Never Surrender

It’s almost a dirty word.  One that nobody wants to use, and certainly not a word that anybody wants to be identified with.  In today’s culture of shame, you can probably think of any number of words that fall in that category, and that society has taken to referring to by their first letter, as…

Where Communion Leads Us

 It is probably one of the most memorable scenes from the New Testament.  For three years they had travelled the width and breadth of Palestine, listening to him teach, watching him heal, marvelling at the miracles that he performed.  Sometimes they found what they were looking for and sometimes it came together in a beautiful…

The Gift of Wisdom

Imagine having in your grasp the one thing that your heart desired more than anything.  Of being assured that whatever that one thing was it was yours.  What would you wish for?     Understand it’s not the genie thing, no three wishes but one.  What would your wish be?  And remember this is it, no…

Care for Each Other

Seventy-nine minutes into the game, the score was 12-10 for them. One minute left to play, Meninga got the ball and handed it off to Langer who in turn passed to Walters, to Carne and Renouf, Hancock, Smith, Langer, Meninga and finally Mark Coyne who had come on from the reserve bench slammed the ball…

What about Original Sin?

What about Original Sin It has been the title of several novels, songs and movies and the inspiration for more art than I can count.   But we’re not looking at literature, music or art this morning. We are at the end of our “Asking for a Friend” series where we have answered questions that the…

What about Warnings

In his 2005 song by the same name, Bon Jovi asks the question: “Who says you can't go home? Who says you can't go back? I been all around the world and as a matter of fact There's only one place left I wanna go Who says you can't go home?” Well, actually many people…

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…