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Questions About Easter

Easter is celebrated by millions of Christians around the world. It is the most significant event in the Christian calendar. Easter also coincides with the time of the Jewish Passover, and Good Friday is recognized as a statuary holiday in Ontario. Because the church occupies a less prominent role in society, many may not be […]

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Welcome, Students

It’s hard to believe that summer is over. Thousands of students are returning to school and getting settled in residences and apartments. For many, part of getting settled is finding a church. There are lots of good churches to choose from downtown, like Grace Toronto and Trinity Life Church. We highly recommend both of these […]

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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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