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Life Formation

13 THINGS TO STOP DOING TO YOUR MARRIAGE

I’ve been doing marriage counselling for 39 years - just one year less than the number of years my wife has been reminding me that I am a lucky man. Here are 13 things to stop that can be the start of something fantastic for your marriage. (more…)
Bob Jones
May 18, 2019
Life Formation

THE CHURCH: A FELLOWSHIP OF DIFFERENTS

Scot McKnight is a theologian and a storyteller, which makes for the best combo in communicating complex concepts. The theological term for his subject is "ecclesiology." The everyday term is "what-the-church-is-all-about." The kind of church Scot McKnight describes in A Fellowship of Differents isn’t your parent’s church or for that matter your grandparents’ church. It's way older than that, going all the way back to the New Testament. (more…)
Bob Jones
May 14, 2019
Life Formation

MORE LESSONS FOR LEADERSHIP HOPEFULS

John Maxwell is one of the leading influencers when it comes to leadership hopefuls. He taught me about making my car a university on wheels. His idea was to use commute time as an opportunity to listen to leadership tapes. I bought in to his "Injoy Life Club" and played his tape-of-the-month every morning and evening. (more…)
Bob Jones
May 10, 2019
Life Formation

25 LESSONS FOR LEADERSHIP HOPEFULS: MAXWELL

Don and Jim, two leaders I liked and respected insisted that a 7 hour round trip to hear John Maxwell would be a great beginning for my new role as lead pastor of a large church. I had never heard of John Maxwell but once we met there was no forgetting him. That daylong seminar in Calgary, Alberta in 1994 started a decades long appreciation for his work. (more…)
Bob Jones
May 10, 2019
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THEY CALL ME PASTOR

Being a pastor is not something to which I aspired. It certainly wasn't a childhood dream. By nurture, I'm a people person. By nature, I'm a loner. (My teenage ambition was to be a hermit. Really) I'm like a turtle on a fence post. When you see a turtle on a fence post you know it didn't get there on its own - someone put it there. My fence post is a platform of genuine love for the people God has entrusted to my care. (more…)
Bob Jones
May 5, 2019
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