Missional Commons: A Canadian Conversation

It is 28 years since I planted Southside Community Church in Burnaby, BC. I did not know what I was doing, so my mentor, John Zimmerman, advised that I walk the neighbourhood for several months, watching for what was happening and talking to the Lord and to people about what should happen. I listened andContinue reading “Missional Commons: A Canadian Conversation”

The Decade Ahead

Linked In reminded me this last weekend that it has been 20 years since God birthed Forge in Canada. Linked In actually congratulated me on it being 21 years, but at this stage who is counting. I think it is likely we are entering our 21st year, but as I get to this stage of life, I find it hard to remember my kids’ names let alone how many years I have had the privilege of serving God in Canada. It has been a wonderful journey, and I trust that there is even more ahead.

Perfection in Rags

“Perfection in rags.” That was how my friend Justyn Rees described the incarnation of Christ this last week. Brilliant. Inspiring. Worthy of our worship. Glorious. Jesus – fully divine, fully human and the greatest example of what life to the fullest looks like. 

It reminded me of one of my favourite advent passages

Honey, We Shrunk Our Faith

Many of us likely remember the Disney movie of the past generation called Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. The premise was that through some scientific process, the kids or parents were reduced to a tiny replica of themselves. The movie then worked towards restoring things to the way they should be.

As I have been travelling this fall, I have seen evidence of the reality that we have shrunk various aspects of what it means to be a follower of Christ and part of His missionary community: the church.