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Jun
30

What It’s Like to Have a Panic Attack While You Preach

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anxietyI don’t talk about it much but I struggle with depression and anxiety. I have for a long time. Sometimes it seems like no big deal, sometimes it is a very big deal. For the most part, I am fortunate as I know many people have struggles much worse than mine.

One of the ways my struggles like to show up once in awhile is with panic attacks. I don’t really like the term panic attack, there is something about the term that I have never really been comfortable with. But that is what they are, panic attacks. There is no reason for them, but they happen sometimes. Sometimes I do have provoked anxiety attacks but more often than not, there is no reason for me to be feeling what I am feeling.

I have been fortunate for the most part that these attacks have shown up when no one else is around and nothing significant is happening. Usually I’m in bed, or just getting ready for the day.

That is usually, but there was one time it was different.

One time the ugly monster of panic overwhelmed me just before I was about to preach.

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Jun
28

What Brexit Can Teach The Church

eu flagThis past week Great Britain made a bold decision to it’s future. By a very narrow margin they voted to leave the European Union, leaving behind a legacy as one of the founding nations to push for the union. While there are both benefits and disadvantages to being part of the European Union (none of which I am going to write about),  I think there is something significant about the outcome that church members and leaders should take note of. Something that speaks a great deal to the practice of the local church.

The decision to leave the European Union has already demonstrated some of the negative repercussion for Great Britain, and time will show what benefits there may be. But who will be there to see the benefits or repercussions in years to come is what I find most interesting.

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 June 28th, 2016  
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Nov
08

Missing out on the good news

starbucksThis past weekend someone I know posted something on social media that amazed and perplexed me in the worst way possible. The video they posted was a viral video that was about starting a movement, a movement to get the words Merry Christmas on Starbucks coffee cups. Now I don’t know much about the history of movements, but my guess is this is one of the worst ones ever!

In the video, this gentlemen who I have seen videos posted of before but not watched, explains that Starbucks took the words Merry Christmas off their coffee cups, and we should get them back on. So when the baristas at Starbucks ask your name, tell them it is Merry Christmas, so they have to write it on the cups and say it. He also goes on to point out his high quality christian t-shirt and concealed weapon he likes to carry. I am sure he means well, and probably does a lot of good, but in this movement he seems misguided.

What he is suggesting is not really a movement, at least not one that represents Christ well.

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Nov
04

5 Ways to Pray for Your Political Leaders

Today in Canada a new Liberal Party government will be officially installed in a deeply traditional and symbolic ceremony. And in the days and years canada flag towerto follow this new government will seek to lead this country in the way it believes is best.

The days before the election my social media feeds were full of differing points of view on what a change in government would mean. A mix of positive and negative views on all parties and persons involved sometimes vilifying the candidates in such a way that they no longer seemed human, but a caricature of a monster in the political arena. I struggled with my own choice as to who to vote for which I wrote a bit about here. But in the end I know there were many very sincere Christians who thought that the way Canada voted was the worst possible outcome. And amazingly, my news feed is almost silent about politics once again!

But while we might not agree with who the Prime Minister is, or which party is in power, we still have a great responsibility at hand. The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Timothy that we are to pray for those in authority, all political leaders, because that is what pleases God.

Amazingly enough, Paul doesn’t tell his audience to vilify leaders to inhumane standards on social media or in public conversation. Which unfortunately seems to be more common than prayer when we find ourselves in disagreement with someone in authority. For Paul to have told his initial audience to pray for their leaders was him telling them to pray for the people who don’t like them. To pray for the people who will persecute them, and won’t stop till they are all gone. Paul was even saying to pray for the people that not too many years later would kill him. We just have to pray for some people that our peers elected and we disagree on policies with, hardly seems as intense.

So how do you pray for your leaders in politics, those in authority you maybe agree, or disagree with?

Here are 5 ways I will be praying for our Prime Minister and other elected officials in the years to come. (more…)

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 November 4th, 2015  
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Oct
20

The difference politics can’t make

vote-canadaIn about 5 minutes the polls will close on the 42nd Canadian Election. As I watch the news to see the updates of polls already closed, I am anticipating the social media posts of both joy and disgust at what is about to unfold in this great country.

I have a deep appreciation for politics. While I believe in the separation of Church and State, I believe the Church should be politically thoughtful. Politics informs policies, which affect people, and people matter to God. And I believe that political parties are trying to address the same problem that the church is, but don’t use the same word to express it. (more…)

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 October 20th, 2015  
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Oct
20

Good advice from 1774 is still good advice today

Other than Jesus, few people influence my faith and life like John Wesley. His wisdom from almost 250 years ago is still true today. Social media would be a very different place around the election if we followed these 3 simple ideas.

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 October 20th, 2015  
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Oct
17

My Struggle to Vote as an Evangelical In Canada

never give you upIn just 48 hours Canadians have the privilege and responsibility to vote. And as an evangelical Christian I think this is one of the most difficult elections in which I have the responsibility to vote.

Talking about politics is an uncomfortable discussion much of the time. It is something we all have an opinion on, even if we might not know all that much about it. And the area I find the discussion about politics the most uncomfortable is when we discuss how to vote based on our belief system.

As a Christian, I believe we are to pray for our political leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-3) even if we did not vote for them and we should vote based on our conscious. But in my 15 years of having the responsibility and privilege to vote, this is the first time where I find it incredibly difficult to vote based on my beliefs. (more…)

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Oct
07

Starting again.

Last year I took a break from blogging. Not for any really splendid reason, but just out of the feeling I needed to stop for a time. In that time I lost the previous entries I had written.

So this is me starting again.

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 October 7th, 2015  
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