Why I Am a Canadian Baptist

Apologetics and Theology

A Canadian Baptist not just a Baptist who is Canadian, but someone who belongs to a family of Baptists called Canadian Baptists. I belong specifically to a group called the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and […]

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49th Parallel – Review

Second World War

I love old war movies, especially those made during the Second World War. Sure, they include propaganda, but that’s part of the charm. I recently discovered that that as they were preparing to go to […]

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The Painful Truth About Being a Pastor

Leadership and Ministry

I have been a pastor for over twenty years. I enjoy it and I’m thankful that this is my career. However, there is a truth about being a pastor that I just can’t shake. When […]

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The Last Words of C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis and Friends

C.S. Lewis died in 1963. Lewis wrote many books and essays during his career. The last published writing of Lewis was an essay titled, “We Have No Right to Happiness.” The Gospel Coalition has republished […]

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Proud of Ellen DeGeneres

Personal Reflections

Something happened on the weekend that is representative of the world we live in. Comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres attended a football game. No big deal. But she was sitting beside President George […]

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Good News: Enjoying the Lincoln and Welland Regiment

Personal Reflections

I have now been able to put in a full month as the padre at the Lincoln and Welland Regiment after the end of our summer stand-down. I am very much enjoying this role. In […]

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What Non-Christians Hear When Evangelicals Disagree With Climate Change

Apologetics and Theology

Climate change is something that is very much on people’s minds. Some of the biggest names are speaking out on a potential global crisis. Meanwhile, many of my evangelical friends not only mock the idea, […]

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What a Complex Disease Taught Me About Leadership

Leadership and Ministry

A number of years ago I got very sick. So sick that I thought I was dying. I had quite a few different symptoms that made it difficult to diagnose. Some of my symptoms included: […]

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Fragile Bones – Review

Disability and Faith

My daughter brought home a number of books from her school library and I was pleased to see one was Fragile Bones: Harrison and Anna by Lorna Schultz Nicholson. This book revolved around two high school […]

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Do You Need a PhD to be a Theologian?

Apologetics and Theology

Perhaps you feel the draw to theology. You want to be a theologian but you don’t have a PhD and don’t anticipate getting one. Is your desire beyond your grasp? I can anticipate some people […]

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Birds of Prey – Trailer 1

Comic Book Geek

The Birds of Prey are one of the lesser known groups in the DC Universe. It is made up of some of the female superheroes, including Black Canary and the Huntress. The Birds of Prey […]

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Good News: Overcoming Fear

Personal Reflections

Our daughter has a complicated relationship with Halloween. On one hand, it is her favourite day. On the other, there are costumes and masks that really scare her. For the last couple of years she […]

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Dark Phoenix – Review

Comic Book Geek

I was excited a number of years ago when X-Men: First Class came out. I loved the new characters and fresh take on familiar characters. Plus it was in continuity (sort of) with the previous […]

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What Bothers Me Most About Young Earth Creationists

Apologetics and Theology

As you may know, there are a number of Christian interpretations of the origins of the universe, earth and life. I was once a young earth creationist but am now convinced of the old age […]

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How to Preach Topical Sermons

Leadership and Ministry

I know that there are some preachers that are very against topical sermons. It is expository or nothing. While I’m sympathetic to this, I don’t fully agree. I think there are times when a topical […]

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The Bible and Disability: A Commentary – Review

Disability and Faith

I’m currently doing research into what the Bible says about disabilities. This led me naturally to The Bible and Disability: A Commentary edited by Sarah J. Melcher, Mikeal C. Parsons and Amos Yong. The Bible […]

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Good News: Welcome Back BBQ

Personal Reflections

Yesterday at Queen Street Baptist Church we had our Welcome Back Sunday and barbecue. It went very well. This is a Sunday where we celebrate the return of a number of families who have been […]

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Can You Blog on More Than One Topic?

Blogging and Writing

Should your blog focus on just one topic or is it okay to blog on numerous topics? A related question is: If you have more than one interest, should you have multiple blogs or should […]

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What If You Struggle With Parts of the Bible?

Apologetics and Theology

I love the Bible and have spent much of the last two decades studying it both inside and outside of school. I teach it and I preach it. But there are parts, especially in the […]

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Should People With Mental Illness Be In Church Leadership?

Leadership and Ministry

Dale Partridge has recently given his opinion about people with mental illness in leadership in the wake of the suicide of Jarrid Wilson. It is not accepting or tolerant or understanding or compassionate to hire […]

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Why I’m Glad That I Changed My Day Off

Leadership and Ministry

Some pastors don’t believe in a day off. “The devil doesn’t take a day off and neither should we.” Except maybe the devil isn’t the best example to follow. For many years I have taken […]

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Good News: My Girl

Personal Reflections

My oldest daughter Abby had her seventeenth birthday. Unfortunately we didn’t see her on her birthday birthday because she lives in a group home. It is not the way we expected things to be. My […]

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Walking Dead: Season 9 – Review

Comic Book Geek

A number of Walking Dead fans have given up on the series. Yes some of the Negan episodes were rough but the series deserves another chance and season nine proves it. In some ways, this […]

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Autism and Faith

Disability and Faith

Someone recently asked me about people with Asperger’s Syndrome and the challenges of Christian faith. Asperger’s is now known simply as autism. I have heard people claim that people with autism struggle with faith. It […]

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How Often Should You Blog?

Blogging and Writing

It is a common question concerning the frequency of blogging. How often should you blog? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? It depends. That’s not to say that there are no objective principles. The frequency of your blogging […]

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How Could a Pastor Commit Suicide?

Leadership and Ministry

We are hearing more and more about pastors committing suicide. How can that be? Aren’t pastors supposed to be extra-spiritual? Shouldn’t they be the last to consider suicide? It is heart-breaking to hear these stories. […]

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Are Microchips the Mark of the Beast?

Apologetics and Theology

For decades I have heard people claim that a time is coming when the government will insert microchips in our hands and this will be the mark of the beast. What is the mark of […]

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Good News: Back in Uniform

Personal Reflections

I recently achieved one of my goals of getting back into military chaplaincy. I actually joined the Lincoln and Welland Regiment in late spring. However, this past Thursday was my first time at the armoury […]

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An Important Lesson For Blogging and Social Media

Blogging and Writing

I have been involved in blogging and social media for a long time. There are many lessons that I have learned but there is one that has stood out. I don’t have to respond to […]

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Why is History Important For Christian Apologists?

Apologetics and Theology

Many of the Christian apologists that I talk to focus much of their thought on philosophy. Some of them almost equate philosophy and apologetics. I would like to suggest that Christian apologists need to focus […]

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The Challenge of Having a Nonverbal Child

Disability and Faith

Our two children with autism are considered nonverbal. That doesn’t mean they have no words, just that they do not typically communicate with verbal speech. Most times we can deal with it. They have no […]

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Is God’s Love Reckless?

Leadership and Ministry

I have heard some people critical of the song from Bethel Music titled Reckless Love. The problem they claim is that God’s love is not reckless. The definition of ‘Reckless’ from dictionary.com is: utterly unconcerned about […]

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Monty and Rommel – Review

Second World War

Two of the most known and respect generals of the Second World War are Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel. They may have been on opposite sides of the war but they had a fair bit […]

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Good News: A Promising Start

Personal Reflections

I recently posted an update of what is happening with my Doctor of Ministry thesis. This past week I was heavy into research, especially digging into journal articles. My Good News is I feel really […]

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The Skeptical Argument That Bugs Me The Most

Apologetics and Theology

I don’t know how many times I have heard a skeptic say to me, “How can you trust the Bible when it has been translated so many times. What they are claiming is that the […]

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Age of Tanks – Review

Second World War

I watched the four episode series, Age of Tanks, on Netflix. Although it doesn’t focus specifically on the Second World War, it has one episode dedicated to it. The first episode was on the introduction […]

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What Not to Do and What to Do When Someone Doubts

Apologetics and Theology

We have been hearing a lot about people struggling with doubt and even walking away from the faith. I remember as a youth pastor having one of the youth, who had seemed strong in his […]

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So What’s Happening With My Thesis?

Personal Reflections

I have been in the Doctor of Ministry program at Acadia Divinity College for some time. Some people have asked is happening with my research and thesis. My original thesis was on faith questions of […]

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Worship and Music Are Not the Same Thing

Leadership and Ministry

I once applied for a youth pastor position and was horrified to see that the role included “worship leading.” My fear was because I have no ability in singing or instruments. I equated worship with […]

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Good News: Pastor Amanda

Personal Reflections

Yesterday was the last day of my vacation. Most pastors don’t attend their own church when on vacation but I did. That was because we had a great preacher. That preacher was Amanda Bedard. Amanda […]

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Chronic Pain and Invisible Disabilities

Disability and Faith

When people think about disabilities, probably they think of someone with Down Syndrome or a person in a wheelchair. But there are disabilities that are invisible. There are number of these invisible disabilities and one […]

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Cinema Strangiato and Why I Love Rush

Personal Reflections

The first music that I really got into was Rush. The album was Fly By Night and my cousin brought it over for New Year’s Eve. We listened to it over and over. I have […]

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Is Swearing a Sin?

Apologetics and Theology

Are Christians allowed to swear? Is swearing a sin? I have been thinking about this for some time. I remember picking up Bono on Bono : Conversations With Michka Assayas at a Christian bookstore. In it, […]

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Tolkien – Review

C.S. Lewis and Friends

I had really been looking forward to the Tolkien movie. J.R.R. Tolkien is one of my favourite authors. Tolkien has a great story to be told, with his brilliant mind and military experience that shaped […]

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Good News: A Great Day at Church

Personal Reflections

I love my church. Queen Street Baptist Church is a great church community. I’m so thankful that I get to pastor with them. Yesterday, was a particularly good day. There was something about the worship […]

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Power of Proximity – Review

Leadership and Ministry

I have seen an encouraging increase in church’s dedication to helping the poor. Even evangelical churches are mostly beyond concerns of poverty relief as part of “the liberal agenda.” The teachings of Jesus on helping […]

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What Should You Do If You Begin to Doubt?

Apologetics and Theology

There have been a number of recent stories about high profile Christians either announcing they have left the faith or that their faith is shaky. However, there are plenty of people that we have never […]

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Disability in the Hebrew Bible – Review

Disability and Faith

Two of the biggest interests for me are the Bible and disabilities. When those two things come together, II am happy. That’s why I enjoyed Disability in the Hebrew Bible. Things can get complicated when […]

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Thoughts on Family Ministry

Leadership and Ministry

I recently had the opportunity to teach a course on Family Ministry at Tyndale University College. It was a great opportunity for me to reflect on what family ministry looks like today. Many churches do […]

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C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien & Owen Barfield

C.S. Lewis and Friends

When people think of the Inklings, they often think of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. But there were other members of the group, including Owen Barfield. How important is Barfield? Many often think of Tolkien’s […]

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Good News: Our Guitarist

Personal Reflections

Our son Justus just got back from a week at our local Baptist camp. One of the highlights for him was learning some worship songs on the guitar from one of the leaders. Justus came […]

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Stranger Things: Season Three – Review

Comic Book Geek

I love the Stranger Things series. This is for two reasons. One is that it takes place in the era I was growing up. I was the same age as the older teens in the […]

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What is the Difference Between Pastoral Counselling and Pastoral Care?

Leadership and Ministry

One of the roles of pastors is to be there for people in their congregation when they are going through a hard time. This may be called pastoral counselling or pastoral care. Except, those are […]

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Titans: Season Two – First Look

Comic Book Geek

I really enjoyed the first season of the Titans TV series. It is pretty violent and as far away from Teen Titans Go and you can get. We can now get a glimpse of the […]

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Apologetics With Authenticity

Apologetics and Theology

Each generation is different and we need to be prepared to communicate with them on their terms. One of the values that have been identified is authenticity. This doesn’t mean that there is no longer […]

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Becoming Friends of Time – Review

Disability and Faith

Advocating for people with disabilities is very important to me. However, I have caught myself getting impatient with people with disabilities, whether physical or developmental. While I am aware things can take longer, I have […]

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Good News: Thankful For Cadets

Personal Reflections

Justus just got back from two weeks of camp with army cadets. He joined cadets last September and we weren’t sure how he would do with it. He likes his freedom and we wondered how […]

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Don’t Make This Mistake With Your Website

Blogging and Writing

There is a website that I have visited a number of times. I won’t tell you which one, but it has content that I’m interested in. I don’t like visiting that website. Why? Each piece […]

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A Surprising Discovery

Leadership and Ministry

I have been teaching at Christian schools on the undergraduate level since 2010 (you can find my CV here). Most of the courses I have taught have been in the area of New Testament, although […]

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4 Things That the Jehovah’s Witnesses Get Wrong About Jesus

Apologetics and Theology

I have been interested in the Jehovah’s Witnesses for a long time. They have a lot of unique beliefs. But as I argue in my book, The Watchtower and the Word, we should focus our […]

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What Are the New Steeples?

Leadership and Ministry

The past week I have visited the community that I grew up in. There are no high rises in this area of town. In fact the highest features are church steeples. Both times I was […]

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Good News: Praise in the Park

Personal Reflections

My Good News for this week is about the outdoor service Queen Street Baptist Church had yesterday. We do this Praise in the Park every year at Montebello Park. While we have a beautiful church […]

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Flash: Season 5 – Review

Comic Book Geek

The fifth season of the Flash had more of a theme than the previous seasons. They all have a main bad guy that they are fighting for the whole season, but there was more to […]

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The Church is Not a Building But Take Care of That Building

Leadership and Ministry

Growing up, I thought the church was the building. The church was a place that people went to. It was only as I grew in my faith that I understood that the people are the […]

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Generous Spaciousness – Review

Apologetics and Theology

I believe that the most radical change I have seen in the past decade has been around attitudes toward homosexuality, both in society and the church. It was not long ago that being gay was […]

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Spider-Man: Far From Home – Review

Comic Book Geek

Peter Parker just wants to enjoy his class trip to Europe. But when your alter ego is Spider-Man, you know that is not going to happen. Far From Home continues the fun but thoughtful Spider-Man […]

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Good News: Dinner With Friends

Personal Reflections

Amanda and I don’t get enough time to spend with friends. But yesterday we had the chance to hang out with Deane and Annette Proctor. Deane was our pastor when we attended Queensway Baptist Church. […]

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Reasons Why Family Ministry is More Complicated

Leadership and Ministry

Some people define family ministry as ministry aimed specifically at children or youth. I prefer a wider definition, one that includes the entire family. I have been reflecting on family ministry and how things have […]

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The Church of Us vs Them – Review

Leadership and Ministry

One of the problems with the church, whether the global church, within a denomination or even within a local church, is the conflict that has resulted in an us vs them mentality. The issues change […]

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How Should Churches Look at Past Ministry?

Leadership and Ministry

I have had people in my congregation make comments like, “This ministry was done thirty years ago and worked, filling the church, we should go back and do that.” The problem with that thinking is […]

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Miracles – Review

Apologetics and Theology

One of the books that I had been looking forward to reading was Miracles by Craig Keener. My hesitance was that it was a two volume hardback and thought it would take a long time […]

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Jessica Jones: Season Three – Review

Comic Book Geek

With the third season of Jessica Jones, the Marvel Netflix chapter comes to an end. How was this final season of these Netflix originals? I have to say that I have found Jessica Jones to […]

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Thoughts on Reading Barth’s Church Dogmatics

Apologetics and Theology

I did it. I finally did it. I read the entire Church Dogmatics by Karl Barth. What’s the big deal? This is no simple systematic theology. It is the size of an encyclopedia set. And […]

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Shazam! – Review

Comic Book Geek

Regrettably, I didn’t see Shazam! in the theatres, although it was not because of lack of interest on my part. It just didn’t work out. Thankfully I was finally able to see the movie. Shazam […]

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Good News: Visiting My Church

Personal Reflections

I just finished two weeks of vacation. I ended in a surprising way, by visiting my own church. Most pastors don’t attend their own church when on vacation. But I wanted to this week (I […]

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Disabilities and Healing

Disability and Faith

One of my favourite podcasts is Unbelievable? hosted by Justin Brierley. Usually they scratch my apologetics itch, but recently they touched on another special interest of mine: Disabilities. One of the questions dealt with was […]

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U-Boats Against Canada – Review

Second World War

As a Canadian and someone interested in the Second World War, I was naturally drawn to U-Boats Against Canada by Michael L. Hadley. I am somewhat familiar with the Battle of the Atlantic and the […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Why Bother?

Apologetics and Theology

I have been doing a series on Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses. But it is a fair question to ask why I would bother. Growing up, my dad would make us pretend that we weren’t home […]

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The Liberation of Bergen op Zoom

Second World War

I have recently joined the Lincoln and Welland Regiment as a chaplain. This regiment has a long history, one that includes some important battles in the Second World War. One that we are most identified […]

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Glass – Review

Comic Book Geek

I was a big fan my M. Night Shyamalan’s previous movies of Unbreakable and Split. So I was looking forward to seeing the final instalment of the trilogy, Glass. While named Glass, it really was […]

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Good News: Amanda is Back!

Personal Reflections

My weekly Good News post is that Amanda is back from Lebanon. She just spent two weeks in Lebanon as part of a course she took in partnership with Canadian Baptist Ministries. She had an […]

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Why is C.S. Lewis Still Popular Today?

C.S. Lewis and Friends

I recently went through our church library and got rid of most of the books. The reason was that the vast majority were terribly outdated. And yet I kept all of the C.S, Lewis books, […]

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How Can Pastors Get Involved In the Community?

Leadership and Ministry

I love my church and spending time with the people in my congregation. They are great people and there is plenty of time I can spend with them. However, I also have a conviction that […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you might find interesting. Origins of a Dictum – David Klinghoffer An Itsy Bitsy Spider Inspires Cosmic Musings – Ian McKerracher What is the Relationship Between Science and Christian Theology? – […]

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Doom Patrol: Season One – Review

Comic Book Geek

One of the lesser known superhero teams in the DC Universe is the Doom Patrol. Marvel’s X-Men is actually a copy of the Doom Patrol, a team of misfits led by a genius in a […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Six

Apologetics and Theology

I had another conversation with some Jehovah’s Witnesses, once again concerning the kingdom of God. I do consider the kingdom of God to be an essential topic (unlike attitudes toward birthdays or the shape of […]

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Good News: On Vacation!

Personal Reflections

As of this afternoon, I am officially on vacation for two weeks! I am excited about a couple of weeks off. The best part is that I am looking forward to this is not because […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. The Type of Leader God Uses, Part 2 – Rick Warren The 4 Commissions from Jesus – Philip Nation The Importance Of Investing In People […]

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Jordan Peterson and the Jesus Myth

Apologetics and Theology

I am currently reading Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules For Life. It is written as a self-help book, and it is fine within those limits. But some of his religious interpretation are a stretch. One is […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts you might find interesting. So The Next Generation Will Know Review – Mark Goodnight A Response to Ben Bavar on Act and Potency, Part 1 – Harrison Jennings The Council […]

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Star Wars Trilogy – Review

Comic Book Geek

Probably the most defining mythology of my childhood were the Star Wars movies. By the movies, I mean Episodes IV-VI. I memorized the lines, played with the toys and revisited the stories over and over. […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Five

Apologetics and Theology

I once more had a conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness (and a new partner) focused largely (but not completely) on the kingdom of God. After numerous conversations on the kingdom of God, it is clear […]

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Good News: I Have an Amazing Wife!

Personal Reflections

Today is Amanda’s birthday (I won’t tell you which one). The bad news is that I didn’t get to see her. The good news is that is because she is studying in Lebanon for the […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. Stop Walking Around Like a Sack of Stink – Dan Rockwell Five Ways to Identify Potential in People – Steven Ackley 3 Ways to Prevent […]

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North African Campaign 1940

Second World War

One of the most interesting campaigns (to me at least) of the Second World War is North Africa. For a long time, that was the only place where the British and Americans fought the Germans. […]

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Should Parents Call Themselves Autism Moms and Dads?

Disability and Faith

I have recently come across comments by people on the Autism Spectrum Disorder who find the labels “autism mom” and “autism dad” offensive. This rather surprised me. The idea is that autism belongs to the […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. What Every Apologist Needs to Know About 1 Peter 3:15 – Mikel Del Rosario Assessing Aquinas – Isaac Pain Concepts Create Idols – Nate Sala […]

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Disability and the Way of Jesus – Review

Disability and Faith

Two of the biggest interests in my life are biblical studies and disability theology. Disability and the Way of Jesus by Bethany McKinney Fox satisfied both those needs. This is a very important book for developing […]

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