Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts that I came across this week. 21 Ways to Keep a Church from Growing – Ron Edmondson Shazam and the Power of Word – Russell Moore Ten Reasons the Formerly […]

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Joker – Official Trailer

Comic Book Geek

I actually liked the version of the Joker in Suicide Squad. But DC is doing a movie focused on the Joker, unrelated to anything that has gone on before. Joaquin Phoenix is bringing his unique style […]

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Historical Footage of General George Patton

Second World War

One of the most colourful figures of the Second World War was General George S. Patton. Here is some historical footage of Patton talking about the accomplishments of the Third Army.

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that are worth checking out. Christianity’s Core Belief – Part 4 – Mark McGee The Waiting Time Problem Makes Darwinism Bunk, Here’s Why – Daniel Currier What is the ‘Language […]

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Should You Wear Blue on World Autism Awareness Day?

Disability and Faith

Many people, especially those with friends or family with autism, wear blue on World Autism Awareness Day (April 2). It is a way to raise awareness and show support to those with autism. But did […]

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Good News: Amanda’s First Placement

Personal Reflections

This morning at Queen Street Baptist Church, Amanda completed her first placement for field education for her studies at McMaster Divinity College. We didn’t do anything to acknowledge it as Amanda is still our interim […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. 5 Ways to Lead When You’re Not in Charge – Maina Mwaura Mothers are Drowning in Stress—Here are 6 Ways Your Church Can Help – Tara Beth […]

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What’s the Difference Between the Bible and Lord of the Rings?

Apologetics and Theology

The two books that I have read and reread the most are the Bible and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Recently, a skeptic asked me why we should read the Bible any differently than […]

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Including People With Disabilities in Faith Communities – Review

Disability and Faith

One of the most important issues for me is to make sure that people with disabilities are welcomed into our churches. One person who has done a lot of work in this area is Erik […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. What Does God Need With a Starship? – Mark Goodnight Book Plunge: Religious Epistemology – Nick Peters When Indifference to Sin is Sin – Doug […]

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A Helpful Exercise For My Preaching

Leadership and Ministry

While pastoring is more than preaching, developing my preaching skills is high on my priorities. There is one thing I do that I find is very helpful in this area. I always write out a […]

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What Churches Need to Know About People With Disabilities

Disability and Faith

Yesterday, we had a town hall meeting at our church. This was to look at, among other things, ways we do outreach and ways we welcome. Numerous topics came up and one of them was […]

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Good News: Town Hall Meeting at Church

Personal Reflections

Most people don’t get excited about meetings but we had an amazing meeting at church. It was not a business meeting but a town hall meeting. This was Amanda’s idea and she did most of […]

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Review

Comic Book Geek

To be honest, I didn’t really feel the draw when I saw the trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I’m enjoying the current Tom Holland live-action Spider-Man movies and wasn’t looking for anything different. I […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. Seven Surprising Ways to Prepare Yourself to Share the Gospel – Kevin G. Harney The Danger of Veneered Christianity – Jeff K. Clarke In Church […]

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Science and the Soul

Apologetics and Theology

I was reading Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction and I came across this quote by Susan Blackmore: If each person has a spirit or soul, as well as a brain, then science ought to be […]

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Perspectives on Family Ministry – Review

Leadership and Ministry

I began my pastoral career as a youth pastor. The model we worked with was that you had specific ministries for children, youth, young adults, young families, men, women and seniors. Dividing up according to […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. What Is Modal Realism? – Adrian Urias Don’t Assume Non-Christians are Atheists – Logan Judy How Can I Trust the Gospel Accounts When Some Are […]

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The C.S. Lewis Bible – Review

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Some time ago I was browsing a second-hand store and spotted a copy of The C.S. Lewis Bible. I have devoted my life to studying and teaching the Bible and C.S. Lewis is one of […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Three

Apologetics and Theology

This morning I had my third meeting with some Jehovah’s Witnesses. It has been the same lead person each of the three visits, but a different helper each time. I had mentioned last time that […]

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Good News: Discovering Family

Personal Reflections

I recently signed up for Ancestry and did their DNA test. I have always been interested in my family background and there is much that I don’t know. It is interesting that I am writing […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. Are You Forgetting the People in the Pews While Growing Your Church? – John Bosman Adaptive Decision Making, Change, and Leadership – Part 1 – […]

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What is the Kingdom of God?

Apologetics and Theology

Although the Kingdom of God is not often talked about in churches today, it was the main topic of Jesus’ preaching. I believe that an understanding of the Kingdom is essential for Christians. Some people […]

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Captain Marvel – Review

Comic Book Geek

Marvel finally has released a movie with a female lead. While there are some great female superheroes, they chose to go with Captain Marvel, which seems to have been a good decision. Captain Marvel has […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. What is Substitutionary Atonement? – Jonathan Morrow God Directed or Human Orchestrated? – Bob Eckhard Was Stalin an atheist? Is atheism or communism responsible for […]

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5 Personal Goals

Personal Reflections

I have been thinking a lot about what I would like to see happen in my life in the near future. These are not just wishes but things I really want to happen. Here are […]

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Mere Discipleship – Review

Apologetics and Theology

One of the topics that I’m most interested in is discipleship and one of my favourite contemporary authors is Alister McGrath. So I was pretty happy when I received Alister McGrath’s Mere Discipleship. What did […]

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Good News: A Good Week

Personal Reflections

I originally started doing Good News post as an attempt to focus on one good thing that happened that week (it was originally each day). Often there is one good thing that has stood out. […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership

Here are some leadership posts that I came across this week. The Positive Side of Leading Under Pressure – Brandon Cox 5 Simple Ways to Assess The Effectiveness of Your Leadership – Carey Nieuwhof What […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Two B

Jehovah's Witnesses

The first part of our conversation was about the Tetragrammaton in the New Testament. While there is some rhetorical effect here, it is not an essential goal for my conversation with Jehovah’s Witnesses. That is […]

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Christ on the Psych Ward – Review

Disability and Faith

One of the most important conversations needed in the church is that of mental illness. There are different ways we can do this. It can be by describing the facts of mental illness or telling […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Go and check out these apologetics-related posts. Straight Thinking: St. Augustine on Three Aspects of Creation – Kenneth Samples How to Avoid Despair at Our Crumbling Culture – Sean McDowell An Apologetic for Apologetics with […]

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Leadership as Influence

Leadership

Last Sunday I preached a sermon that some people felt challenged by. Some people even disagreed with me. In this sermon, I suggested that all people who have influence are leaders. Part of this was […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Two A

Jehovah's Witnesses

Today I had my second conversation with a pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses who came to my house. The one change was that the senior witness didn’t bring his assistant but instead brought his wife. At […]

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Good News: Brock Christian Fellowship

Good News

I became a Christian while I was attending Brock University over twenty-five years ago. I soon got involved in Brock Christian Fellowship, a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. I was a part of that group […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership

Here are some leadership posts to check out. Why it may be Good and Time for a Church to Die – Paul Alexander The Biggest Difference Between Churches That Are Raising Young Leaders And Those […]

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix – Trailer

X-Men

The X-Men movies took a stab at this storyline in X-Men: The Last Stand, which ended up being one of the least popular of the series. I have enjoyed the newer X-Men movies and so […]

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Seven Deadly Sins of Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

Part of being good at Christian apologetics simply avoiding some unhealthy practices. Even if you don’t know the answer to every question, you can still be effective by avoiding these seven deadly sins. Being nasty […]

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Preaching to a Diverse Audience

Preaching

I love my church, especially in its diversity. We are have a variety of ethnic groups, ages and people with disabilities. It is something to celebrate but it is also a challenge, especially for preaching. […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Introverted Evangelism – not an oxymoron! – Laura Martin Question of the Week: Can Eternity have a Beginning? – Mentionables How Do We Explain Talking Donkeys […]

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Free Podcast Hosting

Blogging and Writing

I have a number of podcasts and have hosted them in a variety of ways. This has included paid hosting sites. However, I don’t make (much) money from them so it costs me to go […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part One

Jehovah's Witnesses

I have started meeting with some Jehovah’s Witnesses. My plan is to share how our conversations go after each meeting. Today we talked about two topics. Much of our conversation was about the kingdom of […]

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Good News: The Wife is Back!

Good News

This has been a interesting week. Amanda was away for a week for her studies at McMaster Divinity College. That gave me an opportunity to spend time with the kids for the week. Thankfully they […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. Is Your Sacrifice for Jesus Getting in the Way of Your Faithfulness to Jesus? – Michael Kelley Not Everyone Will Like You, And That’s Okay […]

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Going Beyond Personal Convictions

Apologetics and Theology

It is good to have personal convictions. Whether religious or not, we all have certain beliefs or values that we hold tightly to. But what happens when they go beyond personal convictions? I’m speaking from […]

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SWWP 10 – Japan and Italy at the Dawn of the Second World War

Second World War

The Second World War began with the German invasion of Poland in 1939. But before we get to that, what about Japan and Italy? What were they doing as Germany was preparing to invade Poland? […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Mr. Spock’s Lessons in Logical Fallacies – Mark Goodnight Book Plunge: Christian Delusion Chapter 7 – Nick Peters Learning from Anthony Bradley While Reading His Liberating […]

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Crusade in Europe – Review

Crusade in Europe

I find reading accounts of the participants of the Second World War to be very helpful. A while back I read Churchill’s Second World War  and now I have read Dwight Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe. […]

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Rudolf Bultmann and the Jesus Myth

Jesus Myth

Rudolf Bultmann was no friend of evangelicals. In fact during the mid-twentieth century, we would have been seen by many as the enemy. Bultmann believed that the New Testament was filled with myth. The virgin […]

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Good News: I Love My Wife

Good News

As I write this, we are just a couple of days away from Amanda and my nineteenth anniversary. It was a cold February day, just after a snow storm that we pledged ourselves to each […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts you should check out. The Enneagram, Leadership, and Knowing Yourself – Daniel Im 4 Ways to Recognize Team-Members Without “Skin in the Game” – Eric Geiger Emerging Adults and the […]

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Uniquely Human – Review

Disability and Faith

I have read many books on autism but Uniquely Human is one of the best. As I read it, my initial reaction was, “I wish I had read this book when my children were diagnosed!” […]

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Bill Hybels and James MacDonald: Are Megachurches the Problem?

Leadership and Ministry

Ten years ago, if you looked at “celebrity pastors,” many would have considered Bill Hybels and James MacDonald to be as solid as they come. The expectation is that they would both finish well and […]

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Tolkien – Trailer

Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien is my favourite author. I just can’t get enough of what he has written. I’m pleased to see that a movie about his life has been made. The trailer for Tolkien looks quite […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts I recently came across. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century – a critical review – Marcus Paul Is Belief in God Falsifiable? – Zachary Arden How to Avoid Using “Christianese” […]

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Is J.K. Rowling the New J.R.R. Tolkien or C.S. Lewis?

C.S. Lewis and Friends

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been an international phenomenon. Harry Potter is arguably for this generation what Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia were for their generations. But can we say that […]

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When Helping Hurts – Review

When Helping Hurts

I have always been convinced that the church’s role is to help people in need, especially the poor. But what does that look like? Is it as simple as throwing money at a need? That […]

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Good News: On Vacation

Good News

As of right now, I am on vacation. The great things is that it is not a case of me being burned out and desperately needing a break. I am as excited about pastoral ministry […]

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Aquaman – Review

Aquaman

I finally had the opportunity to see the Aquaman movie. I wanted to see it earlier but circumstances didn’t allow it. I was able to see it with the hindsight of knowing that it is […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts that you should check out. Prayer Doesn’t Fix Everything, But It Changes Everything (Yes, There’s a Difference) – Brandon A. Cox 5 Ways to Survive The Mental Game of Leadership […]

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The Jesus Myth and the Appeal to Authority

Apologetics and Theology

Critics of the Jesus Myth Theory often point out that by far the majority of historians and biblical scholars accept the historicity of Jesus. They also state that most Josephus scholars accept the Testamonium Flavianum […]

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What I Learned From a Readers’ Survey

Survey

I recently did a survey concerning my various online activities. Certain things were simply confirmed but there were a few surprises. Here are some of the things that I learned. The people who listen to […]

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Top Five Classic Rock Albums

Classic Rock

I have been into classic rock since I first started listening to music with Rush’s Fly By Night. I soon entered my heavy metal stage, with Iron Maiden and Judas Priest being some of my […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Does the Resurrection entail the deity of Christ? – Steve (Tribalogue) Reasonable Faith Animated Videos: Did Jesus Rise from the Dead? 1- The Facts 2- […]

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The Reality of Welcoming People With Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Disabilities

I am committed to welcoming people with disabilities, both physical and developmental, into the church. But there is a danger that we romanticize what this looks like. Sure I can share some beautiful stories but […]

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Why I Still Learn From Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley

I regularly listen to Andy Stanley’s Leadership Podcast. I do this despite some of the controversy over Stanley and criticisms toward him by many evangelicals. If you look at posts about Andy Stanley on my […]

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Good News: Family Workout

Good News

Working out is something that is important to me, especially as I’m now in my 50s. I have been a part of a gym in the past. The struggle I had was that it took […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. Pulpit Discipleship: Organizing Your Annual Preaching Calendar For Maximum Effectiveness – Jeff Hamilton Advice for the A-Type Leader with a Million Good Ideas – Ron […]

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Letter to an Aspiring Apologist

Apologist

So you want to become an apologist. Good for you. There is more of a need for quality apologetics now than ever before. But the key is quality. The internet is a great means of […]

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Why As a Pastor I Read Military History

Military History

Many pastors read books on leadership, theology and other related subjects. But what about military history? This is an area that I read a lot about, both out of personal interest and professional development. I […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. What Is Science? Define Your Terms – Alan Shlemon God, Teach Me to be Less Indifferent – Steve Schramm Some Christians say the world is […]

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Redefining Perfect – Review

Redefining Perfect

When a couple begins to have children, at least in the back of their mind, they are hoping for the “perfect” family. But what happens when a child is born with or an adult acquires […]

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The Punisher: Season Two – Review

Punisher

I really liked the episodes of Daredevil with the new Punisher. I even liked the first season of the Punisher. But I was disappointed with the second season. I do like Jon Bernthal as the […]

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Good News: A Pastor Who Cares

Good News

Our son Logan has started attending a church in the city where his group home is. I have mentioned this before and we are thankful. I care as a father but I can also see […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. 5 Pastoral Promises We Need to Make – Joel Rainey The 3×3 Goal Achievement Strategy – Michael Hyatt Church, Today We Need Dr. King’s Vision […]

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Why I Am Not Roman Catholic

This is not an attack on Roman Catholics. Baptists have had a reputation for being anti-Catholic but that is not where I’m coming from. I have friends and family who are Roman Catholic and never […]

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The Paradox of Disability – Review

Paradox of Disability

One of the first times that I heard about the intersection of faith and disability was a discussion about the L’Arche communities. L’Arche was founded by Jean Vanier and Vanier has done much to raise […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Yes, Justin Welby speaks in tongues. So do half a billion other Christians – Justin Brierley Former Atheist & Philosophy Professor On How Studying Philosophy […]

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Why I Want to Return to Military Chaplaincy

Military Chaplaincy

For a number of years, I served as a chaplain (padre) in the army reserves here in Canada. I absolutely loved it. But I eventually released for two reasons: one was that I was starting […]

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Krypton: Season One – Review

Krypton

One of my favourite parts of the Man of Steel movie were the early scenes on Krypton. I wanted more. At the same time, one of my favourite Superman villains, and one that I kept […]

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Good News: Saturday Night Worship

Good News

At Queen Street Baptist Church we have two worship services. One is our Sunday morning service, which I give most of my time to. But we also have a Saturday night service. It is a […]

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Split – Review

Split

Until the recent release of Glass, I didn’t even know Split was the sequel to Unbreakable. Otherwise, I would have seen it when it came out. I loved Unbreakable. It was such a fresh take […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. Clean Water or the Gospel? – Justin Narducci You’re a Pastor, Not a People Pleaser: Learn How to Say ‘No’ – Joe McKeever 7 Powers […]

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Everyone is an Apologist

Apologist

I chuckle when I hear Christians criticize apologetics because everyone is an apologist. I don’t mean everyone should be an apologist but everyone is an apologist. This is not limited to Christians. Apologetics was around […]

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Titans: Season One – Review

Titans

I was pretty excited when I heard that a live action Titans series was being made. I was then disappointed that it was going to be available only on the DC streaming service. Then I […]

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Introduction to Biblical Interpretation – Review

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Many years ago, a couple of Roman Catholic ladies came to my parents’ door. They asked me if I knew the reason for most of the problems in the world. Their answer? “Too many people […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Keeping the Debate Over Undeniable on Track – Douglas Axe Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 7 – Mark McGee Paul Copan […]

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Spider-Man: Far From Home – Teaser Trailer

Spider-Man Far From Home

The newest incarnation of Spider-Man is my favourite and I love how he is integrated into the MCU. The new movie, Far From Home, looks like it will be great.

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Rivendell by Rush

Rivendell

My favourite author is J.R.R. Tolkien and my favourite band is Rush. So when the two come together, it is just gold. Rivendell is a song that appeared on Rush’s second album, Fly by Night, […]

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Good News: Working With My Wife

Good News

The Outreach Director at Queen Street Baptist Church recently resigned. It is important for us to continue these ministries and so we have hired an interim Outreach Director. That person is Amanda Bedard. Not only […]

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The Peacemaking Church – Review

Peacemaking Church

Unfortunately, one of the realities of church ministry is interpersonal conflict. As long as we allow people in churches, we will have conflict. That is why I was happy to read Curtis Heffelfinger’s The Peacemaking […]

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Is it Wrong to Label People With Autism?

Autism

I recently had a discussion about using labels when describing people on the autism spectrum. Some of the people in the discussion felt strongly that labels are completely inappropriate. What do I mean by labels? […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. A Simple Christian Apology – Roger Browning Is God Real? Evidence from the Laws of Logic – J. Warner Wallace TV Tropes in the Book […]

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Gotham: Season 3 – Review

Gotham

I had lost some interest in Gotham with the second season. While I like Hugo Strange in the comics, I had gotten bored of his creation of “freaks.” It felt like Gotham was losing its […]

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The REACTION Dashboard – Review

REACTION Dashboard

When I was sent the REACTION Dashboard, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought it might be a guide to help leaders react properly to difficult situations. That is not it at all. Rather […]

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9 Things You Didn’t Know About J.R.R. Tolkien

Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien is definitely one of my favourite authors. But how much do we know about him. Jason Todd has written an article on this for Relevant Magazine. “I am not specially interested in children, […]

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Good News: Fun With the Family

Good News

We have not had many opportunities get away as a family but this past week we did. It was only a night and two days, but it was amazing. We went to Niagara Falls, which […]

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My Favourite Podcasts

Audiobooks

I love listening to podcasts and I listen to shows on a number of subjects. My list of favourites change over time but this is the current list (in no particular order). Ask NT Wright […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. 5 Dangers of “Tower of Babel” Church Revitalizations – Chuck Lawless 10 Reasons Why I Am Thankful to Be a Pastor – Brandon Hilgemann How Do […]

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