Monday Five

It’s Your Move

I didn’t grow up in a home that “talked things through.” I have a great family, don’t get me wrong there, but we just didn’t talk about “issues” in our lives. We tended to focus on what we were doing – at school, at our job, on sports teams, in relationships. How we were doing…

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The advantages of avoiding community

All this talk about experiencing community. It started yesterday with the launch of the series “Open” and for the next number of weeks you’ll hear fantastic teaching on this subject. Some of us will find that exciting. Others, not so much. Of course, you expect our church to teach on community. It’s one of Lakeside’s…

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The Genius of the AND

You’ve experienced this before. You go to a meeting or read a book, and the speaker or author presents two alternatives, one of which is clearly “worse” and the other clearly “better.” The choice between the two is clear and then the speaker proceeds to unpack the details around the “better” option with the audience…

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Top 5 of 2020

Andrea and I were Christmas shopping a couple of weeks ago and at one point we were in Indigo. I have a love/hate relationship with that store. I see a biography of a great leader, or a new work of fiction by an author I admire, or a history of some significant military battle of…

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The Defiance of Daniel

I’ve spoken and written previously about lament, and about lessons from captivity – both based in Old Testament writings, and both particularly relevant during our present COVID reality. Today I bring you wisdom from another Old Testament account. Nestled in the collection of smaller books around the middle of your Bible is the Book of…

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What’s it like in there?

“What’s it like in there?” When I run into Lakesiders somewhere in the city, this is a question I hear often. People want to know what things are like inside the church facility when we gather on Sundays, or meet on other days of the week. I totally get the question. Pre-pandemic, our Sunday attendance…

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The people keep coming … I want to know why

I’ve noticed something. Going to church is getting harder and harder.  There are restrictions on gathering size, on kids’ programming, on worship teams and singing, restrictions with technology, and more. But the people keep coming. Whether in person or online, they just keep coming, and I want to know why. Since March 2020, (37 weeks…

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This is so important – for them, of course

So, there I was at Lakeside yesterday. Our teaching pastor, Marc Gagnon must have had an extra jolt in his morning coffee, because he had it going on. Really. I know you’ve heard me encourage you to “go back and listen” but seriously, go back and listen. Marc was talking about Jesus’ famous words, “take…

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There’s a lot of hand-wringing going on

There once was a nation, a people. This nation had a glorious history. People in this nation told stories of God’s supernatural working on their behalf. Though there had been problems and challenges, in a very unique way this nation seemed blessed by God. But things got very badly off track in this nation. Its…

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Be a Collector of People

“I just don’t know what I’m going to do.” I’ve said it many times, and I’m sure you have too. Sometimes it’s a physical thing – something goes wrong in the house, with the car, or at your workplace. Sometimes it’s a financial thing – you just don’t know how you’re going to meet your…

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