About chrisrandall306

youth pastor in the hood community activist director of streetforce youth centre jewish/canadian married to an amazing ojibway woman pacifist #citycentrechurch passion to see this generation embrace justice, worship & prayer #riversdale addicted tweeter & instgrammer #yxe

my wife

my wife is amazing! I would be so ‘in-over-my-head’ without her! she is one of the most mature, thoughtful, and selfless persons I know. kim is the driving force behind the work we do at #streetforceyouthcentre, and I know it is only because of her strength and wisdom that we are sucessful with this ministry.
being an indigenous woman, my wife often faces an up-hill battle. our society is filled with many prejudices towards First Nation women, and my wife constantly amazes me with her ability to face this with grace and strength. 

  kim and I both receieved a lot of recognition from both the youth and other members of this neighbourhood, and although we don’t do what we do for any of that; it does confirm to us that we are do hear their voice — and that it is the voices of these youth that we are learning to champion & empower. over the years we have also recieved a lot of criticism; (passive-aggressive judgementalism can so often lead to hostile accusation & even slander) I personally am ok with this, b/c in the ‘red letters’ I also see Jesus recieved the same kind of criticims that Kim & I have had to go through. and as I look back I’ve realized the times Kim and I recieved the stongest criticims were the times we were leaning on Him the most. He led us to stand for those with no voice, and He graced us to “turn-the-other-cheek” in the face of all the negativity. 

although I have a long way to go, and struggle to work out my salvation (just like anyone else) my wife is one of the most christ-like people I know. she has taught me so much.
I love you Kimberly Anne. you are my light, you are an amazing wife & mother. Zander and Jenna have the best mom in the whole world. I am so lucky to have you. you make me a better person in so many ways! ~~ always and forever

  

Pope Francis’ Guide to Lent: What You Should Give Up This Year

TIME

Christians around the world mark the beginning of Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday. This ancient day and season has a surprising modern appeal. Priests and pastors often tell you that outside of Christmas, more people show up to church on Ash Wednesday than any other day of the year—including Easter. But this mystique isn’t reserved for Christians alone. The customs that surround the season have a quality to them that transcend religion.

Perhaps most notable is the act of fasting. While Catholics fast on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays during the Lenten season, many people—religious or not—take up this increasingly popular discipline during the year.

MORE Here’s What People On Twitter Say They’re Giving Up For Lent

But Pope Francis has asked us to reconsider the heart of this activity this Lenten season. According to Francis, fasting must never become superficial. He often quotes the early Christian mystic…

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When talking fails, listening begins?

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I moved and settled down here in Saskatoon because some of Gods people asked me to do so. I have come to love Saskatoon, her people, beauty and personality. As someone arriving from far away I was thrilled to recognize the imprints of the work by the Holy Spirit in the city, she is founded on the spirit of the aspiration of mutual understanding and cooperation rather than colonization and segregation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M–y1AEX9pM (Thank you Chris Randall for bringing this to my attention). Many spiritual gifts are at work in the Church of Saskatoon. The Holy Spirit is at work here and the Kingdom of God is just a perspective away. Like an orchestra the Church in Saskatoon is tuning up to play beautiful music, but before that can happen, before the full potential of the orchestra is unlocked, the orchestra needs to put it’s full attention on the Conductor first…

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1930 article // #penticostalhistory

Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center

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This Week in AG History–February 8, 1930
By Darrin Rodgers

Also published in PENews, 5 February 2015

Aunt Fanny, a 100-year old Hoopa Indian woman, accepted Christ in about 1920 when a Mexican-American Pentecostal evangelist, A. C. Valdez, visited the Hoopa Indian Reservation in northern California. She was among the earliest Native American Pentecostals, and was almost certainly the oldest.

Aunt Fanny had long been revered in Native American circles. Born in about 1820, she recounted the sacred stories of her ancestors. She herself had lived longer than most everyone else. She remembered, as a girl, seeing the first white men come to her small village. She initially thought they were creatures sent from the Thunder Sky by the Great Spirit. Afterward, she witnessed white soldiers massacre many Native Americans in her village. She survived the massacre and forgave the white men who killed her people.

Sometime later, Aunt Fanny’s…

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judging

Eating from the forbidden tree represents our rebellious attempts to position ourselves as judges rather than leaving all judgment to God, as the bible consistently commands
(e.g. Rom 14:10; James 4:11-12).

The moment we become judgers, we stop being lovers. The moment we eat from the forbidden tree, we’re blocked from access to the Tree of Life
(Gen 3:22-24).

— Greg Byod

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this.

…otherwise orthodox evangelicalism is dead. It’s dead to oppressed folks in our back yards who need to hear the word of God spoken into their situation with all the prophetic unction our Lord would give. It’s dead to grieving parents required to have closed casket funerals for their children because racist systems and people so disfigure the body it can’t be shown.

Orthodox evangelicalism is dead to the marginalized because it’s so allergic to the margins. It wants its mainstream, its tree-lined streets of cultural acceptance, its reserve and respectability. So it’s dead.

read more here: Ferguson