We're excited to be sharing a new video series we've produced called "A New Way Forward"! This series is meant to provide individuals and churches with some handles on what it looks like for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to walk together in a good way. An interview with Dr. Terry LeBlanc forms the backbone of this series and is supplemented by interviews from Winnipeg Centre Vineyard's Nathan... more
I had a taste of real winter when I visited Winnipeg a few days ago: when I stepped out of the airport terminal, I was greeted with -17° C. temperatures, not to mention the wind chill. But here in London, Ontario today, the banks of the Thames River are still green and the river itself is ice-free. There's no snow in the forecast for another few days.
But if the date of the arrival of winter is... more
Praying in line with God's vision is like planting seeds in a garden. We get to participate in the growing reality of God's Kingdom work of setting things right. It's a powerful exercise to imagine what your city or community will look like when God's perfect Kingdom is fully expressed - when injustice has been dismantled and the King of justice reigns. When we get even a small glimpse of this coming... more
Community is weird. Sometimes the harder we try to create it, the farther we get from it. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said "the person who loves community destroys community... but the person who loves people creates community." It seems the more we strive for a dreamy vision of community, the more we miss each other. However, as we love each other, and as we love God together, we find community.
I have... more
Jeremiah gave a prophecy to the exiled people of Judah in Babylon. It wasn't a sweet message promising their quick return to Jerusalem (like some other false prophets were doing). Instead, Jeremiah's letter told them to buckle down. He said, build houses, plant gardens and build lives for themselves in Babylon.
For some of you, it may feel like you're living in a land of exile. Likely you're not... more
Loving Your Neighbourhood
Throughout the bible, God seemed to be concerned with location. Daniel was in Babylon for most of his life and God helped him prosper in that land. In the very beginning, God created a beautiful garden for Adam and Eve to live in - and called the whole thing "very good". Later he gave the Hebrew people a particular piece land to live on and care for. Jesus came and... more