Why Fasting

What about fasting? I am on a quest.  And have been for years.  Some of you have been on a similar quest.  For some it is a major quest, and for others it’s a minor quest, but a quest never the less. And that quest is weight loss.  And it seems like it’s been never…

Why Women in Ministry?

Her name was Antoinette Brown and she would become a part of history.  Antoinette was a committed abolitionist, a campaigner for temperance, and an advocate for women’s rights. Miss Brown was a popular lecturer at reform conventions nationwide and she also pastored a Congregational church in South Butler, New York.   But none of those things…

Why Evangelism

I love a good story, and I love a good story teller.  My favourite music through the years has been folk and country, because each song is a story.  That’s why Harry Chapin and Tom T Hall have been consistent favourites of mine, and why I love Gordy Lightfoot’s Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  And…

Why Wine?

In 1983 I witnessed a disaster of a wedding.  Angela and I were standing up with another couple that we had gone to Bible College with and it was like the pastor just didn’t care.  He dropped papers, fumbled through his readings and forgot names. It was horrendous.  And as a young pastor I determined…

What about Hell?

Long before I knew about God’s grace I knew about Gods’ wrath.  Long before I had encountered a loving God I knew about the fires of hell. Some of those images came from culture and some came from art.  All in all I think I prefer Larson to Hieronymus Bosch, but I’m that kind of…

But God

He had his entire life ahead of him, and he knew exactly how it would play out. He was smart and handsome, he had everything going for him and he knew it.  If there had of a been a yearbook, he would have been the one voted most likely to succeed. And then he wasn’t.…

But. . . Greed

You ever feel like just when things are going well that the Government comes along and wants everything you have?  If it’s not property tax that the HRM wants, then it’s sales tax the province wants or income tax the federal government wants.  Which have you heard, the CRA has adopted a new logo?  It…

After the But. . . Obey

The biggest cop out with Christians for their spiritual failure and the most common excuse for deliberate sinfulness are these words "I'm not under the law but under grace!" and with those eight words we seek to absolve ourselves of any spiritual responsibility we might have for our behaviour.  And when we are confronted about…

After the But. . . Preach

Evangelism.  It is not just a good idea; it is a matter of survival.  Without evangelism, there would be no Christianity, because without evangelism there would be no Christians. If we read the various accounts of Jesus’ last words to the apostles, we discover that he left no doubt at all that Christianity was something…

But, . . . Build on the Rock

Two men, the number is both important and irrelevant.  It is important because there had to be two, one would not have been enough.  It’s irrelevant because those two men represent every human being who has ever lived.  Two men, the number is both important and irrelevant. The story is a familiar one to those…