Finding Fresh Energy
For Life and For Service

Hello! My name is Ed Drewlo and my main purpose is spiritual encouragement based on the main story and truths of the Bible.

The idea for this site started in response to an evident need especially among Christian leaders for encouragement after “hitting some kind of wall.” I called it second wind to emulate the idea that at some point in our race, when the going seems hardest, we often experience a burst of energy to finish the race strong.

Second Wind is an appropriate metaphor for the Christian race because it alludes to the ministry of the Spirit who enables us to run the Christian race more easily and successfully after encountering a series of difficult obstacles. These difficulties may take many forms including opposition, weariness, missteps, setbacks, and personal loss of one kind or another. It’s no secret that this is often the nature of the Christian life and ministry. Jesus alludes to this in the image of bearing His cross and St. Paul speaks of always carrying in one’s body the death of Jesus.

But the good news is that this difficult experience also makes it possible for us to truly experience the resurrection of Jesus, or as Paul says it, that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body (2 Corinthians 4:10).

Second Wind Ministries, is a non-profit Christian service that exists:

  • In general, to be a ministry of spiritual encouragement to anyone, wherever that may be, who is struggling with challenges and difficulties in life.
  • For Leaders, as a ministry of encouragement to individual pastors and leaders in Christian ministry who are in the midst of unanticipated challenges. This can take the form of individual counsel or teaching seminars regarding means for more effective ministry.
  • For Churches, to help through crisis – especially the kind that emerge because of transition between pastors. In the last dozen years, Second Wind Ministries has worked with more than a dozen churches and ministries in western Canada to assist with transition between lead pastors.
  • For Education, informing both professional and lay church leaders to better understand the major philosophical and cultural shift that has taken place in western society and how to adjust to these changes for more effective Christian ministry. Much of this is based on the book authored and published in 2017 called, Thoughtful Adaptations to Change: Authentic Christian Faith in Postmodern Times. A course has been developed to teach these principles in Bible Colleges and churches.
  • As a Resource, for church and denominational leaders providing assistance for churches to be more successful in ministry. Blog articles on this site are posted regularly to provide personal and organizational encouragement from a biblical perspective.

Pondering the Potency of Postmodernism

In 2001, David Dockery edited and published a book called, The Challenge of Postmodernism. (Not long ago, Dr. Dockery served as  president and then chancellor of Trinity International University/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Recently, he was appointed professor...

Happy New Year!

It's New Year's, 2020! And everyone is shouting, Happy New Year! As the old year winds down to its final few seconds, people all over the world are getting ready to welcome the new year amid a bonanza of fireworks and a musical light display. In the euphoria of the...

FROZEN

If you're living in northern Canada, there is something about walking in the woods after a snowfall that seems truly magical. "Frozen" is a word that seems to capture this image of the magical world of winter very well. It is the stillness, the muffled effect of the...

The Meaning and Development of Postmodernism

Postmodernism There is an important sense in which the development of philosophical thought is part of an historical continuum in which the various parts are not as distinct as we imagine or describe them to be. For example, there surely were signs of modernism’s...

What’s Holy About Halloween?

Tonight, October 31st, most people are occupied with typical Halloween festivities. But they may not know that this popular western cultural ritual actually began as a celebration among the Celts of northern Europe and Ireland some 2000 years ago to ward off evil...

The Battle for Truth

Canada is in the midst of an election campaign. On October 21st, Canadians will have the opportunity to choose a new government. Early indications are that the two front runners, the Conservatives and the Liberals, are pretty much tied for their bid for the leadership...

Ness Lake Ministerial Retreat

Annually, at this time of year, the Prince George Ministerial Association meets at Ness Lake Bible Camp, just west of the city, for  a half day of preparation for ministry together in the coming year. This year, the Association invited me to talk about Christian...

Mid Summer Stock-taking

This has been a good summer. In our part of the world (Prince George, British Columbia), the weather has been fairly cool and wet for much of the time. We have enjoyed immensely our backyard with its garden and rich green grass. In contrast to pervious summers, it's...

Technology and Spirituality

I am grateful to family members who recently gave me a set of headphones for my birthday. I now have the privilege of experiencing personal worship in a whole new way. Using Bluetooth technology, I can pair the headset with my iPhone and access sound produced by any...

Zooming Out to Zoom In

Here is a close-up photo of a recent birthday party celebration at our house for five children (and me). Since it's not possible for us to attend everyone's actual birthday, we took this opportunity this July 1st weekend when a couple of families were with us to...

Thoughtful Adaptations to Change: Authentic Christian Faith in Postmodern Times

This book was published under Friesen Press by Edwin Drewlo in 2017. Its purpose is to provide help in how people can negotiate change in general but especially through the vast cultural changes that have taken place due to the emergence of postmodernism in the past fifty years. The book attempts to trace the philosophical development of this phenomenon along with how it has impacted popular culture and especially Christian faith practice and church ministry.

It is presented as a “thoughtful” assessment of the positive as well as the negative effects of this change. The book emphasizes the value of maintaining a strong commitment in these times to the objective truth of the Holy Scriptures and the good news concerning Jesus to which they so strongly attest. Though the book is somewhat academic, it also provides many practical ideas on how to live and serve as a Christian disciple in these times. Each chapter offers the opportunity for group discussion on a large variety of subjects.

 

 

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