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Why We Named our Daughter Noa

When I was in Israel in 2011 it seemed like every waitress I had was named either Tirza or Noa. One day I asked a young lady, named Noa, to explain why her name was so incredibly popular. I explained that in Canada, generally speaking, only boys were named Noa(h). She explained to me that there is a story in the Bible about the daughters of Zelophehad. Their father did not have a son so the daughters (Noah, Tirzah, Mahlah, Hoglah and Milcah) went to Moses and asked for the legal right to inherit their father’s property. Moses agreed and...

Keep It Simple

What do you feel when someone asks you to disciple them? I imagine you’re excited because a hungry, likely younger Christian, wants to grow. I imagine there’s probably also stress because you don’t know where to begin. A wealth of good resources is at your fingertips, but that can make things more complicated. So where do you start? I never played on good hockey teams growing up but one of my teams once made a tournament final. Every player wanted to be the hero who makes the highlight play to win the game. Our coach saw it in our eyes...

The Meaning of Easter

Bunny rabbits sniffing through tall grass in spring. Kids excitedly hunting for eggs. Chocolate. Easter is the happy holiday that’s big enough to mark our calendars with days-off, yet somehow falls short of the grand-scale glitter of Christmas. It combines broad concepts of new life with holiday cuteness that can easily blur what we’re truly celebrating. Yet, when we dig beneath the newness of hatching chicks into the new life of Jesus, we discover that Easter celebrates great power and immense scope. While Christmas celebrates Jesus’s coming to earth, Easter celebrates His triumph over death. There are three ways that...

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