About me

About me
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My name is Kevin Martineau and I am the Pastor at Port Hardy Baptist Church on Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  I have been pastoring here since June of 2002.  I am married to my best friend, Lauren,: and I have three beautiful daughters: Bethany, Sydney and Mallory. Some of my favourite things to do are: golfing, hot dog roasts at the beach with my family, walking, reading, blogging and watching hockey.

On August 8th, 2007 I entered the vast world called blogging.  I had just come back from a 3 month forced sabbatical (i.e. medical leave) and I knew that I had a big journey ahead of me (and I still do!) I started this blog as an outlet to help me process everything that I was learning.

I like to blog about what God is teaching me and whatever else happens to be upon my mind. I like to write about issues relating to christian living, books that I am reading, blogging and a host of other issues.  To make sure you don’t miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via RSS.

If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my most popular posts:

1. Make a difference in someone else’s life today!
2. 6 ways to practice the presence of God
3. 2 ways to get out of our comfort zone
4. 5 characteristics of a hero
5. Insecurity destroys relationships
6. The greatest pain in life is not to die but to be ignored
7. God helps us handle what we are given
8. Following Jesus is easy?
9. Lessons from a Leper
10. What is your personal leadership style?

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The opinions that I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer, Port Hardy Baptist Church. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use. 


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  • Maria says:

    Hi Kevin,
    I’ve just started reading Edwin Friedman’s “A failure of Nerve” . I went on line and found your blog as I searched for his fables. I’m actually disappointed because from the little I’ve read of his book, which has hints of systems theory…Bowen Family Therapy concepts the fable appears to me to be a way of rationalizing letting go of the rope and feeling OK about it. I’m catholic and I recall a story called “The little fish” which I can’t find on the internet. It went something like this. A little fish was pushed out to shore and was stuck on the beach. When various people passed by he asked if they could pick him up and throw him back into the sea. Various people representing various view points explained to him what he should do to help himself. The fish thanked them and tried whilst finding it hard to breathe and move. The next morning the same groups of people passed by each commenting and feeling pleased with themselves because the fish was no longer on the beach. He had in fact died and the tide took him back out to sea. I understand Edwin Friedman position but ….in the book I’m reading of his now he talks about a mother who nagged and wasn’t creative in her approach to getting her kids to do their homework. I’m wondering if we know everything about the man at the end of the rope (his little fish like qualities)and if Friedman wasn’t creative enough to help change his mind and get him back to safety at a time when this man wasn’t rational enough to do it for himself . It may not be his responsibility but a truly compassionate and creative person would take a different stance.

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