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(the) Mission Matters

  • Joy is an Act of Resistance

For those closely following the World Cup, today was either a day of happiness or sorrow. The world is a funny place. We put so much stock in things we can’t control looking for happiness. A team winning, the weather, the lottery, the newest gadget, the list goes on. But this happiness never seems to last, […]

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  • Messengers of Hope!

I have spent almost 60 years ‘hoping’ that the Maple Leafs would win another Stanley Cup – and I am not alone.  The players, coaches, managers and even owners have changed many times.  Each new team enters a new season promising hope in September and ripping it from our psyche every spring. My harshest and […]

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  • Why Hope?

Why? Why Hope? I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. (Rudyard Kipling) CBC has an investigative television show called W5. It is based on the 5 questions that are asked in almost any investigation. The first four […]

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  • The Anchor of Hope

In our world, it seems that our experience, from the highest to the lowest, the richest to the poorest, fittest to challenged, is determined by the bottom line. Everything has a cost and these costs must be constantly reduced to improve the bottom line. The budget is a constant concern. As governments cut services, there […]

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  • A Time of Transition

Dear supporters of The Mission Matters emails, I’m writing to share an update as to where things stand with me. You’ll all likely know that my health took a significant decline over the holidays. I’ve been in a rehab hospital now since early February. The upside is that I’m ok. I’ve done a 3-hour cognitive […]

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  • The Power of Love

There are few events that bring people together quite like a wedding does. Especially one of such magnitude as the royal wedding. It was virtually impossible to not see it on the news, hear about it on the radio, read about it across social media, and see the reruns of the wedding throughout the weekend. […]

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  • Dignity for All

“Jesus looked hard at them and said, “No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” – Matthew 19:26, The Message Wouldn’t it be great if there were no poverty in Canada at all? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there […]

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  • Hello Spring

As we continue to focus on humility and servanthood during April, I keep thinking about Jesus; there’s really no better example than Him. As this Easter season continues, and as we finally begin to experience the warmth of spring, I can feel the new life and new hope that comes with this season. When Jesus […]

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  • The Potato Rant

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in […]

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  • Easter Prayer for Reconciliation

Across the barriers that divide race from race: Reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross. Across the barriers that divide rich from poor: Reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross. Across the barriers that divide people of different cultures: Reconcile us, O Christ, by your cross. Across the barriers that divide Christians: Reconcile us, O […]

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  • Peace & Palm Branches

“See, your King comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey…He will proclaim peace to the nations” – Zechariah 9:9-10 Yesterday, Palm Sunday, marked the beginning of Holy Week. Christians around the world follow Jesus’ final footsteps to the cross in an effort to remind us of the beautiful example and […]

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  • To Do Justice

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8 During the season of Lent, as we prepare for Easter, we focus on Justice & Reconciliation because it is the example Jesus lives during His ministry on earth. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, He focuses on […]

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  • Justice & Reconciliation

It’s already March. The sun is shining brighter, the days are longer, spring jackets are coming out and winter gear becomes less and less frequent. Does anyone else feel like this year is zooming by? Easter is just around the corner! As we move into March and look at some of the things happening this […]

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  • Love, Life & Lent

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” – Jesus There’s a lot going on these days to try and pay attention to. First off, it’s February and our ‘missional year at a glance’ theme for the month is love. Even after Valentine’s Day, […]

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  • Love

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. – John 15:13 The Super Bowl always comes with a lot of hype. Advertisers, fans, food delivery companies, and of course the teams go ‘all in’ each year in hopes of being the best, having the most unique commercial, or scoring the […]

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  • New Hope

Later Jesus and his disciples were at home having supper with a collection of disreputable guests. Unlikely as it seems, more than a few of them had become followers. The religion scholars and Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company and lit into his disciples: “What kind of example is this, acting cozy with […]

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  • A Cold Epiphany

My mind has very much been with the extreme cold weather and how it’s affecting folks with no home. I’ve also been consumed with the thought of yesterday being known as ‘Epiphany’ Sunday in the Christian calendar. It’s a day when we remember that the baby Jesus was being visited and given gifts by Zoroastrian […]

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  • Hoping for a Joy and Peace Filled 2018 for Everyone!

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  -Philippians 4:8 Allow me to be amongst the first to wish you nothing but good things for the year ahead. As usual, this time of […]

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  • Advent Week 4: LOVE

Christmas is only one more sleep away. Today as we light the fourth and final candle on our Advent wreath we can see that the light comes very close to overcoming all darkness. The only candle that is left now is the center candle, the Christ candle, which we’ll light on Christmas morning. As a reminder […]

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  • Advent Week 3: JOY

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” –Philippians 4:4 As we light the third of the four outer candles on our Advent wreath, we are reminded that Christmas is drawing nearer. The light of this third candle comes even closer to completely driving the darkness away. This third candle represents ‘joy’. […]

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