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5 REASONS THIS PASTOR LOVES THE CHRISTMAS SEASON

I love the Christmas season! I’ve only been doing the pastor thing for 36 years and I can’t speak for every pastor’s experience but my experience with Christmastime has been rich. 5 Reasons I Love Christmastime 1. The sounds of Christmas are glorious! How can you beat, “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” or “Joy to The World” as calls to worship and devotion? Bring on the 24-hour-Christmas–music radio stations. Christmas carols are singable – even for those who can’t hold a tune. Most everybody knows at least the first verse from a dozen carols. The music is majestic and the lyrics are hallmarked by expectation, joy, faith and wonder. I get to work with some of the best…
Bob Jones
December 6, 2015
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A CANADIAN’S VIEW OF REFUGEES: STEVE HERTZOG’S STORY

It’s the children I will always remember. At least two dozen of them. As soon as they saw our little convoy of vehicles turn up the dirt road to the refugee camp, they emerged from the dilapidated tents and abandoned, boarded-up apartment buildings they now called home and ran right for us. Dressed in dirty hand-me-downs, they smiled and giggled and kibitzed with one another as they looked us over with bright, curious eyes, full of life. Good to see kids are still kids - even here - I thought. This is a guest post from Steve Hertzog, past President of Vanguard College and new Regional Director for Eurasia with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. Steve and his wife Patti…
Bob Jones
November 22, 2015
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Father Gregory Boyle: Tattoos on the Heart

Gregory Boyle is a Jesuit priest, has a wicked sense of humor and writes like Ann Lamott…only better. He has more tats than you can count but only because you can't see them...they're on his heart. His writing is peppered with an eclectic mix of quips from Dillard, Shelley, Borg, Gandhi, Eckert, Rumi and Jesus. Boyle can make you laugh out loud while blowing up your preconceptions with his insights into the character of God. He has faced down leukemia and the barrel of a gun. Boyle's parish of over 20 years is in the capital of the gang capital of America - aptly named Boyle Heights, L.A. Father "G," as he is affectionately known, is at home in the…
Bob Jones
July 29, 2015
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4 CHRISTIAN RESPONSES TO THE ISLAMIC STATE

  The state of affairs in the 1st century Middle East mirror those of today. IS is the next in the line of organizational incarnations of the lust to power. Rome was the 1st century organization who had their sights set on world domination. They were terribly violent and accepted no compromise. It is within that context that Jesus of Nazareth came and the New Testament was written. Jesus modeled what it was to serve God in an oppressive and violent state. 4 Christian Responses to IS 1. Responding with force. Canadian CF-18's have now flown 1000's of sorties and engaged IS ground troops. They are good Canadian men and women responding with force against evil. As a Christian leader,…
Bob Jones
November 16, 2014
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COMMUNITY: CATALYST FOR PERSONAL GROWTH

When its been a long time since I've spoken to a friend, I tend to forget just how good of a friend they are. One day, when we finally DO reconnect, I wonder why I ever allowed the time and the distance to keep us apart. We all need community. I truly believe we were created for relationship and to be amongst people.   Melissa Benson grew up in the community at Central/North Pointe. Melissa served our church in outreach ministries to children and youth in downtown Edmonton. She was employed as a youth pastor in Ottawa, Ontario and has volunteered in Haiti and most recently in Malawi serving orphans. Now she is married with a child of her own. She…
Bob Jones
August 17, 2014
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Just Walk Across The Room

My wife and I are runners. We’ve completed a 10-miler; a couple of half-marathons and a full marathon. One of the unexpected things I learned to appreciate about running is the "runners culture." The Runners Culture Runners have a culture all their own - language, customs, gear and camaraderie. What I love most about the culture is the runners’ "greeting." When runners encounter runners they ALWAYS acknowledge each other - its one of the rules of running. In passing, they lift a hand to wave, or tip their cap, or offer a “Good morning” or an encouraging, “Keep going!” or the awesome words, “You guys are making it look so easy!” Sometimes its just a smile. Jocelyn and I seldom…
Bob Jones
April 23, 2014