Shifting the weight
06/27/2022

Shifting the weight

Connecting with God at the gymWritten by Laura PuirasApart from warming the bench on a handful of middle school sports teams and cheerleading in high school, athletics have never played much of a part in my world. If you had told me back then that one day I’d be lifting weights at the gym (for fun?!

  Laura Puiras
A hero who can save the day
06/27/2022

A hero who can save the day

When we need to admit overwhelm and seek helpWritten by Shawn NaylorWhen I was in high school, I played for the basketball team. My fellow players were far superior to me. I mean, I saw them dunk in Grade 7. Many of our players went on to play for the number-one ranked basketball team in Canada. The

  Shawn Naylor
Viewing self-care through a team mindset
06/27/2022

Viewing self-care through a team mindset

How practical health choices effect those around usWritten by Cindy PalinI was scrolling through my Instagram feed one blustery winter afternoon and noticed a post from a friend. She announced she had walked 365 days in a row without fail. As my mind began playing reruns of her walking stories, a su

  Cindy Palin
Saturated by our surroundings
06/27/2022

Saturated by our surroundings

Rethinking what we fill our minds and bodies withWritten by Sue RussellWhen I was younger, I was obsessed with the comedy/drama series Gilmore Girls. I loved the fast talking, the witty banter and the fact that they lived in a charming little town. I made it my mission to watch the entire series eve

  Sue Russell
The unsatisfying truth about productivity
06/01/2022

The unsatisfying truth about productivity

Written by Abby CionaAfter a challenging two years—with Covid-19, struggles with mental health, and finishing a busy first year of university—I was about to go on vacation with my family. But I was anxious I would spend my vacation swamped with guilt.For the past two years, I had struggled with feel

  Abby Ciona
Jesus takes up the cross
04/12/2022

Jesus takes up the cross

Written by Linda NichollsIn these few words of the final condemnation of Jesus we are drawn into the power of systems that pull people into a centrifugal vortex of destructive actions. This story is not just about Pilate as an individual. It is about a man caught in the political tensions between th

  Linda Nicholls
Beauty that disarms
04/04/2022

Beauty that disarms

A Ukrainian Canadian artist highlights stories of dignity and hope in the face of evilWritten by Ivanka GaladzaWhen a war breaks out in your homeland four thousand miles away, what do you do? Since Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, many Ukrainians and non-Ukrainians alike have contributed huma

  Ivanka Galadza
Should you talk about your faith in a job interview?
04/04/2022

Should you talk about your faith in a job interview?

Written by Carol FordIn most job interviews, after polite comments about the weather and traffic, the interviewer sits back comfortably in their chair and, in a light and friendly tone, says, “Tell me about yourself.”Job seekers often aren’t sure how best to respond to this question. What informatio

  Carol Ford
The sacred weight of stories within the Church 
03/21/2022

The sacred weight of stories within the Church 

Glory is displayed through accounts from different lands, cultures, and ethnicitiesWritten by Zammie KingThe craft of stories has been consistently interwoven with my life. As a young kid, countless evenings were spent sitting in my grandmother’s lap as her tongue spilled with anecdotes in my native

  Zammie King
Celebrating women of the Bible
03/07/2022

Celebrating women of the Bible

Courageous stories to remember on International Women’s Day Written by Marina HofmanWith International Women’s Day on March 8, we pause to reflect on the acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who played an extraordinary role in history. Who better to celebrate than the women of the Bib

  Marina Hofman
The right balance renews passion
02/22/2022

The right balance renews passion

Three questions to help you find restWritten by Brenna CovelensI’ve been working with at-risk youth for two years. Some days, I feel fulfilled. Other days, I feel discontented. For a while, it felt as if my fairy wings had been clipped, so to speak. My patience grew thin, and I was overly exhausted

  Brenna Covelens
The root of burnout
02/22/2022

The root of burnout

Dean Davey takes our questions on why the term “burnout” is overused and how to gain a healthier perspective on workInterview by Ilana ReimerHave you personally experienced burnout? What did that look like for you?After pastoring for 17 years and after a whole series of unfortunate events, as Lemony

  Ilana Reimer
Work has the power to change a story
02/22/2022

Work has the power to change a story

Three young adults demonstrate how the opportunity to work is a life-changing giftWritten by Rebekah MalbrechtPoverty speaks lies to children. It tells them not to dream and that they are stuck in its cycle. It tells them they will never find fulfilling jobs to support themselves and their families.

  Rebekah Malbrecht
Tending to life together
02/22/2022

Tending to life together

Rediscovering church in the real worldWritten by Preston PouteauxMy Instagram tells me what feels true: that most people are better looking, get to travel, have more money, more friends, better jobs, and better lives than I do.We all know that’s not actually true. Every influencer knows what’s behin

  Preston Pouteaux
Where love leads
02/22/2022

Where love leads

Gifts for the gospel, not plans for the futureWritten by Robbie DownOne late night in my bedroom, I recorded an impromptu arrangement to Philippians 4:8. I was inspired by how well we remember song lyrics, simply because they’re set to a melody. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the songs you identify

  Robbie Down
What a biblical calling is (and isn’t)
02/22/2022

What a biblical calling is (and isn’t)

Written by Cindy PalinWork is meaningful because our God created us to work. Timothy Keller, author of Every Good Endeavour: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work, reminds us God worked and saw it was good, as the beginning of Genesis tells us. The Lord then passed the baton to humans to name the anima

  Cindy Palin
Your talents can wait
02/22/2022

Your talents can wait

The all-important role of tedious, thankless workWritten by Shawn NaylorMany of us have had to work jobs we don’t particularly like. We find ourselves looking to the sky asking subconscious questions to a conscious God. Why am I here? Why am I wasting my time? Is this all there is to life?I’m fully

  Shawn Naylor
When it’s time to leave a job
02/22/2022

When it’s time to leave a job

Written by Josh RoberieThe hardest thing I ever had to do was step away from my position in full-time ministry. I was the youth and young adults pastor at my church. For a long time, I did not think there was anything for me outside of this comfortable church ecosystem.As a child, my home life was u

  Josh Roberie
Rejecting work as identity
02/22/2022

Rejecting work as identity

The equilibrium between laziness and workaholismWritten by William DmytrowIn our society today, we associate someone with their work. It’s usually the first thing we learn when we meet someone. If your aunt isn’t asking you how your work is going, she’s likely asking you what you’re going to do with

  William Dmytrow
Love God and do what you please
02/22/2022

Love God and do what you please

Saint Augustine’s wisdom on discerning your callingWritten by Mike GordonDid you ever play the game M.A.S.H. during recess in elementary school? Mansion, apartment, shack, or house. The game would promise without fail where you’ll live, who you’ll marry, what kind of car you’ll drive, and what you’l

  Mike Gordon
Waiting on purpose
02/22/2022

Waiting on purpose

What we can learn through jobs that just pay the billsWritten by Mikayla NembhardWhenever I hear the word “purpose,” it just sounds as if a royal king in court has chosen me from the crowd to go on a quest to retrieve the holy grail to save a kingdom. Heed this warning, there is danger afoot, and a

  Mikayla Nembhard
The heresy of hurry
02/22/2022

The heresy of hurry

Written by Alexander PezzuttoPerhaps you find yourself working 80-hour weeks or 40-hour weeks with endless evening and weekend obligations. Perhaps you haven’t taken a day off in months, or have this inner feeling of depletion and emptiness. You may have bought into the idea that hurry is praisewort

  Alexander Pezzutto
The high calling of work
02/22/2022

The high calling of work

A business expert on defining success and healthy career mindsetsWritten by Andrea NwabuikeBefore Adam and Eve made an afternoon snack of the forbidden fruit, their days were occupied with tending to the Garden of Eden. Their capacity to work was reflective of their Creator, who had laboured for six

  Andrea Nwabuike
Growth like wildflowers
02/22/2022

Growth like wildflowers

Releasing busy calendars and grasps at significanceWritten by Alysha KyleI’m good at being busy. I like to think I’m the kind of person who goes all-in when being challenged with a new task. Whenever someone asked what I did for a living, I listed off at least two or three things I had on the go. It

  Alysha Kyle