Category: Life

Disruption

This week, I read that 800 people at GM in St. Catharines will be laid off on Monday. Sometimes, in academics or even theology, they call these experiences “moments of disruption.” Most other people just call them awful. And, they are. Whether you lose a job or have a health crisis, there’s a job layoff…

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WEEKEND REVIEW: Grace

This past weekend, we opened up a new sermon series called, “Who We Are,” looking at our core identity and direction. We began by sharing the three core values within our DNA, which we will be unpacking over the next few weeks… Grace Discipleship Vulnerability We also believe that every Christian needs to be engaged in…

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WHO WE ARE: Grace

This weekend, we are kicking off the fall with a brand new series called, “Who We Are.” And, for this series, the idea is really simple… We want to get crystal clear about who we are – our DNA, identity, values, mission, and calling here in the world. Because, when we are vague about our…

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Bearing Each Other’s Burdens

The other day, something surprising happened in our house. Eden wasn’t listening, so we put her in time-out, which she really dislikes (which I’m also sure most kids dislike). But, here is the surprising thing: Asher saw this happening, and while he knew she needed to go to time-out, he also didn’t want her to…

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Looking to Connect at Bethany?

It’s no secret that Bethany is a large church. This means, among other things, that we have amazing resources to share with our community, a large congregation that can rally together to meet others’ needs, and amazing teams of people who make ministries like Upward Sports, Celebrate Recovery, The Landing, KidZone and Bethany Youth Nation…

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Alpha: Pray, Host, Help

Earlier this summer, we explored the reality that it is sometimes hard to invite and introduce people to Jesus. To help with this, we are launching and facilitating Alpha this coming fall. Well, actually, it’s not just us, but rather churches across Niagara, and even across Canada, are joining together to launch Alpha wherever they are!…

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The Gift of Patience

Anyone who knows me, knows I’m pretty driven. I have task lists that I love to check off each and every day. And, I often ask Krista, “How was your day?” implicitly asking, “What did you accomplish?” This is part of who I am, and how I’m wired. But, what I’m also learning is that…

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Weekend Review: An Invitation to Something More

This past weekend, we explored the reality that it is sometimes hard to invite and introduce people to Jesus. To help with this, we are launching and focusing in on Alpha this coming Fall. To start, we watched the first Alpha video together in the weekend services, and then challenged every follower of Jesus to…

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Our Stories Have Power

If you think about it, the Bible is a book of stories. That’s really what it is. And, I’m not saying that to diminish the inspiration or power of the Bible, but to actually raise the power of stories in our lives. The Old Testament is full of the stories of Jewish people and their…

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What Unsettles You?

Here is my challenge as a pastor: I am called, in many ways, to create spaces in which people might feel unsettled. And, this is a weird calling. Because, truthfully, I don’t like being unsettled. I don’t like being provoked. I don’t like be convicted or confronted. But, what I also know is that this…

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