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Awkward (in an Approachable Way)

We held a planning retreat in early April to map out our plans for the coming year. In one of the exercises we had to describe our current state as a church. We gave everyone a pad of sticky notes and let people brainstorm. We captured everyone’s responses, but to be honest, I only remember […]

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No Pressure

Marketers know a trick: if you make a product scarce, it becomes more desirable. That’s why so many products are available “for a limited time.” Shopping carts are open only for a few dates; if you miss this chance, you’ll have to wait for the next offer, whenever that comes. We live in a world […]

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Resurrection? Really???

There’s no getting around it: Christians believe some things that seem, well, strange. This week across the globe, Christians celebrate the physical resurrection of Jesus. In short, they believe that Jesus rose, physically, from the dead. This is, to say the least, hard to swallow. Dead people don’t rise from the dead. How can modern, […]

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Modern Lessons from an Ancient Book

The book of Ecclesiastes is a very old book. It’s at least 2,400 years old. But it’s so timely, it may as well have been written last week. The author of the book is on a quest to find meaning in his life. He tries a number of approaches. They’re the same ones that we […]

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Skeptics and Curious Welcome

We’re pretty predictable. Every Sunday we begin our service by welcoming people. We’re usually make a point that we welcome everyone regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey. Skeptical? Curious? New believer? Mature believer? It doesn’t matter. Everyone is welcome. We mean it, too. As a pastor, I dream of our church being […]

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If You Could Ask God One Question

If you were in a room alone with God, and could ask him one question, what would that be? We hit the streets in Liberty Village, Toronto and asked people what one question they would like to ask God. Part One: Part Two: Join us on Sundays at 4 PM at 25 Liberty as we […]

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Reasons to Love Liberty Village

I was sitting in, of all places, the optometrist’s office in Liberty Village this week when it occurred to me how much I love this community. This thought comes to me quite often: when I’m buying cheese at The Village Cheesemonger, or chocolate at The Golden Apple, when I’m having coffee at any one of […]

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May Update

Liberty Grace in the Community This is a picture I took last year of the Liberty Village After-Work Party, held in Liberty Village every June. This year’s party is taking place on June 6, and we’re going to be there. It’s just one of the events we have going on in the community in the […]

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