Moleskine Versus iPad

Why I Still Use Pen and Paper

I was so excited to get an iPad.  “No more pen and paper,” I thought.  After I got my first touchscreen stylist and a decent note taking app, I was ready to go! In fact, people actually made comments and were generally excited that such technology was available.  For the most part, I felt the same way.  But it didn’t take long before I ran into a few problems. Now, after I’ve had my iPad for a few years, I’m back to using the basic pen and paper.

Moleskine Versus iPad Why I still use pen and paper

Here are 6 reasons why I still choose a notebook (moleskin) over my iPad for taking notes:

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7 Things the Church Pretends are Biblical

When Tradition Collides with Scripture

I often joke about our traditions by saying they are found in the book of Hezekiah. I’ll quote a chapter and verse and tell them to look it up later. By the way, it’s difficult to find when there’s no book of Hezekiah to begin with.

7 Things the Church Pretends are Biblical

My point — we hold on to many traditions (or preferences) as if they’re founded in Scripture, when in reality, they really aren’t. Have you noticed how the Church does this?

I’m sure there are more than seven, but let me start off by sharing them.

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How to Pursue Something That’s Outside of Your Natural Strengths

Allowing God to work through us and around us

When we find ourselves leading a group of people as the only full-time paid position, you become all things to all people.  Don’t get me wrong, delegation is a loyal friend.  But there are still many times we find ourselves doing something outside of our natural ‘strengths.’  In fact, sometimes we’re completely out of our comfort zones.  And this isn’t just true for leaders, God is always calling us to something bigger than ourselves. So what do we do when we’re faced with something outside of our natural abilities?

How to Pursue Something Outside of Your Natural Strengths

There’s too much at stake to give up; anxiety will get the better of us if we tackle it alone. So what do we do?

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10 Reasons Why I Don’t Insist People Call Me ‘Pastor’

Pastoring in the 21st Century

I pastor in a rural context where I’m called ‘Pastor’ more than my actual name. It’s almost like my identity. But I tend not to insist (or expect) everyone to use the title of ‘Pastor’. There’s certainly nothing wrong with using the title; and for most, it’s simply a way to show respect. I don’t disregard that. I just simply value relationships over a title.

10 Reasons Why I Don't Insist People Call Me 'Pastor'

When I was a boy, I dreamed of becoming a pastor. I guess with that, came the title and honor.  From a child’s perspective that might have been where my dreamed stopped.  But as I actually embrace the pastoral call, I’m realizing being awarded the title really isn’t that important.

There’s a whole lot more to pastoring than the title.  And there’s a whole lot more to me than pastoring.  There’s a whole lot more to #pastoring than the title. And there’s a whole lot more to me than pastoring. Click To Tweet

I’ve chosen to respond to both those who use the title, and to those who don’t.  I don’t hide from my calling and I certainly don’t lie about what I do in the community, but they aren’t usually the first words out of my mouth either. We have to remember that we live in a pluralistic world. Most people don’t view clergy like generations before us.

I want to share ten reasons why I don’t ask people (especially those outside of my local church) to call me ‘pastor’. Hopefully this will help you, wherever you are in your journey, to realize that relationships are more valuable than a title.

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5 Benefits of Small Town Living [Guest Post]

Sabryna Anstey: From City to Community

When I applied for the Children’s Pastor position in Glenwood, Newfoundland, I didn’t even know where Glenwood was. I just knew that there was a need in this community and I felt a call to fill that need.

Small Town Benefits

Moving from Paradise (20,000 people) to Glenwood (800 people) was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Not just for me but for my husband as well. I was fresh out of university, newly married, and had just started to get settled into my first apartment and new friendships. We are all called to something, but when God calls you to a place you’ve never been, a place with a population of 800 people, I can guarantee there is a struggle in your spirit.

During this time of struggle I couldn’t help but remember the part of 1 Samuel 15:22 that says “…obedience is better than sacrifice.” I was obeying a call that was completely out of my comfort zone and I was being thrown into the deep end.

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