Category: Church

Armchair Musing: Journeying Together

It’s a great feeling to be a part of a local church like Bethany. Our community is comprised of folks who come from many different walks of life, and various church backgrounds, if any. This reality results in the potential for a tremendous amount of Jesus-like-love and mutual learning, if we allow it to, as…

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“It’s Done.”

If you were on stage right after Andrew said his classic phrase, “grace and peace” at the end of our last Christmas Eve service, you would have heard these words ring out amongst the band and crew members as they shared high fives and hugs. The planning, preparation and execution of our five Christmas Eve…

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Getting to Know the Epps!

This post was written by Andrew Epp, who starts at Bethany as our Executive Pastor this January. Andrew, Genevieve and their children will be at Bethany this weekend. After the service, they’ll be at a kiosk in our Foyer. Make sure to stop by and say hello! I’d love for you to get to know…

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How to Support Your Pastor

Today, I want to talk about what it’s like to be a pastor, and how to help support your pastor. This topic really matters, and was brought to my attention again by a recent tragedy. A young lead pastor in California tragically took his own life. And, amidst the outpouring of concern, love, and prayers…

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With a Gift Comes Responsibility

I so appreciated all that Pastor Larry had to say last weekend! Children are valuable to Jesus and they are valuable to Bethany. They are created in God’s image, fearfully and wonderfully made – truly a gift from God. But with that gift, comes the responsibility to pass on what we know to those who…

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Worship Experiences and Consumption

We live in a Western consumeristic world. This is something I’ve written about before, but it’s still true. And, what matters most isn’t to lament this, but rather to recognize it and “call it out” when we see it. Because, what can (and does) subtly happen is that this Western consumeristic world starts to infect…

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What’s Killing the Church

Today, I want to talk about what’s killing the church and its witness. And no, it’s not what you’d expect – it’s not sin. It’s not a lack of discipline. It’s not weak or lukewarm Christians, or whatever else is lamented in today’s world. I think what’s killing the church is busyness. And, I say…

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Thank You!

The Christmas Season is upon us and we all are excited to once again recognize the Reason for the Season – Jesus’ Birth. The story of the birth of the Christ child has many characters and they all blend together to proclaim the Good News. Three characters that I reflect upon during this busy time…

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How to Find Leaders

In our current world, there is a pretty big leadership culture, and an even bigger leadership market. What I mean by this is that many people will pay for courses, training, books (or whatever!) on how to develop and find leaders. Of course, there is nothing wrong with any of this. I, too, go to…

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Story First

Over the past number of years, I’ve started to notice a shift in how regular people talk about God. This is a shift I’ve seen primarily not in the church, but in the culture around us, specifically with my family, friends and neighbours. The shift has been in moving from talking about God, to asking…

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