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Feb
09
2017

Editor's Note: As I mentioned yesterday, I would welcome other voices from within the CBOQ to use this forum to discuss the complicated issue of LGBTQ affirmation. What does it mean to affirm? What are we affirming? What if some churches affirm what the Bible condemns? What is sin? What effect do we expect the grace of God to have in the life of a saved person? These are just some of the subtopics we need to discuss as a wider body on our way to agreement or principled separation. This...keep reading»»


Feb
08
2017

Canadian Baptists are really good at avoiding hard conversations. Ever since the T.T. Shields debacle in the 1920’s we have been terrified of theological controversy. Theology divides, mission unites – so we have told ourselves for nearly 100 years. But it turns out that theology matters. We have now reached the point where we cannot do missions together because we do not believe in the same Gospel. Our theological drift has led to missiological paralysis. Our options are simple: Keep...keep reading»»


Feb
08
2017

Today in our RMM readings we encountered the difficult matter of the Jewish rejection of Jesus Christ. Paul is very troubled by this reality and it is a cause of concern for Christian people even to this day. So why is it that the people to whom these promises were originally given and with whom God had been so patient and gracious over the years should seem to find themselves on the outside looking in?   Paul recognizes the challenge that this strange state of affaires presents to...keep reading»»


Feb
03
2017

For better or worse the LGBTQ issue has begun to function as a sort of “Rubicon” within Christendom in general and Evangelicalism in particular. In July of 2016, I wrote an article called “Why Is Gay Marriage The Evangelical Rubicon?” The article was in response to the decisions by the Anglican Church of Canada and by the Church of Scotland to redefine the Christian understanding of marriage. Many observers were making the point in print that these decisions represented a “crossing of...keep reading»»


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»»


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