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The Hitler Bomb Plot

In the July of 1944, there was an assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. A bomb was meant to kill Hitler, but by an amazing twist of events, Hitler survived the blast. This was the...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. When Your Dad Isn’t Perfect (and No Earthly Father Is) – Joe McKeever Why Humility Delivers More Results Than Arrogance – Dan Rockwell Four...

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Inspiration Porn

This past week, I was at the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability. There was so much that I learned but one of the terms I came across for the first time was “inspiration...

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C.S. Lewis’ Most Controversial Beliefs

Without a doubt. C.S. Lewis is my favourite Christian author. Although he is popular among evangelicals, some of his beliefs are not without controversy. Few figures loom larger over the past century of Christianity...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. 9 Mistakes Leaders Make – Chuck Lawless The Very Personal Power of the Holy Spirit – Daniel Henderson Routines, Busyness, and Change – Thom...

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Surviving D-Day

Five years into World War II, the future of Europe hangs in the balance, as 34,000 US soldiers embark on a mission to launch the biggest attack ever from sea. This fascinating documentary, interviews...

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This is What Autism Looks Like

It is important for me to share information about autism. It is vital that our society grow in autism awareness. But is autism is more than a diagnosis, it is about people. Autism never...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. How To Minister In The Midst of Hardship – Jennifer Winge If you knew… – Bill Finch 3 False Sources of Confidence in Ministry...

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Operation Barbarossa

An Old BBC Documentary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union on June 22nd 1941. This documentary shows the events and implementation that lead up to the greatest land battle in world history...

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Saint Chesterton?

As an investigation into the life of Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton nears a close, admirers of the English writer voiced hope that his sainthood cause could soon be opened. “Chesterton stands up as that...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts you should check out. Lydia McGrew on Credentials and New Testament Scholarship – Rob Bowman Is There a First-Century Fragment of Mark’s Gospel? Apparently Not – Michael Kruger A...

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Making Plans With Autism

A few weeks ago, we were staying at a hotel with our three youngest children. One of the reasons we went to the hotel is that it had a pool. Since the hotel was...

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Good News: 185th Anniversary!

No that is not our wedding anniversary. Today we celebrated the 185th anniversary of Queen Street Baptist Church. We had a fantastic worship service, with guest speaker Dr. Gary Nelson, of Tyndale University College...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. 4 Steps To Start Moving From Teaching A Crowd To Equipping The Saints – Karl Vaters Let’s Not Complicate Leadership – Ron Edmondson What...

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Pastors and Counselling

I have heard a number of pastors talk about how much time they spend doing counselling and it is significant. Do you want to know how much counselling I do? None. The reason for...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. Things I Learned from Buying and Selling a Cool Car – Marty Duren How Did We End Up with So Many Meetings? – Rishawn...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should check out. Why Using Word “Complexity” Needs Greater Clarification – Eric Chabot Are Today’s Teenagers The Least Christian Generation Ever? – Jonathan Morrow Christians, We Know...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts that you should check out. One-on-One with Matt Perman on ‘How to Get Unstuck’ – Ed Stetzer The 1 Thing Pastors Do That Puts Congregations to Sleep – Joe...

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Churches and Mother’s Day

How should churches respond to Mother’s Day in terms of the worship service? Some churches have a specific Mother’s Day sermon each year. Some give gifts to all the moms and really design the...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts that you should check out. Resolving Conflict: 5 ways to prepare your heart – Charles Stone Why Your Church Members Don’t Pray Much – Chuck Lawless The Strange Burden...

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Positively Powerless: An Interview With L.L. Martin

There is power in positive thinking. Or is there? Is the positive thinking movement harmless or are there some connections to some dangerous ideas? In this episode, I interview L.L. Martin about her new...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Street Epistemology: Basic Tactics, Part One – Mark McGee Do You Love Wisdom? 5 Sources For Proper Thinking, Philosophy And Logic – Daniel Currier Defending...

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Life Together

I have enjoyed the writing of Dietrich Bonhoeffer for some time. I have read his Cost of Discipleship and Ethics. Now I have finally had a chance to read his Life Together. It is...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts that I came across this week. Can You Explain the Gospel in 3 Words? – Russell Moore A Six-Part Checklist for Churches: How to Select Mission Partners – Sam...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should check out. Why GQ Is Wong. The Bible is a Must-Read – Sean McDowell Was Gnosticism Tolerant and Inclusive? Debunking Some Myths about “Alternative” Christianities –...

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Good News: Proud of Amanda

This past week, Amanda finished her first year at Brock University. It has not been without challenges. Not only did our son break his leg, Amanda also had surgery. She had a lot going...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts that I came across this week. Go and check them out. Overcoming Scarcity Thinking in Post-Christian Mission (A Lesson from Gandalf) – Mandy Smith How to Experience a Breakthrough...

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An Interview With Ron Sandison on Autism

In this episode of the podcast, I talk to Ron Sandison about the topic of autism. Ron not only has autism himself, he also is an autism advocate. You can find out more about...

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C. S. Lewis and the Great War

Like his friend J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis fought in the First World War. Joseph Loconte has written an article on this for the National Review. In the spring of 1918, Germany and the Central...

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Good News: Not a Typical Sunday

My Sundays usually follow a regular pattern. The morning is spent at church, likely followed by a nap and then an evening swimming with the kids. The only thing hat happened today was the...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts that are worth checking out. 20 Truths from Leading Major Change in Your Ministry – Ed Stetzer Five Principles of Encouragement From a Seven Sentence Email – Dan Rockwell...

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An Autism Challenge

Our society has come a long way when it comes to autism awareness. People know more about autism than ever before. But how well do they know people with autism? As a part of...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. Go and take a look. Preaching with Notes: Yes or No? – Chuck Lawless 10 Real Reasons Pastors Quit Too Soon – Tim Peters...

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Resurrecting Religion – Review

“Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship.” How many times have you seen this statement? You may have said it yourself. The problem is that when we look at traditional definitions of...

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Good News: I Love Easter

My Good News is that Easter is one of my favourite days. This is on a number of levels. The first is about my faith. I understand that not everyone who reads my personal...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. How Will You Lead at the Next Level? – Tony Morgan 10 Things To Consider As Your Church Grows – Vanderbloemen Search Group Unparalleled Love...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Cambrian Explosion Shrapnel Still Hitting Evolutionary Scenarios – Discovery Institute Five Tools To Help Discern Truth From Deception – Daniel Currier Jesus says you...

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Good News: Loving Our Church

A number of years ago, I though it would be neat if I could pastor at Queen Street Baptist Church. My original thinking was that it made sense since St Catharines is my home...

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Battle of Stalingrad

The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943)was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts that you should go check out. How to make Guests Feel Uncomfortable at your Church – Paul Alexander Does Attracting A Crowd Make Discipleship Harder? – Karl Vaters 4...

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D-Day: Juno Beach

Everyone knows that the United States and Great Britain invaded France at Normandy on D-Day. What people are less familiar with is that Canada also had it’s own beach. It could be argued that...

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Peace in Our Time?

Neville Chamberlain, Prime Minister of Britain, truly desired peace for Europe. He believed that Adolf Hitler could be negotiated and that Hitler’s stated intentions were sincere. The situation was Germany’s plan to send troops...

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