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Ministerial Meltdown (Issue 56)

A Personal Story In 2001, I was the senior pastor of a very large, multi-staffed church in Western Canada. To all intents and purposes, it looked like I had arrived. That was on the outside. On the inside I was running on empty, absolutely fatigued, depressed and ‘flat-lining’ emotionally. One ...

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An end to ‘Cosy Church’ & ‘Duvet Discipleship’? (Issue 56)

A Vision for this Generation While living and working in Canada for nearly twenty years, I fell in love with the fast, exciting and combative sport of ice hockey. So you can imagine that a hockey analogy would particularly resonate with me. It was said of the late Steve Jobs ...

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Church, a ‘man-free zone’? (Issue 55)

A young man was late for church. After the service the vicar greeted him and enquired as to why he had been late for worship. With a little hesitation the young man said that he was going to go fishing until his dad told him no. Although disappointed that that ...

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