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I said in my last sermon at the end of the year that March 2020 was the first time, by my knowledge, that Bethel had cancelled a church service in its 100-year history for something other than extreme weather. Shortly after that sermon, I received an email that proved me wrong. Bethel had cancelled aContinue reading “When Bethel “Cancelled” Church”
Note: this blog is a bit longer than normal, you have been warned. I have the privilege of serving the church daily, which means I have had to take a lot of time in the past year to think about “church”. This season has challenged many of my assumptions about why, how, and where weContinue reading “What is Church?”
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 John 3:16 might be the most familiar Bible verse ever. It’s a verse for all seasons, but I don’t think I have thoughtContinue reading “Advent: Love”
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothsContinue reading “Advent: Joy”
I have always been one to count down to Christmas. As a kid I would embody the words of the Christmas song, “Tiny tots with their eyes all a-glow will find it hard to sleep tonight.” It was only in the past 8 years or so that I realized that it’s not only kids whoContinue reading “Advent: Peace”
This past Sunday marked the first Sunday of the Advent season. Advent means “arrival” and it is the time of year we remember and celebrate the coming of Jesus as a baby in Bethlehem to grow up to be the man on Calvary’s cross. The first week of advent is marked by the word, Hope.Continue reading “Advent: Hope”
At our Church we are working through the book of Jonah in our Sunday morning sermons and in small groups. Jonah is a small book in comparison to other prophetic books of the Old Testament, but Jonah gets special treatment as he is mentioned by Jesus in both Matthew’s and Mark’s Gospels, “But he answeredContinue reading “Types and Shadows”
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness“. – 2 Timothy 3:16 This is the classic text used when discussing what Christians believe about the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, the Bible. We believe that the Bible is inspired by God andContinue reading “The Bible According to the Bible”
I am on vacation this week so there will be no regular Thursday post. But I wanted to take the opportunity on this Thanksgiving Monday to share a special encouragement as we celebrate this day. Thanksgiving is often a mixed bag. On a normal thanksgiving Monday, some of you have the responsibility of becoming world-classContinue reading “Thanksgiving as Warfare”
I am a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier’s BBA program and one of the classic first-year projects for people who wanted to be super involved was the pitch competition. The challenge was this: you are sharing an elevator with a potential investor for your new product or idea and you have until the elevator reaches theirContinue reading “One Sentence Gospel”
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