Walking The Walk

In 1994, the New York Rangers were in the Conference finals with the New Jersey Devils.  They were down 3 games to 2 in a best of seven series, meaning they had to win the next two games in order to move on.  The captain of the Rangers, Mark Messier, was under criticism for underperforming in the series.  He had massive expectations on his shoulders, especially since he was one of the greatest players ever to play the game of hockey.  Then, in the morning of the big game, he said something that would be remembered forever.  He said to … Continue reading

Revive, Reform, Restore

It only takes a spark to get a fire going. Revival and Reformation are words we don’t hear nearly enough, though when we do hear them they often sound dull and cliched. These words are weighty, and they should feel like it. Revival means bringing back to life; it means to revive, to make alive again. Reformation means restructure, to form something again; really, it’s about change. Bring back to life. Make a change. Neither word is one that you want to have to invoke when it comes to the church, because they demonstrate that something is very, very wrong in the … Continue reading

Coffee Costs; Message’s Free

We celebrated our fortieth anniversary at One Way Inn last year; and forty years ago the One Way Inn Coffee House was featured in the Scarborough Mirror’s Youth in the Mirror segment. Give the article – which features quotes from original One Way Inners like Dean Westacott – a quick read to catch a glimpse of our roots. Forty years later, and we’re still kickin’ it strong! God is good! Dean Westacott is an OWI youth leader and was a founding member of One Way Inn Coffee House in 1972. Original article by Jeff Barnard

He Doesn’t Remember

When I was younger, my brothers and I sometimes did things to each other that we probably shouldn’t have done.  I can still remember the first time I was left home alone at night to watch my little brother.  After he went to sleep, I heard someone walking around the house, then heard someone banging on the dining room window.  I was pretty freaked out.  I ran to my parents’ room and was about to call 911.  Instead I called my grandparents who lived next door, and it was a good thing I did.  As the phone rang on the … Continue reading

Challenge on the Mount

In our OWI Bible Study – the Highway – we have been reading through the book of James. James is a tremendously practical book for new Christians and older believers alike, and it poses challenges to the reader in every single chapter. In James 1:22 he says: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” In other words, don’t just study the Bible, listen to sermons, read the words of Jesus – take action! In response to this, we came up with a few challenges of our own. CHALLENGE 1: READ THE SERMON … Continue reading

Picture The Church

*Originally posted as “Oh, the Church” @ Fresh West Ideas If you told me that most people who claim to have trouble with God or with Christianity in fact actually have more of a problem with the Church and with Christians themselves, I wouldn’t bother arguing.  In fact, I’d wager that an overwhelming number of those who are strongly anti-God take a look at the Church and decide that the God of the Church must be a pretty sloppy craftsman based on the quality of his product. Churches can get off track.  The Church has gotten off track more often throughout … Continue reading

Taste and See

So many of us spend our lives in the pursuit of sensory satisfaction.  The best scent.  The best flavour. The best sound.  We want that certain look, that certain feeling, and we’re willing to try anything in the hopes of finding that standard of sensory perfection.  But do we ever really find it? The Israelite people spent forty years in the desert waiting to get into the promised land.  While they waited, eating fists full of quail and manna, they dreamt of the Promised Land, a new home flowing with “milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8).  They could almost taste it.  Sadly, we … Continue reading

One Better Way

We live in a world of rapid change in terms of technological advancement.  Vinyls and eight-tracks seem, to me, like fragments of dreams from a world long past, but I’m old enough to remember and still own a number of audio cassettes. Audio cassettes and portable Walkman devices gave way to CDs and Discmans (Discmen?), of course, and now iPods and MP3 files are in the process of making even CDs obsolete.  In fact, it probably already happened without anyone bothering to tell me. Televisions keep getting bigger and bigger.  Cell phones keep getting smaller and smaller.  If there’s a way to … Continue reading

Staring Down the Well

I wrote this paper in a course on the Gospel of John in my third year of University; I’m posting it here for the benefit of my Youth Class as with whom I will be studying John chapters 3 and 4 over the next two Sunday mornings. Give it a read. A Pharisee, a ruler of the Jewish people, ventured out by night hoping to find audience with a certain rabbinic teacher; what he found was a teaching far beyond his limited understanding.  A Samaritan woman left her home by the light of day to draw water from Jacob’s well; what … Continue reading