Common Ground

“They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved.” Acts 2:46-47 MSG I came to know Jesus because of the […]

Individually Together

“They spent their time learning from the apostles, and they were like family to each other. They also broke bread and prayed together.” Acts 2:42 CEVUK In Canada generally we have a very Greek mindset. The importance of individual effort and success is emphasized.  I remember the impromptu ball games we held as kids. Those who [...]

Defining Words: Integrity

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything. Gordon A. Eadie Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. C.S. Lewis Integrity is not something you show others. It is how you behave behind their back. Anonymous Integrity is choosing courage over comfort; choosing what is right over […]

Ministry in a Virtual World #9 (Ends of the Earth)

The early church was one in heart, mind and body. They had a passion for what they believed. They were unified in their purpose. It was family with Christ as the head. Today our world is rapidly changing. This means the church needs to regain its passion to share the good news. The body of […]

Ministry in a Virtual World #8 (Mobile Ministry)

In the seventies, friends and I used to joke about one day being able to carry the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica in our back pocket. That day came sooner then any one of us could have imagined. We are now able to carry a computer in our pocket that not only contains vast amounts of information, […]

Ministry in a Virtual World #7 (Digital Journal)

Keeping a journal has often been cited as a key component to growing in one’s faith. Reading scripture and recording one’s thoughts and ideas brings the text to life. Through journaling, practical ways of dealing with life issues can be discovered. It is one way for learners to discover the best way of being obedient […]

Ministry in a Virtual World #6 (Collaboration)

There are numerous slogans and quotes about the importance of working together in the real world. “Together we can make a difference.” “Working together for the common good.” With the Internet, it is no less important. Benefits abound for those wanting to collaborate online. For disciples, there are opportunities to share ideas; to encourage one […]

Ministry in a Virtual World #5 (Digital Disciples)

Learning comes in many forms. My three sons experienced learning from three perspectives: traditional schooling, home schooling and virtual schooling. These three teaching paradigms are practiced by many churches. The Sunday school is an example of the traditional model of learning. House churches exemplify the concept of home schooling. But for those involved in digital […]

Ministry in a Virtual World #4 (Digital Storytelling)

I have often asked people “What is your story?”. The response has always been positive. I have found people love to share their stories. With the advent of social media storytelling has taken on an even more important role. People are able to tell their stories through a variety of creative venues. This presents multiple […]

Ministry in a Virtual World #3 (Social Networking)

Uses for the Internet are evolving rapidly. It is hard to imagine that Facebook was launched on February 4, 2004 and that just two years later Twitter was launched. Social media, as we know it, is relatively new. Yet the majority of western society has embraced it as the new norm. The younger generation have […]