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IN THE LINE OF DUTY

Thousands of police officers from across Canada and around the world marched through the streets of downtown Edmonton to honour Cst. Daniel Woodall of the Edmonton Police Service, a husband and father of two, slain in the line of duty. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 11, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

A CITY TURNS BLUE

Claire Woodall was aware something bad was going down on Monday night, June 8th in Edmonton’s Callingwood neighbourhood. She was tuned in not only because of her employment at a local Edmonton radio station, but her husband Daniel was on duty that night with the Edmonton Police Service. He was working in Callingwood. (more…)
Bob Jones
June 10, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

IN THE LIGHT OF RACIAL JUSTICE

COVID restrictions are loosened in Alberta and believers are re-gathering in churches. The biggest concerns appear to be over being asked not to sing, hug as fellowship, and wear masks. We’ve learned a lot in isolation but what if God reserved our most important lesson for now? (more…)
Bob Jones
June 7, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

KINGDOM NORMAL WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW

The last six days have been anguished. George Floyd's murder in Minneapolis by a peace officer entrusted with upholding the law and the resulting riots have set America ablaze. Add to that the devastation on so many levels of a worldwide COVID pandemic and it’s not unexpected to feel a magnified sense of despair. (more…)
Bob Jones
May 31, 2020
Life FormationLife Stories

ASHLEY: A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

Twenty-one years ago I held Ashley Pearse in my arms. She was breathtaking. In March 1999, Ashley's parents knew little of what lay before her or within her. All they wanted was for their daughter to live her best life. That's why dedicating kids to the God who created them for a purpose is smart. It’s breathtaking now to see Ashley's passion for what God wrote on her heart. (more…)
Bob Jones
May 23, 2020
Life Formation

FROM A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY

Cue the Star Wars music. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away it is a period when Church Online in Alberta is viewed as a Rebel outpost. Well, it wasn’t really that long ago. How about February 2020? (more…)
Bob Jones
May 10, 2020
Health MattersLife Formation

MENTAL HEALTH AND THE CHURCH

Think about how we respond to mental illness in the church. A woman diagnosed with cancer experiences sympathy, hugs, prayers and casseroles. A woman diagnosed with a mental illness experiences silence, suspicion, blame, and far too often, shame. That’s called “stigma.” There is no stigma with cancer, heart disease or diabetes. How did we get to the place where those who are struggling with their mental health feel like they must hide in shame? (more…)
Bob Jones
May 8, 2020