marriage

Back in 1973, Pulitzer prize winning author Ernest Becker used the term ‘apocalyptic romance’ to describe what we observed the culture was growing to expect from sex, romance and marriage. In his book entitled “The Denial of Death” he gives us some striking arguments for why romance in the 70’s was growing more and more ‘apocalyptic’. He asserted that at one time, a person would look for meaning, identity and ultimate hope in the idea of God and the afterlife, but if one wasn’t sure that those things existed, their love interest was forced to… Read More

The Clumping Church

Imagine you walk into a room and a conversation has been going for some time. You listen to a sentence, maybe two, and then you interject your thoughts on the matter. The odds of you saying something out of context is extremely high. It’s not that hard for me to imagine because I have this nasty habit of making assumptions and I’ve done that more often than I’d care to admit. For much of my Christian life, Ephesians 5:1 was a verse gave rise to feelings of guilt and inadequacy. Reading the words “Therefore be imitators of… Read More

Grace, Grace … Now Get to Work??

Paul wrote Ephesians from prison. Seems fitting when you consider the overarching tone of the letter… Chapters 1-3 read like chains falling off and prison doors swinging wide open by the power of scandalous, justifying grace. Chapters 4-6 read like they are describing how to enjoy your newfound freedom, glorifying the One who freed you by empowering, sanctifying grace. This letter is about how we are rescued, renewed and reformed by the Father’s grace in Christ, by the Spirit. The only way to understand the chapters and verses in this letter, is to read them… Read More

Thanks, Jesus … I got this.

In my early years as a preacher, I rarely touched the first three chapters of Ephesians. There isn’t one single thing in those chapters that I’m supposed to do. Those chapters are all about what God does. I skipped over Jesus, patted grace on the head and “of course’d” the gospel so I get could onto really important bit about Christian activity that seemed to begin in chapter 4. If you read Ephesians in one sitting, it will take you about 20 minutes. Before planting KW Redeemer, I did this with our launch team… Read More

What does a prayer “of faith” sound like?

We can’t relate to when Jesus obeyed God’s law perfectly, or healed miraculously – but we can relate to how it feels to be overwhelmed, depressed and have deep unrest in our souls – which is what He felt in the Garden of Gethsemane. He sweat great drops of blood in intense anxiety as He pondered the horrifying suffering that He would endure on a Roman cross – for us. In that dark and lonely place, Jesus prayed a prayer of faith. What did Jesus’ prayer of faith sound like? [Matthew 26:30-46] Jesus 1st prayer was “If it… Read More

Does grace make us lazy?

If Jesus did it all for us at the cross, and “it is finished” actually means that our justification before God is irreversibly finished – where’s the motivation for us to live to His glory? Historically speaking, the fear of preaching a message of constant grace in Christ was that it would invite the church to be lazy. Let’s look at this. Paul planted churches, spread the gospel as far as his voice could carry, served the church by writing a comprehensive theology of the cross via 13 epistles and was beheaded in Rome… Read More

Livin’ on a prayer

In 1986, Bon Jovi’s Living on A Prayer was a #1 single on the charts and sold over 8 million copies worldwide. In the twitterless 80’s world, that generated some decent hype. Many of us who pirated music back then patiently sat by our ghetto blasters with one finger on pause, hoping the DJ wouldn’t talk through the intro or the outtro of the song and ruin our ‘Awesome Mix’ tape. Here’s a dose of 80’s nostalgia … The hairspray use of 80’s rockers may have contributed significantly to the demise of the ozone. Anyhoo …. speaking… Read More

Identity & Reinvention

God keep our land

Justin Trudeau’s Liberals won a decisive majority government, yesterday capturing 184 seats. The Conservatives, who were seeking their fourth consecutive mandate, now form the Official Opposition with 99 seats. The NDP hold 44, the BC 10 and the Green part hold 1, respectively. Without question, no political system is perfect, including ours, yet we can be thankful that we can exercise the right to vote. Regardless of how we all went to the polls yesterday, today we find ourselves with a new opportunity to revisit our trust in God’s wisdom, sovereignty and… Read More