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Jan
16
2017

In our church there are several pastors who share the responsibility for leading corporate prayer in the main worship services so I wanted to wait for a week when I had done it so that no one would think I was commenting on the inadequacies of another person. I also wanted to wait for a week when I had done a particularly bad job so that no one would think I was sharing from a position of exceptional strength. Having met those two criteria this past Sunday, I figured that now would be a good...keep reading»»


Jan
07
2017

About 47% people who start a Bible reading plan on January 1st have already fallen behind by January 7th. I didn’t make that number up, that number comes from our own tracking information courtesy of Google Analytics. It also comes from talking to busy people and guilty congregants year after year after year.  If you’ve been struggling to stay on top of your Bible readings this year the good news is, you are not alone! You are not deficient or unusually depraved - you are a human...keep reading»»


Dec
16
2016

Evangelicalism seems to be splitting into two camps eager to outdo one another in their departure from the norms of the 1980’s. The progressives are running away from the theology and the reformers are running away from the methodology. While I identify more with the reformers, I am increasingly concerned that in some cases, we may be throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Keep reading...keep reading»»


Dec
15
2016

The issue of euthanasia or Physician Assisted Dying as it is known in Canada, has been a hotly debated topic both inside and outside the church over the past several years. The legislation passed by Parliament in June of 2016 has put Christian doctors on a collision course with the College of Physicians and Surgeons in several provinces, most notably and immediately in the province of Ontario.  In November of 2016 I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Diane Haak, Dr. Ben McNaull and...keep reading»»


Dec
08
2016

Paul and I thought it would be a good idea if we both posted a shared "Epilogue" to close the loop on this particular discussion. This post will also appear on Paul Martin's site which you can find here. We hope that this conversation has helped you clarify your own thoughts on this matter while also modelling an example of charitable exchange. May God alone be glorified!   Closing Thoughts By Paul Martin: I really enjoyed reading Paul Carter’s engagement with my article...keep reading»»


Dec
07
2016

When Paul Martin approached me about my willingness to engage in a public disagreement on the appropriateness of child dedication I immediately embraced the idea. Iron sharpens iron and faithful are the wounds of a friend. I didn’t intend my original article to spark a debate, but I am very happy that it has done so. No tradition should go unchallenged among God’s people. We must be constantly reforming our practices in light of the Word of God. As I said in my first offering, I applaud and...keep reading»»


Dec
03
2016

In the last 2 years I’ve had more questions about child dedication than in the previous 20 years combined. Lots of my “young, restless and reformed” friends are wondering about this old Evangelical tradition. I think that is a good thing – the church gets into trouble when no one is asking why we do the things we do. Habit can be deadly and traditions – even seemingly harmless ones – should never go unchallenged. But Evangelicals are famous for over reaction. We have a tendency to outlaw...keep reading»»


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