Author: Stephen Bedard

24 Podcasts That I Listen To 0

24 Podcasts That I Listen To

Listening to podcasts is an important part of my lifelong learning strategy. I listen to podcasts while I cut the grass, walk the dog, do the laundry, drive to work and any other opportunity...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Have a look. The New Face of Atheism (And It’s Not Dawkins!) – Sean McDowell Why Believe the Holy Spirit Is a Person? –...

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Did Jesus Really Have a Brother? 0

Did Jesus Really Have a Brother?

Richard Carrier argues that the James who is described as the brother of Jesus, is not really his brother. Why is this important to Carrier? Unlike Catholic apologists who want Mary to be a...

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5 Questions Pastors Should Ask at the Beginning of the Ministry Year 0

5 Questions Pastors Should Ask at the Beginning of the Ministry Year

Although the financial year for a church might start in January, the ministry year really starts in September. As I write this, September is just a couple of days away. Pastors should not just...

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What is the Kingdom of God? 2

What is the Kingdom of God?

A sermon based on Matthew 6:25-34, preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Futurists, a number of decades ago, had some predictions about what life would be like now. The hope was that advances...

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Good News: Thankful for Every Blessing 1

Good News: Thankful for Every Blessing

I try to share one Good News story every week as a way to keep me thankful. Tonight, I was looking at my computer and was not sure what to say. There was no...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts that I discovered this week. Go and check them out. 5 Reasons Church Growth Strategies Matter – Chuck Lawless Are You Pushing Pastors to Build Bigger Churches? Please Catch...

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Research That Demonstrates the Need For Apologetics 0

Research That Demonstrates the Need For Apologetics

I continue to hear from Christian leaders that there is no need for apologetics. People are looking for community and experience and are not impacted by intellectual arguments. Apologetics belonged a modernistic vision of...

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5 Questions to Ask Jesus Mythicists 3

5 Questions to Ask Jesus Mythicists

The Jesus Myth Theory claims that Jesus never existed and that the narratives of the Gospels are based on pagan myths. In my recent book, Unmasking the Jesus Myth, I attempt to give practical...

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Reviewing Leadership 0

Reviewing Leadership

I have read quite a few books on leadership and will continue to invest in this area of knowledge. However, Reviewing Leadership by Bernice M. Ledbetter, Robert J. Banks and David C. Greenhalgh fills...

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Persevering in Times of Uncertainty 0

Persevering in Times of Uncertainty

Recently we had Wesley Huff preach at Queen Street Baptist Church. Wesley has an incredible story, including a very dramatic healing. If you struggle to believe in miracles, you need to hear his story....

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Unmasking The Jesus Myth Now Available in Print 0

Unmasking The Jesus Myth Now Available in Print

My book, Unmasking the Jesus Myth, which has been available in Kindle, is now available in print. It is short book that is meant to be a practical introduction to the Jesus Myth, giving...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. I hope you enjoy them. New Testament Reliability Talks – Wesley Huff Debating an Atheist in a Speedo – Thomas Rauchenstein Surprising Evidence...

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What is Sin?

A sermon based on 1 John 1:5-2:6 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction What is sin? Well, isn’t it obvious? Sin is doing something bad. We can all probably recollect a time when we...

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Good News: Storytime

Three of our children just returned from a week at camp. I will admit, it is nice to have a bit of a break when they go to camp. At the same time, I...

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4 Reasons Why I Am an Apologist 1

4 Reasons Why I Am an Apologist

I have been involved in apologetics almost right from the beginning of when I made a personal faith commitment. But this was no phase I was going through. Apologetics has only become more important...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts I have encountered this week. Go and check them out. 4 Proven Strategies for the Care and Treatment of an Unhealthy Church – Karl Vaters The “Sweet-Spot” of Discipleship...

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The Four Cs of Good Apologetics 1

The Four Cs of Good Apologetics

I recently wrote a post on the four Rs of good apologetics. I decided that I would follow this up with a post on the four Cs of good apologetics. Here they are: Character...

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Do Guardian Angels Exist? 0

Do Guardian Angels Exist?

The idea of guardian angels is very popular in our culture. Some people are more likely to rely on their guardian angel than on God. But do guardian angels even exist? I have always...

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3 Reasons Why I Am Convinced That God Exists 1

3 Reasons Why I Am Convinced That God Exists

I am a skeptic by nature. I was a skeptic as an atheist and I am skeptic as a Christian. So why do I believe in God? Obviously since I left atheism, I have...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Make sure to go and check them out. You Want to Be a Good Apologist? – Amy Hall Was John Describing Something He...

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The Ontological Argument 0

The Ontological Argument

The good people at Reasonable Faith have produce another animated apologetics video. This one is on the ontological argument. Make sure to check it out. You may understand the ontological argument for the first...

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Churches Need More of an Inward Focus 0

Churches Need More of an Inward Focus

What?! Am I out of my mind? Pastors and other church leaders have been working hard for decades to get congregations to move from an inward to an outward focus. We have finally made...

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The Universe Next Door 0

The Universe Next Door

One of the most important topics that we can study is that of worldviews. We all have a worldview, the question is how well do we understand our own and that of others? An...

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Good News: Going Back to a Job I Love 0

Good News: Going Back to a Job I Love

Today is the last day of three weeks of vacation. In many ways, it has gone by very quickly. We didn’t go away anywhere for vacation but it was still fun to have family...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts I discovered this week. Go and check them out! 8 Characteristics of a 1 Corinthians 12 Church – Chuck Lawless Check the Mirror, Pastor – After Five Years, Your...

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Redeeming Doubting Thomas 0

Redeeming Doubting Thomas

If you were one of Jesus’ twelve apostles, how would you like to be remembered by history? Simon gets to be the Rock. James and John get to be the Sons of Thunder. Thomas?...

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Kingdom Conspiracy – Review 0

Kingdom Conspiracy – Review

The kingdom of God is arguably the most important topic in the Gospels. It definitely was the core of Jesus’ preaching. But what is the kingdom of God? Scot McKnight tackles this important topic...

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What Has Been the Most Influential Book in Your Life? 10

What Has Been the Most Influential Book in Your Life?

Has there been one book that has really changed or shaped you? Is there one book that you are continually recommending to others? For me, I would have to say that is C.S. Lewis’s...

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Responding to Richard Carrier’s Dating the Corinthian Creed 0

Responding to Richard Carrier’s Dating the Corinthian Creed

One of the key passages for Christian apologists is the creed that Paul quotes in 1 Corinthians 15 as part of his discussion on the resurrection. For I passed on to you as most...

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How to Have a Successful Blog

I would not consider myself an expert in blogging but I have blogged for ten years and so have learned a thing or two. I would like to share a few ideas about how...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts I discovered this week. Go check them out and feed your mind. Atheists Can’t Have Their Cake and Eat It Too – Tim Barnett Is the Evidence for Intelligent...

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How I Was Called Into Pastoral Ministry 2

How I Was Called Into Pastoral Ministry

I really enjoying being the pastor of a local congregation. It is a fulfilling and stretching career. But how did I get to this point? What led me to pastoral ministry? This post is...

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Pauline Christology 0

Pauline Christology

Was Jesus divine? Was the divinity of Jesus a later invention of the church? What did Paul, our earliest Christian writer, say about Jesus? I can think of no better resource to answer these...

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6 Things You Should Know About Sarcoidosis 4

6 Things You Should Know About Sarcoidosis

I have a disease that is called sarcoidosis. A lot of people have never heard of sarcoidosis. In order to increase awareness, I would like to share six things that you should know about...

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What is 4 Maccabees?

Despite the name of this book, 4 Maccabees has nothing to do with Judas Maccabeus and his brothers. So why is it called 4 Maccabees? 4 Maccabees is in the Hellenistic Judaism tradition. The...

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Good News: Teaching at Tyndale

I just finished teaching a course on the Apostle Paul at Tyndale University College. I have been teaching for the adult modular program at Tyndale since 2010. I still remember being contacted by Daniel...

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4 Bible Passages That Totally Confuse Me 0

4 Bible Passages That Totally Confuse Me

I love it when people contact me and seek clarification about the meaning of Bible passages. As a pastor and a Bible teacher, I love this stuff. Most of the time. There are certain...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. Go and check them out right now. 10 Reasons Why Leaders Stop Growing – Chuck Lawless The Tragic Story of a Hurting Pastor’s Wife...

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What is Christian Apologetics?

Is this even a question worth asking? Doesn’t everyone know what Christian apologetics is? I would suggest that we need to define Christian apologetics clearly. It is bad definitions of apologetics that lead to...

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5 Ways a Church Can Support Their Pastor 2

5 Ways a Church Can Support Their Pastor

Being the pastor of a church can be a rewarding experiencing. However, much of that depends on the nature of the congregation. Individuals within a church have the power to make or break the...

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Why You Should Get a Master of Divinity Degree 2

Why You Should Get a Master of Divinity Degree

Perhaps you are considering attending seminary and getting a theological degree. But what degree should you pursue? I would like to put forth the case for getting a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree. The...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across. Go and check them out. The Apostle Thomas was Not a Doubter – Sean McDowell ISIS. We Don’t Hate You – Nick Peters How to...

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Health Update

In my last health update, I reported that I had developed diabetes after having begun a prednisone treatment for my sarcoidosis. It has been a while since then, so I thought I would give...

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A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics 0

A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics

As a part of my research for my DMin thesis, I recently read James Sire’s A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics. I really didn’t have any expectations going into it but I ended up...

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What is 2 Esdras? 0

What is 2 Esdras?

Like 1 Esdras, 2 Esdras was not written by Ezra. The earliest part of the book was not written until the first century AD. Second Esdras is made up of a Jewish writing called...

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3 Things Pastors Can Learn From Donald Trump 0

3 Things Pastors Can Learn From Donald Trump

During this election season, I must confess that I’m thankful that I’m a Canadian. My thoughts and prayers are with my American brothers and sisters. In some ways I’m surprised that Donald Trump has...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. Go and check them out. 14 Things Leaders Tend to Forget – Chuck Lawless How People-Pleasing Crushes Your Leadership Potential – Carey Niewuhof 3...

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What is Your Goal for Apologetics? 0

What is Your Goal for Apologetics?

I’m sure that most people involved in apologetics want to be successful in their apologetics endeavours. But how can you know if you are successful? You need some way to measure. One way to...

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5 Reasons I Write About the Jesus Myth 0

5 Reasons I Write About the Jesus Myth

If I have a specialty in apologetics, it is in responding to the Jesus Myth Theory. The JMT argues that there was no historical Jesus and the Jesus of the Gospels is based on...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I have discovered this week. Make sure to go and check them out. Is Evolution A Theory in Crisis? – Sean McDowell Why Christians Need to Renew Their...

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5 Reasons Why Pastors Should Care About Apologetics 0

5 Reasons Why Pastors Should Care About Apologetics

As both a pastor and an apologist, I believe that there should be connections between both roles. I actually became an apologist because of a need that arose while being a pastor at a...

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Don’t Be That Pastor 0

Don’t Be That Pastor

I recently wrote a blog post called Don’t Be That Apologist, where I gave some examples of apologists (without names) that are bad examples. I thought I would do the same thing for pastors. As...

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Abortion and Euthanasia

This is a message that was preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction The Ten Commandments have been a huge influence in the development of morals in western society. Each of the commandments are...

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Good News: Vacation Time! 0

Good News: Vacation Time!

It is easy to come up with good news today. Today is the start of three weeks of vacation. What makes this better, is that my excitement is not about the chance to get...

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Don’t Be That Apologist

It is easy to call oneself an apologist. It is a different thing to be a good and effective apologist. There are plenty of bad examples of apologetics for us to learn from. Obviously,...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts that I came across this week. Go and check them out. 8 Things My Workaholism is Costing Me – Chuck Lawless 9 Signals Your Hormones May be Hijacking your...

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4 Reasons to Study the Apostle Paul 0

4 Reasons to Study the Apostle Paul

I’m currently teaching a course on the Apostle Paul at Tyndale University College. One of the things that I ask my students is, why should we study the Apostle Paul? Shouldn’t we be “red...

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If I Could Restart My Life… 0

If I Could Restart My Life…

This morning, my ten year old son asked me a very interesting question. He asked me, if I could restart my life, what job would I want to do? Imagine having that second chance....

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What is 3 Maccabees? 0

What is 3 Maccabees?

One would assume, based on the title, that like 1 and 2 Maccabees, that 3 Maccabees is an account of the revolt led by Judas Maccabeus. That would be a reasonable assumption. It would...

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4 Questions Pastors Need to Ask 0

4 Questions Pastors Need to Ask

The unfortunate reality is that not all pastors finish well. We hear about the pastors of megachurches who have moral failures but it happens in small churches all the time. The key is not...

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Unmasking the Jesus Myth 0

Unmasking the Jesus Myth

I am excited to tell you about a brand new resource. My newest book, Unmasking the Jesus Myth, is now available in Kindle! What is this book and why should you buy it? In...

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Spiritual Warfare

A sermon based on Ephesians 6:10-20 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I remember back about twenty-five years ago when I was deep into my spiritual journey. I had recently moved from atheism to...

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Good News: A Gift to an Introvert

This has been a different kind of a week for me. For the past week, three of our children were away at camp. That by itself is good news as they had a very fun...

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What is Psalm 151?

Did you even know there was a Psalm 151? The truth is there are many more psalms than the 150 found in the Bible. A psalm is a genre and there is no reason...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts that I came across this week. Go and check them out. 8 Church Member Who Made Me Mad… But Who Taught Me Something – Chuck Lawless 5 Ways to...

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The Four Rs of Good Apologetics 0

The Four Rs of Good Apologetics

It takes much more than an excitement or appreciation about apologetics to be a good apologist. You can have read dozens of apologetics books and have listened to all the best podcasts and still...

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Terrorism, Race Riots and the World We Live In 0

Terrorism, Race Riots and the World We Live In

This is a heartbreaking time that we live in. We live in a world where we can watch a black man killed by a police officer live on the internet. We live in a...

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My Eschatology Has Changed (But It’s Not the End of the World) 0

My Eschatology Has Changed (But It’s Not the End of the World)

When we speak of eschatology, we must remember that there are a couple of aspects to this doctrine. It both refers to what will happen to the world when Jesus returns and what happens...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Go and check them out. Religion and Well-being: Assessing the evidence – Theos A Brief Description of My Journey from Atheism to Christianity...

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What is 1 Esdras?

The most complicated aspect of 1 Esdras is that it is sometimes called 1 Esdras and sometimes 3 Esdras. When it is called 3 Esdras, it is because the Old Testament books of Ezra...

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Race Relations and the Church 0

Race Relations and the Church

My heart is breaking as I watch the events that are currently taking place in the United States around race relations. The killing of both black men and white police officers is so wrong....

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What is the Birmingham Qur’an? 0

What is the Birmingham Qur’an?

The history of Islam and the teachings of the Qur’an are one of the areas that I’m interested in. Fairly recently, what seems to be the earliest copy of the Qur’an was discovered. It...

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Good News: There Was Praise in the Park 0

Good News: There Was Praise in the Park

My good news for this week was about a fantastic church service we had this morning. Queen Street Baptist Church had our annual (and my first) outdoor service at Montebello Park. I really did...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts that I came across this week. Check them out. 10 Reasons You Are Always Pushing People – Dan Rockwell 3 Ways to Help Our Kids Process Racial Injustice –...

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God is Great, God is Good 0

God is Great, God is Good

One of the major challenges to the Church in recent years has been the New Atheism. The New Atheists do not have new arguments, but they do have a new aggressiveness and a new...

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5 Things You Need to Know About the Jesus Myth 0

5 Things You Need to Know About the Jesus Myth

The Jesus Myth Theory, the belief that Jesus never existed and that the Gospels are based on pagan myths, just does not seem to go away. The recent appearance of a mythicists on the...

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What is 2 Maccabees? 0

What is 2 Maccabees?

You should not think of 2 Maccabees as the sequel to 1 Maccabees. It is not like 1 and 2 Kings where one book is broken into two parts for the sake of space....

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Reflecting on My Anglican Heritage 0

Reflecting on My Anglican Heritage

Today was a bit of a blast from the past. I was blessed to be able to have tea with Jim Powell, who was the minister of St. James Anglican Church, the church I...

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The Living Paul 0

The Living Paul

I have been reading through some of my books on Paul for the course on the Apostle Paul that I’m teaching at Tyndale University College. One of the ones that I read was Anthony...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. You should check them out. Modern Old Testament Study – Peter J. Williams The Brief Biblical Case for the Eternal Life of the...

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Sean McDowell and Ken Humphreys on the Martyrdom of the Apostles 0

Sean McDowell and Ken Humphreys on the Martyrdom of the Apostles

I recently listened to the debate between Sean McDowell and Ken Humphreys on the Unbelievable? podcast. One of my main areas of research is the Jesus myth theory and Humpreys is a mythicist, so...

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I Hate Coffee! 2

I Hate Coffee!

I never thought I would say those words. I used to drink tremendous amounts of coffee. It was not unknown for me to drink two pots (not cups!) of coffee in an evening and...

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Healing and the Prosperity Gospel

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. You can find the audio here. Introduction It was about thirty years ago. I was up early to catch a plane to go to Florida for...

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Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

My brother-in-law sent us a copy of Peter Scazzero’s Emotionally Healthy Spirituality some time ago. To be honest, I am given/lent/recommended so many books that I don’t often get around to reading them. I...

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Good News: A Much Better Week 0

Good News: A Much Better Week

Last Sunday in my Good New post, I shared that it had been a difficult couple of days. I did not give many details about what happened and I will not in this post...

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What is 1 Maccabees? 0

What is 1 Maccabees?

It has long been my opinion that if a person is going to read only one book from the apocrypha, they should read 1 Maccabees. First Maccabees covers some important events in Jewish history...

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Here are some leadership posts that I came across this week. You might find them helpful, so go check them out. 5 Questions Pastors Neglect in Sermon Prep – Charles Stone Eight Time Drainers...

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Who Moved My Pulpit? 2

Who Moved My Pulpit?

One of my favourite podcasts is Rainer on Leadership and Thom Rainer’s blog posts that I share seem to get a lot of engagement. So I was looking forward to finally reading one of...

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What’s Happening at Queen Street Baptist Church This Summer? 0

What’s Happening at Queen Street Baptist Church This Summer?

We are now into the summer of 2016. While many things in church slow down, I’m excited about what will be taking place this summer. When it comes to preaching, I will be starting...

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5 Reasons I Love Being a Canadian 0

5 Reasons I Love Being a Canadian

Today is Canada Day and it is natural for me to be reflecting on what it means to be Canadian. I must say that I’m very proud to be a Canadian and truthfully, I...

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Positively Powerless 0

Positively Powerless

There is power in positive thinking. Or is there? And what do we really mean by that? Is the power of positive thinking just a harmless fad? L.L. Martin, in her book Positively Powerless,...

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. You should check them out. Why Do You Feel Guilty About Evangelism But Not About Apologetics? – J. Warner Wallace 30 Things You Can...

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The Bible That I Recommend 0

The Bible That I Recommend

There so many different kinds of Bibles out there. There is a wide variety of translations, study Bibles and so on. But there is one Bible that I must admit I really like and...

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I Don’t Have Time Not to Write 0

I Don’t Have Time Not to Write

Like most people, I have a desire to be as productive as possible. When I come into my church office in the morning, I write on my white board all of the tasks that...

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What Are the Additions to Daniel? 0

What Are the Additions to Daniel?

Some of my favourite parts of the apocrypha are the Additions of Daniel. As the name suggests, they do not originally belong to Daniel. Still, they are fun to read and worth looking at....

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5 Tips for Associate Pastors 0

5 Tips for Associate Pastors

Being an associate pastor can be a very rewarding ministry in a local church. One of the advantages of being an associate pastor is that you often have a more focused ministry portfolio than...

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