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Jun
23
2017

A few days ago I wrote a brief reflection on my favourite chapter of the Old Testament – Isaiah 52:13-53:12. If that doesn’t make you want to leap for joy and praise the Lord, there is something seriously wrong with you. However, not every chapter in the Bible is intended to lighten our steps – some of them are meant to put weight in our souls. So it is with Deuteronomy 28. Deuteronomy 28 is not my favourite chapter in the Bible. Not by a long shot. In it, Moses tells the...keep reading»»


Jun
21
2017

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 is quite possibly the most remarkably passage in the Old Testament.  It is Isaiah’s great and climactic reflection upon the Suffering Servant.  The New Testament applies it to Jesus Christ.  Consider some of what the prophet predicted: 1. The Suffering Servant will be lifted up from the earth (52:13)2. The Suffering Servant will be abused to the point of physical disfigurement (52:14)3. The Suffering Servant will make atonement for people from many...keep reading»»


Jun
16
2017

In the Old Testament Babylon was a city; in the New Testament Babylon is a spirit. In the Old Testament the city of Babylon gave birth to an empire that ruled the known world and imposed a worldview upon all of the peoples that she conquered. She could be brutal; she could be proud and she thought she would reign forever. The story of Babylon is woven throughout the entirety of the Old Testament narrative. She is introduced to us in Genesis as “Babel”, the city were human beings decided to...keep reading»»


Jun
10
2017

Any time Canadian Baptists gather for 3 days of meetings in a relatively enclosed space there is bound to be some mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly. Throw in a dash of fellowship and a pinch of politics and you have the essential recipe for every CBOQ Assembly that I have ever attended. This year’s Assembly however, will likely be remembered for two things in particular: the public triumph of the progressives and the sudden awakening of the muddy middle. The CBOQ is often described as...keep reading»»


Jun
08
2017

Today was a most interesting day. Today we learned that our denomination has 21 million dollars in hedged assets but has seen its purchasing power reduced by nearly $500,000 a year due to reduced givings from churches. So many are dying. So many are closing. This year a substantial portion of our budget was covered by the sale of church properties - which had closed due to long term contraction and decline. It appears that our denomination intends to exist on monies given to them decades...keep reading»»


Jun
01
2017

CLRA Confession Article VIII Few subjects produce such heated debate amongst Baptist churches in the 21st Century as the matter of church autonomy.  It is broadly acknowledged that autonomy is a distinctive of Baptist churches that sets it apart from other families of churches, yet the meaning and extent of autonomy is not always agreed upon.  Some churches and associations seem to hold autonomy as the ‘cardinal’ distinctive of the church, while others seek to find some means to...keep reading»»


May
16
2017

As a pastor I don’t often get to “go to church” so I was eager to do so this past week while on vacation. In no particular order here are a few of the things that I learned:  1.         I need to be served, fed and built up in my faith Usually when I am at church I am in service mode. I am thinking about what I am going to say or do and I am hopeful and prayerful that it will be a blessing to others. This past Sunday I wasn’t thinking about any of...keep reading»»


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