Entries by Alison

Are You a Light in the World?

My son recently preached a sermon from the Gospel of John talking about the idea that Jesus is the Light of the World (a theme in John’s Jesus story), and he talked about lights in Advent. It was all good, but it got me thinking… Jesus did say He was the light of the world, […]

Tell Your Stories

I have written before that I am a big fan of stories.  I love a good story. But I have noticed that more and more we seem to be telling mostly “bad news” type stories.  We talk about what’s wrong, what needs to be fixed, how bad things are, and stuff like that. Our focus […]

The Corner Church

Two years ago, The Freeway in Oshawa, ON went through the Lifeplan process and discerned that God wanted them to find a permanent facility to use for their ministry.  Up until that point, The Freeway met in school gyms on Sunday mornings and had a small office in downtown Oshawa. “Our original vision was to […]

Things Rarely Drift Towards Good and Healthy

So here is a thing I am slowly learning, and this will seem obvious but hang in with me. I have a great family.  What I have noticed is that when stuff gets bumpy in my family it has an effect on me.  Now, when I say bumpy, I don’t just mean between us. It […]

Random Things Collide

A few seemingly random things collided inside my head the other day, and I was reminded of something very important regarding this Kingdom work that we have been called to, created for and commissioned to.  Here, in no particular order, are the things that were rolling around in my head. I will attempt to put […]

I Don’t Know Who Needs to Hear This

Full confession: I stole this idea from my friend Loreli, but I didn’t ask her so don’t say anything.  Also, writer’s block is a thing. Sometimes when I do get a writing idea I talk myself out of it. I think, “I should say this, but that sounds real close to a conversation that I […]

Building Bridges into the Community with Robotics

Malvern is located in the northeast corner of Toronto. It is one of the most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods in Canada with over sixty different cultures represented including Caribbean Canadians (mostly Jamaican, Trinidadian, and Guyanese) and South Asian Canadians (mostly Sri Lankan Tamil, Indian and Pakistani).  Malvern also has the highest concentration of 12 to 24 […]

The Table

Rachel and Logan Runnalls live in Caronport, SK, home to Briercrest College and Seminary and easy driving distance from the city of Moose Jaw. They have a close and active friend group of thirty-something families who are in and out of each other’s homes for meals, celebrations, book clubs and house concerts.  Over the last […]

What To Do About Hez

I’ve been thinking about my part in helping my church continue to move towards robust health.  Not me as National Leadership Team member or director of whatever, but me as a member of my local church.  The same role that most of you find yourselves in. We all have a part to play in church […]

The Xchange

In August, 10-15 youth and young adults from Ontario and Quebec will have the opportunity to grow in their faith, serve the church and community, and develop cross cultural skills.  These young people will be in Montreal to learn more about themselves, Canada, and serving Jesus. Discipleship and cross cultural training, worship, community service and […]