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len on February 3rd, 2014

A publisher committed $5000 to this project last summer, then backed out. The book project is well along, and has involved six months of work. Numerous people, many of them published authors and innovative thinkers, have looked at the draft and told me this is an important work. Much is being written about incarnational and […]

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len on December 28th, 2013

Having arrived in Northern Ontario, the first discovery of the winter, (after the advantage of brandy in coffee), relates to — what else? — snow. To be precise, its removal by main strength. Technology has been a blessing in this, as in other arenas of life. But not everyone has access to snow blowers or […]

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len on December 26th, 2013

Once in a while I’ll open a book I haven’t touched in years and discover a long lost bookmark. Typically, they are laminated cardboard, with frilly cotton ropes attached to the top. Also typically, they have wise sayings inscribed, like “Beam me up Scotty, there is no intelligent life down here,” or a Socratic, “Know […]

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len on October 7th, 2013

Clayton Schmit writes, “I once heard a preacher who sorely tempted me to go to church no more.” “Nearly any churchgoer could have said this, and in nearly any period of history. But in this case the listener was Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American essayist and lecturer (1803-1882). He went on to explain that “the […]

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len on September 16th, 2013

On Saturday we drove around the peninsula that closes in Thunder Bay, and makes the bay a bay. Forty km north and east, then another forty south and east to arrive at Silver Islet. I had had heard stories of a forgotten and very rich silver mine that was reclaimed by Lake Superior in 1884, […]

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len on September 10th, 2013

The truck arrived about 8:50 this morning and finished just before noon. We now have piles of boxes in every corner and are moving into a house that is 50% smaller than anything we have lived in since 1998. Uh yeah — a challenge. We will be sorting for a while. One of the first […]

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len on August 24th, 2013

Back in early April of this year, a friend pointed us to an old church in Thunder Bay Ontario. It turned out that this people had been through some difficult waters, but they were hopeful, and committed to see gospel fruitfulness in their city. Pastor a First Baptist Church? It seemed crazy. But when we […]

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len on August 20th, 2013

You know the brick path in back of the house, the one you see from the kitchen window, the one that bends around the far end of the garden where all the yellow primroses are? And you know how if you leave the path and walk up into the woods you come to a heap […]

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len on August 15th, 2013

Jonathan Dodson suggests eight ways to live missionally. 1. Eat with non-Christians. We all eat three meals a day: why not share one of those meals with a non-Christian or a family of non-Christians? Go to lunch with a co-worker, not by yourself. Invite the neighbours for a bbq. If it’s too much work to […]

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len on August 2nd, 2013

Mark van Steenwijk writes, “Intentional friend-­making” is different than “friendship evangelism” because the goal of friendship evangelism is to share your faith with your existing friends. I highly encourage that. That is a great thing. But the problem is that if we stop there, we never move beyond our (usually homogenous) circle of friends. “Pay […]

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