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Aug
13
2017

A Few Thoughts on Healing

Category: General

I spent the better part of this summer studying and podcasting my way through the Gospel of Mark. It was an interesting experience. When you only permit yourself 15 minutes a chapter, a lot gets left on the cutting room floor. One of the things I felt like I didn’t have time chase down was the whole issue of healing. There is a lot of healing in the Gospel of Mark. In fact, there is a lot more than there ought to be. Very early on in Mark’s Gospel Jesus makes it clear that he has no intention...keep reading»»


Aug
10
2017

There is a troubling trend that I have encountered in Canada with many professing Christians. This trend is a "church-shopping" attitude. They church shop with the list of needs that they feel church should meet. If a particular church does not meet their particular needs, then they are onto the next church that they hope will meet their needs! Often these needs boil down to four things 1) great music 2) entertaining and relevant preaching 3) friendly people that roll out the red...keep reading»»


Aug
10
2017

Editor's Note: In May of 2016 CLRA released their Revised Statement Of Faith, having worked in team over the course of a shared weekend at Muskoka Baptist Conference. At that meeting it was determined that the various contributors would each endeavour to write an extended commentary on one or more of the sections in the statement. The commentaries would elaborate on the issue and provide some background insight into why the committee came down as they did and why they used the words they...keep reading»»


Aug
08
2017

Jeremiah 35 is one of the oddest chapters in the Bible. It should also be considered one of the most alarming – particularly for nominal Evangelicals. In this chapter the prophet Jeremiah is instructed to seek out a small tribe of desert nomads called the Rechabites. He is to bring them to the house of the Lord and show them hospitality. When he sets wine before them they tell Jeremiah that they cannot partake, having been forbidden by their founding father Jonadad. They go on to detail a few...keep reading»»


Aug
03
2017

All of my heroes seem to have blind spots. Martin Luther was inexcusably hostile towards the Jews. John Wesley was a terrible husband. Jonathan Edwards owned slaves. These men and their tragic stories remind me that no one is perfect; no one has equal light on every matter and all are affected by the prejudices of their times. That isn’t an excuse, it is a sad conclusion. Luther sinned in his attitude towards the Jews. Wesley sinned in his treatment of Molly Vazeille. Edwards...keep reading»»


Aug
01
2017

Witnessing at work can be a little tricky. You can’t use your position as a platform for evangelism, but you are usually allowed to answer questions. Of course that assumes that someone is asking. The Apostle Peter assumed the same. In 1 Peter 3:15 he says: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have”  (1 Peter 3:15 NIV11). Peter assumes that your life and conduct will be unusual enough to inspire curiosity. He assumes that...keep reading»»


Jul
26
2017

The Bible and the culture tend to emphasize very different things when it comes to growing or saving your marriage. The culture tends to focus on feelings. The Bible tends to focus on actions. These six actions can change the way you feel about your marriage; these are things that you can do to help your marriage grow or to bring it back from the brink. Keep reading...keep reading»»


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