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About Paul Millar

Paul lives in Burlington with his wife Elizabeth and their five children, Alexandria, Gabriel, Hazel, Sophia and Simon. His current interests are native gardening, mountain biking, trail running, basketball and visiting indie coffee shops in the Hammer. If he is doing any of the above with his family all the better!

Two Men and Jesus

The other morning, I was at Next Door meeting with a contractor helping me sort out an issue with our kitchen project. He was very helpful, though in the end I was feeling discouraged, weary and stopped in my tracks. As this project has dragged on, I’ve become too familiar with this feeling, having experienced two or three other challenges along the way. And so being in that moment I just wanted to pray. Often

Nextdoor Renovation Update

In early May we received our building permit. The month of May was spent organizing volunteers and securing contractors.  To date the plumbing is roughed in and fixtures will be installed upon completion of some drywalling.  Likewise, electrical is underway. The major work is the installation of the kitchen exhaust. The equipment for this is on order and will be installed upon its arrival. We still hope towards a July completion! Renovation Timeline:

Praying the Question

Over the past few weeks a small group of us have met at Next Door to pray and discern the question, “as we are already engaged in Kingdom work, is the Lord calling us be a fuller expression of His church?” This question was formed as the first step in our discernment process, and while the wording of the question is open to some interpretation, it is essentially asking whether we should be more “church

Trail Running as Metaphor

I enjoy running. In particular, I enjoy trail running and the sense of flow that comes with the twists and turns. Ask any trail runner, when you are in the flow you feel like you can run forever! However, there is an inevitability to trail running. The flow never lasts, and you know at some point the euphoria will be interrupted with the challenge of a grueling climb, a steep descent or an outcropping of

The Forgotten

I remember a Friday night many years ago when friends going away for a weekend left without me simply because I couldn’t get off work till 6pm.  I’ve since recovered from that slight (even had a good weekend without them!) but it was no fun at the time to be forgotten. You likely have a story of being forgotten.  It may be a profound story that has shaped your life or an easily forgiven oversight

Helper and the Helped

Recently on a Monday night, one of regular friends at Next Door, Renee,[1] invited someone to join us for dinner. Renee, who has experienced profound pain in her life, had met this other woman the day before, when she found her distraught outside the local McDonald’s. Renee approached this stranger, told her she looked like she needed a hug, and then hugged her and listed to her painful story. She then followed up with her

A Call to Prayer Reflection

As we gathered together last night at ForestView for our opening night of Week of Prayer, we were presented with much to pray about. Looking at the double-sided handout was a reminder that as a church, we are a fairly large body with lots of hands and feet, eyes and ears!   These various body parts represent a lot of people serving in various capacities; some making big decisions that only come once every decade

Trust and Being Trusted

To Trust and be trusted. These are good things. Recently, I was feeling encouraged and thankful for the level of trust that we have established with our guests at Next Door. In particular, the subject of trust came to me as I was thinking about Chris*, the coming winter and Chris’ home – a tent in the woods on the outskirts of Aldershot. As I was thinking about him I wondered, how would I know

Pray, Walk, Resist and Intercede – The Work of Us Priests (Including You!)

New habits are difficult to form. Things can start out well but it’s tough to keep it up. Thus, when I publicly committed myself to weekly prayer walking in the Next Door neighbourhood I knew that I was in for a battle. I am two weeks into my new commitment and things are going well, but come September my schedule will fill up and, come winter and shorter days, motivation will wane to make it

Saturday Service

I went to church today. Saturday. It was a multi-site service. I arrived for the "9 am service" at the FV warehouse where there were about 10 of us loading a U-Haul to help move furniture to the new Next Door storefront. Another one of us was attending to a malfunctioning air conditioning unit and a couple others were helping with the move while also sticking around to do bike repair for Rolling Horse. A