Wake-Up Call for Nation-States by Walter Brueggemann


Since the earliest appearance of states  -  those with large concentration sof wealth and power and control of media and violence – they have been ambiguous operations. Since the emergence of the earliest states (empires) in Mesopotamia, they have been charged with the common good, but tempted to act against that common good. The state […]

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Taking Prayer from Me to Us

We’re really looking forward to the Missions Fest Vancouver conference in 2017. The conference theme is Justice and the Gospel and our anchoring scripture for the weekend is the Lord’s Prayer. Mark Wollenberg of International Justice Mission has written some of his reflections on the Lord’s Prayer that help explain it’s connection to justice. In […]

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Work for Justice, Burn-out, and Cynicism: Breaking Free and Bearing Fruit


“I’ve had it”.  These are words I have heard more than once from those who have given themselves to participating in God’s mission of justice and reconciliation.  Perhaps you’ve come to this place yourself as you have sought to work for justice in your workplace  or as part of an organized effort in our city […]

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The Basics of Going


I’ve experienced some amazing things. I’ve seen people healed of illness by the power of God. I’ve stood with a family beside their home of cardboard and plastic tarps on the site of a torn down building with rats running over my feet praising God at the birth of a baby. I have seen young […]

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Originally Published by: Faith Today “Some have asked, ‘Wouldn’t it be easier to just make the Covenant voluntary?’ Of course it would. But this question misses the point.” by Amy Robertson My boss is from the U.S. We see a few things a little differently—the name of a winter hat and the last letter of […]

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Single Women on the Mission Field


Amy Carmichael, Gladys Alward, Lottie Moon and Mary Slessor—these are just a few missionaries of long ago whose stories continue to challenge and motivate us today—particularly single women who aspire to follow in their footsteps. Statistics show that there is still a strong presence of singles on the mission field, with a surprisingly high number […]

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The Perspectives Course Has Framed My Work As An Associate Pastor


Several years ago a friend of mine who had been a missionary in Thailand, and was running a YWAM school, twisted my youth pastor arm enough for me to attend a course he was hosting. I relented, partly to get him of my back and partly to make him feel better for all the work he had put into […]

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Exciting Changes to Missions Fest 2017


We are making some exciting changes to Missions Fest 2017 that we believe will help the church become more meaningfully engaged in Christ’s mission. One-Stage We have observed a couple of things about our General Session which raises two questions. First, the session relies heavily on the speakers to communicate the theme and its message. […]

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Hospitality as a Gateway to Mission

Hospitality is at the heart of mission. It is extending to others God’s welcome to us.  This is the hospitality that Jesus calls for and it’s not always easy. Like in Jesus’ time we find it easier to extend hospitality to people we like. Most birthday parties, for example, are filled with people whose presence […]

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April 11, 2016: Welcoming St. John’s Richmond Church


On April 11th, St. John’s Richmond Church welcomed Missions Fest to their staff meeting and Missions Fest welcomed St. John’s Richmond as a new Missions Fest Sponsoring Church. Missions Fest and St. John’s shared in a participatory devotional where we named where God’s Spirit was at work. Some of St. John’s staff noticed God’s Spirit […]

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