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Life Formation

10 INDISPENSABLE BOOKS FOR A VITAL CHRISTIAN LIFE

Choosing which ones would go and which would stay was one of the harder decisions of my life. Books are my friends and I had over one thousand of them in my office at North Pointe. They were a source of wisdom, counsel, challenge, empathy and entertainment for decades – food for my soul. When I was nearing graduation from Eastern Pentecostal Bible College my professors advised me in making a choice between food and books, I should give up food for books. I took them at their word. Now I had to say goodbye. (more…)
Bob Jones
May 1, 2019
Life Formation

WHY TONY CAMPOLO WILL MAKE YOU SEE RED

Dr. Tony Campolo has never been accused of being boring. I was a young pastor, eager to be mentored in communication and leadership, when I heard Tony address the Congress on Pentecostal Leadership in Toronto. Not too deep into his message, Tony had people seeing red. (more…)
Bob Jones
April 29, 2019
Life Formation

JESUS LEADERSHIP COACH FOR CHURCHES

The Revelation of Jesus Christ – the last book in the Bible and last to be added to the Bible – is a must first read for leaders wanting to see churches become all Jesus intended them to be. The twenty-first century church tends to relegate the book of Revelation to the sidelines because of its mysterious imagery or to the dog and pony shows of end time dispensationalists. You know the ones with the mile wide chronological maps of The Last Days events. We’ve been robbed. (more…)
Bob Jones
April 1, 2019
Life Formation

THE MOST SPIRITUAL THING YOU WILL EVER DO

The most spiritual thing you will ever do is hidden in plain sight. Watkins Books lists The 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2019 and they ascribe to dozens of spiritual practices from mindfulness to the music of the Zodiac wheel. But what is the most spiritual thing you will ever do? Live the serenity prayer? Live simply? Be in the now? Sabbath? Read Marianne Williamson? Practice mindfulness? Watch Oprah? Give up religion? (more…)
Bob Jones
March 31, 2019
Life FormationLife Stories

STIGMA AND ITS EVIL COUSIN SHAME

Stigma and shame kill more Canadians than your worst nightmares can envision. Sons. Daughters. Spouses. Grandkids. Friends. Their deaths leave anger, guilt, frustration, grief, sorrow, hopelessness. Broken dreams. Broken hearts. What’s enraging is their deaths were preventable. So that’s why I am writing this. To ensure that my granddaughters or grandson or their friends never get to a place in their lives where stigma or shame speak louder than truth and love. (more…)
Bob Jones
March 23, 2019