Good News: Our Children and Communication

Personal Reflections

Often when I write about children and communication, I’m speaking of our children with autism. But you don’t need autism to have communication challenges. Our youngest are just becoming teens. That age is not known […]

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Good News: Intimate Worship

Personal Reflections

Yesterday we had some bad weather in our area, including freezing rain. Many of the churches around us closed because of the weather. But our church didn’t. That is not criticism as I have cancelled […]

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Good News: The Dog is Feeling Better

Personal Reflections

We have had an emotional few months with our dog Halo. Halo is our 11 year old black lab. People are surprised when they find out his age because he looks like he is only […]

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Good News: Feeling Better

Personal Reflections

I have mentioned in some of my recent personal posts that I had a flare of sarcoidosis. This was because of a planned pause in my medication. The results were not what we hoped. I […]

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Good News: A Remembrance Day to Remember

Personal Reflections

Remembrance Day is always a highlight for me. I’m so thankful for those who have served in the past and those who currently serve in the military. I attend Remembrance Day services in uniform in […]

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Good News: Feeling the Love

Personal Reflections

My Good News actually comes out of some recent bad news. I have a disease called sarcoidosis. A few weeks ago I took a planned break from my medication. Unfortunately, this meant that my symptoms […]

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Good News: Love and Family

Personal Reflections

People wonder what it is like to have children who are considered non-verbal. Non-verbal doesn’t mean that there is no verbal communication but it is limited and not the primary means of communication. Our children […]

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Good News: Another Kid in Cadets

Personal Reflections

Last week, our daughter joined cadets. I’m happy about this because I really believe in cadets and our son has already had a good experience with it. It was amazing to watch as my picked […]

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Good News: Feeling Thankful

Personal Reflections

As I write this, it is Thanksgiving Day. We are supposed to feel thankful on this day. This thankfulness comes easy this year. There are plenty of things for me to be thankful for. I’m […]

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Proud of Ellen DeGeneres

Personal Reflections

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

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Good News: Enjoying the Lincoln and Welland Regiment

Personal Reflections

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

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Good News: Overcoming Fear

Personal Reflections

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

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Good News: Welcome Back BBQ

Personal Reflections

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

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Good News: My Girl

Personal Reflections

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

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Good News: Back in Uniform

Personal Reflections

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

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Good News: A Promising Start

Personal Reflections

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

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So What’s Happening With My Thesis?

Personal Reflections

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

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Good News: Pastor Amanda

Personal Reflections

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

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Cinema Strangiato and Why I Love Rush

Personal Reflections

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

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Good News: A Great Day at Church

Personal Reflections

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

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Good News: Our Guitarist

Personal Reflections

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

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Good News: Thankful For Cadets

Personal Reflections

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

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Good News: Praise in the Park

Personal Reflections

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Year in Review

Stephen Bedard

I am writing this on the last day of 2018. It is a natural point to look back on the year and reflect on what has happened over the last twelve months. Family This has […]

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Good News: Thankful For Extended Family

Good News

My Good New shouldn’t be inspired by a funeral but it is. Yesterday was my Uncle Fred’s funeral. That is not Good News as he was one of my favourite uncles. My dad was 18 […]

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The Year of Classic Rock

Classic Rock

I love classic rock. By classic rock, I mean guitar driven rock by bands that began in the late 60s to late 70s. Bands like Rush, Yes, Led Zeppelin, etc. In my teen years I […]

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Christmas Reflections – 2018

Christmas

This has been a good Christmas overall. Of course there have been our share of frustrations but there have been some great things as well. Last night, our church had a major outreach to our […]

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Good News: Youth Group

Good News

Queen Street Baptist Church is a fairly small church but one with a long history of youth groups. When I had arrived, the senior high group had just graduated and moved on. We had a […]

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Top Ten Blog Posts of 2018

Top Ten

As we come near the end of 2018, I would like to thank everyone who has support this blog. This blog would be nothing if no one visited or read the posts. The following are […]

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Good News: Got Inked!

Good News

I have been talking about getting a tattoo for years (here is post from four years ago). Amanda has a number of tattoos and I have wanted one. But I always had a reason not […]

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Good News: The Boy in Uniform

Good News

Justus joined army cadets at the beginning of September and it has really been going well. It is such a good fit for him. He has long been interested in the military and this has […]

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Good News: My Student

Good News

I’m so proud of Amanda and her studies at McMaster Divinity College. I respect her for doing this. I did my seminary studies while single and was living with my parents for most of it. […]

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Good News: The Big Birthday Happened

Good News

Last week, I blogged about my birthday party. Although my party was last Saturday, my actual birthday was this past week on the Tuesday. It is funny to note that I stressed out to turn […]

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Reflections on Turning Fifty

Stephen Bedard

For some people, turning fifty years old is a traumatic event. It has not been that bad for me, even though I have talked a lot about it. I am thankful for the experiences I […]

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Top Fifty For Fifty

Top Fifty

As I have been preparing to turn fifty years old, I have been doing a series of top five lists that have been connected with different areas of interest. Here is the compiled list of […]

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Good News: The Best Party Ever

Personal Reflections

It has been many years since I had a birthday party. Until last night. My wife Amanda threw my the most amazing party to celebrate my fiftieth birthday. It really was overwhelming, in a good […]

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Top Five Milestones of My Life

Milestone

As I approach fifty, I have been doing a number of top five lists. I would be missing something if I didn’t include a list about the major milestones in my life. Many things have […]

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Good News: Thankful For Our Veterans

Good News

As I write this, it is not only Remembrance Day, it is also the 100th anniversary of the armistice that began the end of World War One. This make me think of the veterans that […]

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Good News: Logan at Church

Good News

I had a number of options to talk about for my weekly Good News post. I could have did it on a Roger Hodgson concert I attended with a couple of my cousins. I could […]

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Good News: Gandalf the Grey!

Good News

I love having pets. While I really enjoy my dog, I will confess that I am more of a cat person. That may make me unpopular with some. Until recently, we had one dog and […]

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Good News: Our Cadet!

Good News

When I was a kid I always wanted to be an army cadet. Unfortunately I never had the courage to join. I did end up joining the army reserves as an adult. My son Justus […]

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Good News: A Double Blessing at Church

Good News

I had a fantastic time at church this morning. And it was for two reasons. The first was that our congregation recognized pastor appreciation Sunday. While they gave me a nice gift, more than that, […]

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Good News: Thankful For Everything

Good News

Every day should be Thanksgiving and yet it is good that there is an actual Thanksgiving weekend. It is appropriate to take time to be intentional in giving thanks. There is so much that I’m […]

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Good News: Ministering With My Wife

Good News

Amanda recently began her studies at McMaster Divinity College. A part of her requirements is doing a field placement and she is doing that at our church, Queen Street Baptist Church. This week was Amanda’s […]

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Good News: How I Was Introduced to Tolkien

Good News

This past week was Tolkien Week. You may not even be aware that something like this existed. This week included Hobbit Day, which I blogged about here. How is this Good News? It all goes […]

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Good News: My Wife in Seminary

Good News

Twenty-two years ago, I began my theological studies at McMaster Divinity College. And now my wife Amanda is beginning her own theological education. If you are wondering what happened to her studies at Brock University, […]

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Good News: Sweet Sixteen!

Good News

Although her birthday is not for a couple more days, we had the kids for a visit yesterday so that we could celebrate Abby’s sixteenth birthday. It is hard to believe Abby is turning sixteen. […]

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Good News: Labour Day in Merritton

Good News

A big part of my childhood was going to the carnival in Merritton (a neighbourhood of St Catharines) during the Labour Day weekend. I looked forward to it every summer, it helped make up for […]

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Good News: Writing a Novel

Good News

I have written everything from biblical studies books to devotionals to scholarly journal articles to magazine articles. I love writing. But one thing I have never tried was writing a novel. Until now. Am I […]

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Good News: “Go Away!”

Good News

How many parents think it is good news when their teenage daughter tells them to go away? This one does. A couple of days ago, I was visiting our children, Logan and Abby, at their […]

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Good News: A Relaxing Day

Good News

Each week I share a Good News post. Sometimes it is a big thing and sometimes just something small. Today is just a small thing. Today was a nice relaxing Sunday. After church, I relaxed […]

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Good News: Sharing and Worshiping

Good News

Not all ministry takes place in a church building. We recently had an opportunity to share at Heritage Christian Bookstore. This included Dayspring, which is the praise team from Queen Street Baptist Church. I love […]

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Today is a Hard Day

Family

Today is eight years since our daughter Abby moved into a group home. She was only seven years old at the time. That means she has lived away from us longer than she lived with […]

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Good News: A Painful Reminder

Good News

That is a strange title. But this is what I mean. I have a disease called sarcoidosis. I have been doing very well with it and have enjoyed the best health I have had in […]

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Good News: Cirque du Soleil

Good News

Today we went to see Cirque du Soleil. This was my first time seeing them but Amanda had seen them before. She was quite excited when she heard that they were coming to the city where […]

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Good News: A Really Great Day

Good News

It is difficult to predict what a day will be like but today turned out to be a great day. It started with Queen Street Baptist Church‘s annual Praise in the Park at Montebello Park. […]

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Good News: Happy to Be Canadian

Personal Reflections

Today is Canada Day and it is a reminder that I’m thankful to be a Canadian. I wouldn’t say I’m overly patriotic in the sense of having a maple leaf tattoo or anything. But I […]

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Good News: Having a Ball

Good News

This weekend the girls were over at a friend’s house for a sleepover. That meant that we just had Justus with us. So what do we do with our boy? We ended up going bowling. […]

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Good News: A Happy Father’s Day

Good News

I don’t have big expectations for Father’s Day. I don’t want presents as I have lots of stuff (although I could always use some more books). Today after church, Amanda had the idea of going […]

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Good News: An Exciting Morning at Church

Good News

By “exciting,” I don’t mean extra-lively music or extra-dynamic preaching. It was an exciting service at Queen Street Baptist Church in a totally unexpected and unplanned way. We had a young man come in late […]

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Good News: 185th Anniversary!

Good News

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 and […]

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Good News: A Great Victoria Day Weekend

Good News

This past weekend was a lot of fun. After church we went up to visit Logan and Abby. We had a great visit with them. We then went to visit some friends that we hadn’t seen […]

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Good News: Great Preaching at Church

Good News

I enjoy preaching but I also love listening to good preaching. And we had some great preaching this morning at Queen Street Baptist Church. Our guest preacher was my beautiful wife, Amanda Bedard. Today was […]

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Good News: A Beautiful Day For a Walk

Good News

My Good News is that I took a walk to Tim Horton’s. How is that Good News, other than the fact that I really enjoy their steeped tea? This weekend included a visit from our […]

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Good News: Feeling the Best in a Long Time

Good News

Long-time readers of my personal blog will know that I have had some health struggles over the past couple of years. My main struggle is sarcoidosis. The main problems this has caused me include muscle […]

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