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 – sometimes after encountering a series of difficult obstacles. These difficulties may take many forms including opposition, weariness, missteps, failure, setbacks, and personal loss of one kind or another. It’s no secret that difficulty 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 personal Christian ministry 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 fifteen 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 personally authored and then published in 2017 called, Thoughtful Adaptations to Change: Authentic Christian Faith in Postmodern Times. The book is a great learning tool regarding cultural change, postmodernism, and ministry in today’s world. Courses adaptable to churches and ministry training institutions have been developed bases on these principles.
  • 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.

The Statistical State of Faith in America

This week, the premier American church magazine, Christianity Today, published the most recent results of an extensive survey by Pew Research about the current decline of Christian faith in the USA. In the article, written by CT news editor, Daniel Silliman, the main...

The Majesty and Mystery of Marriage

Fifty-two years ago, Carolyn and I stood before God and people, pledging our allegiance to one another (more romantically than rationally no doubt) 'til death do us part!  This week, we celebrated the occasion by riding our bikes from Canmore to Banff for a leisurely...

The Essential Gospel

Recently, I've been asking the question whether human nature is basically good or evil. Most people incline toward the idea that the human psyche is good--that it only needs to be fanned into a flame (i.e. educated) to accomplish a good purpose. The argument may...

Why I Still Love the Church

For the past 20 months, I have had been blessed to serve the Prairie Tabernacle Congregation in Three Hills Alberta as its transition pastor. Though focused on helping the church prepare for its next lead pastor, the role has also included regular lead pastor...

A Message for the Maelstrom of our Times?

As 2022 approached, I had occasion to study a couple of the Minor Prophets of the Old Testament, namely Hosea and Joel. In looking at the prophecy of Joel, I couldn't help but consider the parallels between the times in which he lived and our own. It made me wonder...

Christmas in the Dark

At our pastoral staff meeting today at the Prairie Tabernacle Congregation in Three Hills, AB, where I am continuing to serve as a transition pastor, I felt led to ask the question: what theme from the Christmas story is most dominant for you this year? One answer had...

Timely Third Printing

It's been a while since I've posted anything--possibly because I've been preoccupied for the past year with a fairly demanding transition ministry in Three Hills, Alberta at the Prairie Tabernacle Congregation. It has meant a couple of on-site Sunday worship service...

Christmas 2020 and The Year That’s Been!

In the quietness of this unusual Christmas season, there is a lot of time to reflect on the year that's been! For so many of us, because of the pandemic, the year has meant adjustments of many kinds. In March we were looking forward to making our way to Portland,...

Celebrating Christmas in 2020

Today, November 29th, is what is known as the First Sunday of Advent, a term which refers to the great sense of anticipation surrounding the expected coming of the Christ. Though the weather in Calgary, Alberta, where we now live is usually sunny, today it is cloudy...

The Defeat of Giants in our Times

I came across a story recently, in my daily reading of the Bible, that has once again held my attention for several days. Though familiar to me from childhood, there is something about that story even now that inspires giant-like faith for the times in which we live....

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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