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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Is Canada Arresting Christian Pastors and Banning Public Preaching?

Apologetics and Theology

My newsfeed has included a lot of posts about the recent arrest of David Lynn, a Christian evangelist. He had been preaching on the streets of a largely gay neighbourhood in Toronto during Pride Month. […]

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Good News: Feeling Content

Personal Reflections

My Good News for this week is that I am simply happy with where I am at in life. Professionally, I have achieved my goals. I’m happy with how things are going at Queen Street […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. 7 Good Reasons Why I’ve Stayed In Ministry for 37 Years – Dan Reiland My First Days As a Pastor – Darryl Dash Nicodemus and […]

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How Scotiabank Taught Me About Leadership

Leadership and Ministry

Scotiabank, the bank we use, recently updated their mobile app. Not surprisingly, there were some glitches. I went on Twitter and found it was not just me but plenty of people were complaining about the […]

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D-Day and the Kingdom of God

Apologetics and Theology

As I write this, it is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. I have great interest in this as a student of military history. But this is not my Second World War […]

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SWWP 11 – And So It Begins

Second World War

The beginning of the Second World War is generally understood as being at the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany in September, 1939. Hitler created an excuse for invading and unleashed his forces on an […]

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The Sounds of Autism

Disability and Faith

I recently mentioned that we had a great service at our church this past Sunday. One of the things that made it a good service was a family that was visiting. This family happened to […]

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Surviving D-Day

Second World War

Perhaps one of the most epic battles in any war was that of D-Day. Technically d-day means that day of any particular event but June 6, 1944 was so important that we know what is […]

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Good News: Queen Street Baptist Church Anniversary

Personal Reflections

My Good News for this week is the amazing service we had at Queen Street Baptist Church. At our church, we celebrate our anniversary every year. This year it was our 186th anniversary. Our anniversary […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts to check out. 5 Brain-Savvy Tips that Improve Team Creativity – Charles Stone Your Most Important Message – Gary Hoag 10 Things to Do When Your Christian Life Has Become […]

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Is Ontario Considering Legislation Criminalizing Public Displays of Faith?

Apologetics and Theology

I recently came across an article titled Ontario Considers Legislation Criminalizing Public Displays of Faith for Christians by “Activist Mommy.” As a resident of Ontario and as a Christian pastor, this got my attention. I would […]

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Animated Explanation of Autism

Disability and Faith

There has been much work done on autism awareness but there is still a long way to go. This is a great little video on autism. I love how it doesn’t present autism as something […]

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What Kind of Blog Post Titles Get Read Most?

Blogging and Writing

I have been blogging a long time. I have noticed that some of my most popular blog posts have something in common. And this is their titles are in the form of a question. As […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to take a look at. Who Created God? – Chad Gross Thinking practically about the gospel with an illustration from a war movie – Wintery Knight Book Review: […]

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Swamp Thing – Trailer

Comic Book Geek

I have really been enjoying the new DC TV series such as Titans and Doom Patrol. It looks like Swamp Thing will continue the tradition of quality. Swamp Thing was once of the most popular […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Four

Apologetics and Theology

It has been quite a few weeks, but I finally had another opportunity to visit with a pair of Jehovah’s witnesses again. Once again, our conversation revolved around the nature of the kingdom of God. […]

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Good News: The Lincoln and Welland Regiment

Personal Reflections

One of the goals that I have had is to get back into the army reserves, specifically the Lincoln and Welland Regiment. I loved my experience as a chaplain with the Lorne Scots Regiment and […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. How to be a Kingdom Seeker and Not An Empire Builder – Steve Brown Ten Common Pastoral Care Challenges Pastors Face – Thom Rainer 3 […]

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Did Disabilities Win the Game of Thrones?

Disability and Faith

I found the final episode of Game of Thrones interesting on a number of levels. One of those was the way disabilities were portrayed, not just throughout the series, but in the conclusion. NOTE: SPOILERS […]

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Star Trek: Picard – Trailer

Comic Book Geek

I loved watching Star Trek: The Next Generation when it first aired. I recently rewatched the series and loved it again. Picard was an incredible captain, arguably better than Kir. But that was then. This […]

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Growing Young – Review

Leadership and Ministry

Most churches feel like they are growing old. But what if we could grow young? That is the topic of Growing Young by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin. They are all involved in […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Coming to Terms with the Problem of Evil – Randal Rauser A Look at William Lane Craig’s Comment: “The Ultimate Apologetic is Your Life” – […]

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A Picture of What Ministry Can Look Like

Leadership and Ministry

At Queen Street Baptist Church we have been running a ministry on Saturday nights for our downtown community. My wife Amanda gives leadership to both the worship service and the meal that takes place there, […]

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Game of Thrones: Season 8 – Review

Comic Book Geek

This is NOT at spoiler-free review of the final season of Game of Thrones. If you intend to watch Game of Thrones and have not watched all the episodes, STOP READING THIS POST. The long-awaited […]

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Good News: Outreach Director

Personal Reflections

In January 2019, Amanda came on as the interim Outreach Director at Queen Street Baptist Church. This was an interim position as we needed someone immediately to take over from the previous person. There were […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. Building Purpose Driven Churches the Jesus Way – Tom Holladay Clarity and then Cleverness – Philip Nation 7 Contradictory Cultural Trends – And 7 Ways […]

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The Family – Review

Leadership and Ministry

I have been doing some research on Family Ministry and came across The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home by Jack and Judith Balswick. This book covers so many topics concerning families, including […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Let Your Kids Ask ANY Question They Have – Travis Dickinson Is religious experience just brain activity? – Sharon Dirckx Competitive Endogenous RNA Hypothesis Supports […]

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Atheists and the Jesus Myth

Apologetics and Theology

A recent Twitter poll by philosopher Stephen Law asked atheists about their belief in the existence of God. The results were interesting. Atheists only: do you believe Jesus was real, that Jesus is a myth, […]

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The Birth of the Nazis – Review

Second World War

How did we get from World War One to World War Two? Most people have a vague understanding of the rise of Adolf Hitler. Germany was suffering economically and emotionally from their defeat in the […]

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Good News: Mama Bear

Personal Reflections

When I think of Amanda as a mother, I think of the phrase “Mama Bear.” I think Amanda identifies with this as well, as she has a sweatshirt with that. She is a Mama Bear […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. How to Respond to Stupid Suggestions – Dan Rockwell Four Ways Language Sustains Your Culture – Steven Ackley How to Have an Insignificant Ministry – […]

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What I Wish Pro-Choice People Understood

Apologetics and Theology

Today I heard the criticisms of a pro-choice politician against a pro-life politician. The one politician had spoken at a pro-life rally and the other accused of him of being “anti-women and anti-choice.” The goal […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Progress in Defining “Being Alive” – Wesley J. Smith Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 8 – Mark McGee Friedrich Max Müller […]

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Spider-Man: Far From Home – Trailer

Comic Book Geek

I am enjoying the Tom Holland version of Spider-Man of all the big screen Peter Parkers, and not just because he is integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although, his inclusion into the MCU is […]

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Remembering Jean Vanier

Disability and Faith

One of the Christians that I have tremendous respect for is Jean Vanier. I was sad to hear of his death. Even at 90, he had so much to teach us. The L’Arche website describes […]

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Good News: The Last Step

Personal Reflections

A number of years ago, I released from the Canadian Armed Forces reserves in which I had served as a chaplain. I released not because I didn’t like it but because of my health. I […]

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Different Kinds of Atheists

Apologetics and Theology

You meet a person who identifies as an atheist. But what does that mean? Obviously it means they don’t believe in God. But it is actually much more complicated than that. How do I know? […]

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What Theological Education Should a Pastor Get?

Leadership and Ministry

I would like to say as much as possible but it really depends. The more the better but life circumstances can limit how much formal education some can get. The first question to ask is […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Do Christian Parents Have to be Perfect? – Michael Kruger Biblical Archaeology with Dr. Ted Wright – Misty Callahan How Can We Instill a Faith […]

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Is It Time to Start Blogging?

Blogging and Writing

Have you ever considered starting a blog? You don’t have to be the perfect writer or technology expert to start blogging. Here are some questions to ask: Is there a topic that you are passionate […]

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Avengers: Endgame – Review

Comic Book Geek

I believe that Avengers: Endgame is one of the most anticipated movies in recent years. In some ways it is the conclusion to a long series of Marvel movies. It also is the conclusion to […]

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Restless Faith – Review

Apologetics and Theology

I continue to hold onto the label ‘evangelical’ even though I know there is a lot of baggage that is accompanied with that. I consider myself to be a moderate, which can be lonely. I’m […]

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Good News: Faith Matters

Personal Reflections

Back when I was pastoring in Meaford, I was in the rotation to write a faith column for our local newspaper. It was something I really enjoyed doing. Recently, one of the local church leaders […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. Criticism: How to Handle Your Critics Like a Pro – Carey Nieuwhof 5 Really Tough Decisions Pastors Make – Dan Reiland 3 Practical Challenges of […]

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Fear the Walking Dead: Season Four – Review

Comic Book Geek

I have been enjoying Fear the Walking Dead since the beginning. While I think the original series is great, Fear has had a fresher feel. A smaller cast has allowed us to invest more in […]

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A Theology of the New Testament – Review

Apologetics and Theology

I recently read George Eldon Ladd’s A Theology of the New Testament. This book has been on my shelf for quite a while but I was looking forward to reading it. I was not disappointed. […]

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5 Reasons I’m Glad I Quit Pastoral Ministry

Leadership and Ministry

No this is not an announcement that I’m quitting ministry or resigning from my church. This is a reflection about a decision I made just over six years ago. I resigned from the churches I […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Book Review: So The Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World by Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace – Alisa […]

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Star Trek Discovery: Season Two – Review

Comic Book Geek

I have been a Star Trek fan for many years. I can honestly say that Discovery is one of my favourite series in the franchise. One of the criticisms I have heard is that Discovery […]

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The Influence Behind C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis and Friends

One of the podcasts I listen to regularly is 5 Minutes in Church History. It is a nice quick introduction to different topics related to Christian history. A recent episode looked at C.S. Lewis, more […]

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Good News: Jesus is Alive

Personal Reflections

The purpose of my personal blog is to talk about things such as my family, my health and my regular experiences. I usually talk about matters of faith elsewhere. However, my faith is an extremely […]

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Where Was Jesus Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday?

Apologetics and Theology

Christians focus on the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday: the death and resurrection of Jesus. But where was Jesus between those two events? The easy answer is the grave. However, when people ask […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. How productivity helps you pray – Matt Perman Real Hope for Real Life – Bill Finch 5 Smarter Ways To Embrace Infrequent Church Attenders – […]

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Did God Abandon Jesus on the Cross?

Apologetics and Theology

One of the most powerful moments in the passion narrative is when Jesus on the cross calls out to his Father. Matthew records it this way: About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Hail Scientism! (But only when it’s convenient…) – Steve Schramm Apologetics and the Indoctrinated American Atheist – Randal Rauser A Hypothetical Discussion Between a Skeptic […]

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The Cross and Cosmic Child Abuse

Apologetics and Theology

The cross (along with the resurrection) is the central theme of Christianity. There is a reason that Christians use a cross as our symbol. But is the cross a good or bad thing? Some skeptics […]

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POWER Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

One of the things that I enjoy writing about is the practical application of apologetics. Knowing specific arguments is not effective if we don’t have a healthy model for apologetics. Thinking about apologetics, I came […]

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Good News: Some Kid Time

Personal Reflections

One of the challenges of having two of our children live 1.5 hours away is that we don’t get to see them near as often as we would like. Saturdays have generally been our day […]

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Trailer

Comic Book Geek

Star Wars has been a part of most of my life. Some movies have been better than others but Episode IX looks very good.

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Reflections on a Recent Funeral

Disability and Faith

I recently did a funeral for a member of our church named Dianne. I didn’t know Dianne well, as her health didn’t allow her to attend much since I became the pastor. I did know […]

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Another Teenager

Personal Reflections

Today another teenager was added to the family. Justus is now thirteen years old and enters a new chapter of his life. It seems like only yesterday that we brought this tint baby home from […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundip

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should check out. The women of the Bible have so much to teach us – why aren’t we listening? – Danielle Welch Life Requires Galactic and Supergalactic Habitable Zones […]

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5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them – Review

Leadership and Ministry

Pastoral ministry is one of the most rewarding careers and yet it has its share of difficulties. As long as we allow people in churches, pastoral ministry will be messy. However, if we are not […]

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The Day is Here!

Personal Reflections

I can’t believe that the day has finally come. My oldest son, Logan, is now an adult! I kind of feel old having an adult son. It’s hitting me more than when I turned fifty. […]

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Good News: Family Fun

Personal Reflections

We had an enjoyable couple of days visiting with family. As an only child, my only opportunity to be an uncle is on Amanda’s side and thankfully there are nephews for me to play with. […]

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