The Best Advice I Ever Received

By Cam Roxburgh

iStock721280wMove in. That was it. The sentence was probably a little longer but that was the greatest advice that I was given as a church planter.

I had just finished seminary and made a decision to plant a church for the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. That was a great decision. But we needed a place to live and because of housing costs, began to look at homes 20 minutes away from the building we inherited from the Canadian Baptists. But as we walked the streets of the neighbourhood around the building, I began to feel that place in my soul. It was during one of those walks that a friend in the neighbourhood gave me the piece of advice that became so formative for me and Southside: “Cam, in order to make a difference in this place, you need to move in.” So I did. So we did. The whole core team of us. And it has made all of the difference.

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Sabbath and Trust

By Cam Roxburgh

The Lake District in England is a “thin place” for me. The likes of Wordsworth and Coleridge and Southey were all inspired by the beauty and serenity of the place. I hear God speak every time I go.

On one particular occasion as I was walking up a hill (the British think it is a mountain), I heard God tell me to go and sit on a rather large boulder conveniently positioned to look out over the valley below. He proceeded to ask, “Do you trust me?” I responded quickly in the affirmative and got up to continue my trek up this hill. But He was not finished. I was told to sit and ponder this question a little longer. Needless to say, I became keenly aware that I do not fully trust God. I know there is a way to live in the Kingdom of God with a much deeper level of trust in Him.

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