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Good News: 185th Anniversary!

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

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Good News: Proud of Amanda

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

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Good News: Not a Typical Sunday

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

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Good News: I Love Easter

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

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Good News: Loving Our Church

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

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Good News: First Draft In

For the past number of years I have been working on my Doctor of Ministry degree at Acadia University. The truth is that I should have graduated a couple of years ago. But between...

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Good News: Churches That Get It

As a pastor and a father of two children with special needs, I know that it can be challenging for churches to minister to special needs family and challenging for special needs families to...

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Increase Your Reading Capacity

I recently ran a poll on Twitter asking people about how many books per year people were reading. The results were as follows: How many books do you read a year? — Stephen Bedard...

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Good News: Sunday Night Fun

Sunday nights are one of my favourite times of the week. Over a year ago we started a tradition of going swimming on Sunday nights. This is something that breathes life into me in...

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Good News: Better Health

The past six months or so have not been great for me health-wise. My sarcoidosis has been acting up and with that, my diabetes. I don’t say this to complain. My good news is...

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The Impact Billy Graham Had on My Christian Faith

It was sad to hear that Billy Graham had died. I never had the opportunity to hear him preach in person. I attended one of his crusades but he was sick that night and...

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The Second World War Podcast

I have been interested in military history, especially that of the Second World War, for as long as I could remember. I would go through our family encyclopedia (this was long before the internet)...

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Good News: Amanda is Recovering Well

My wife Amanda had surgery on Friday. The surgery she had was a gastric bypass, which is fairly serious surgery. Thankfully the surgery went well and Amanda is recovering. I haven’t seen Amanda since...

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Good News: A Restful Day

One of the best things I’ve done recently is to start observing a Sabbath. By Sabbath, I mean a day of rest. I’m not legalistic about it, but it is designed to be a...

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The Comic Book Geek

One of the big parts of my childhood was collecting comic books. It started with war comics and moved on to superhero comics. I was mainly into DC but had a good Marvel collection...

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Good News: The Final Test

Much of my Good News lately has been about moving into our new home. Does this make me materialistic? Am I too focused on possessions? This weekend was a reminder that our new home...

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Good News: Getting Settled In

Things are coming together in our new home. This past week, our children started at their new school and are already making friends. They seem to be comfortable with our new house and our...

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Good News: All Moved In

This has been a great week for the Bedard family. We moved into our new home. We have been renting for the past two years and have been hoping to buy. Things worked out...

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Good News: A Great Year

This is my final Good News post for the year. I have already posted about the year in review. But as 2017 comes to a close, I’m still reflecting on what this year has...

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The Year in Review

I have never had a boring year yet in my adult life and 2017 was no exception. I thought that with the year coming to an end, it would be a good idea to...

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Top Ten Posts of 2017

Thank you for the support of this blog. I have enjoyed this year of blogging and have seen some significant growth. I have tried to organize the blog in such a way to make...

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Good News: Candlelight Service

One of my favourite parts of Christmas is the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. We had a wonderful service tonight at Queen Street Baptist Church. Not only is the image of lighting candles meaningful, it...

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Good News: Positive Change

There is a joke that Baptists don’t believe in change. I’m thankful that is not the case with my church, Queen Street Baptist Church. Today we had an important business meeting. Business meetings are...

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Good News: Blue Christmas

Advent is one of my favourite seasons of the year. It allows us to prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Last year we started at Queen Street Baptist Church to observe...

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Good News: Feeling a Bit Better

For the past number of months, I have been experiencing a sarcoidosis flare. This has been frustrating because my respirologist increased my dosage of prednisone to try and knock it into remission, but instead...

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Good News: Perhaps Pushing 50

As I write this, it is the night before my 49th birthday. Typically I have described myself as pushing 40… from the other direction… with a running start. Perhaps it is time to admit...

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We Bought a Condo!

One of the most satisfying moments in our life was when we moved from renting to becoming homeowners. I would much rather pay into a mortgage than to pay rent to someone else. We...

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Good News: Break a Leg

My son Justus broke his leg on Friday. What? How in the world is that Good News? What kind of dad am I? Let me back up. On Friday, we received a call from...

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Good News: A Spiritual Potluck

Baptists sometimes joke that potluck meals are another sacrament alongside communion and baptism. I actually think there is a good biblical basis for the importance of the church eating together. But that is for...

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What a Rush!

This should have been a rotten day. We have been trying to buy a house and today we found out it wouldn’t work. Part of this was because of results of a home inspection...

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My 25 Most Popular Blog Posts

I have been blogging for over ten years. Although this blog is not that old, I have imported the content of my previous blogs into this blog. I find it interesting to look at...

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Health Update

I have no desire to be complainer when it comes to my health or any other issue. I’m generally a positive person and I’m thankful for all the blessings I enjoy. Having said that,...

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Good News: Ride for Refuge

Over the past number of years, I have had the honour of getting to know the work of Christian Horizons. Just a month ago, I was able to be the speaker at their family...

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The Hardest Job I Have Ever Had

I have been engaged in a number of roles throughout my life. I have been a pastor, teacher, chaplain, salesperson, warehouse worker, painter and numerous other things. But there is one job that I...

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It Never Fully Goes Away

One of the most frequent questions I get as a pastor is whether the grief from losing a loved one ever gets easier. I can only answer from my own experience. Today, I had...

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Good News: A Joyful Visit

As I write this, it is two days before our daughter Abby’s fifteenth birthday. It is hard to believe she is well into her teens. It feels like only yesterday she was our little...

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Good News: Family Reunion

A number of years ago, our daughter Emma casually remarked, “It would be neat to find out that you had a brother or sister that you never knew about.” Little did she know that...

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Good News: Four Years Later

It was four years ago that my father-in-law came to our house and drove me to the hospital. I had been sick for some time and the walk-in clinic was not able to figure...

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Returning to the Place of Sorrow

I led a funeral service today. That is not a surprise as I am a pastor. Some pastors do a couple of funerals per week. Thankfully that is not my experience. But this was...

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Good News: Good Cheap Fun

We get a visit from Logan and Abby every other weekend. Abby is happy to come for day visits but Logan likes to stay over night. Whether it is the autism or being a...

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Swimming Down Memory Lane

I will confess that I’m a nostalgic kind of guy. Moving back to St. Catharines has only intensified that. We have had a membership at an indoor pool but they have been closed for...

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Good News: A Proud Dad

This past week, our three youngest children were away at camp. When I arrived to pick them up, the leader of Justus’s cabin immediately sought me out. There was a moment of panic as...

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Good News: Bedards Assemble!

This past week was our annual assembly of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. I have only missed only a couple of these assemblies in my twenty years with the CBOQ. This year...

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Good News: 184th Anniversary

No, I don’t mean our marriage anniversary. I’m not quite that old. Today was our 184th anniversary service at Queen Street Baptist Church. That is a long time for a church. When I look...

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What Does a Sarcoidosis Flare-up Look Like?

The experience of people with sarcoidosis varies considerably. Many people diagnosed with sarcoidosis go into remission relatively quickly after treatment and never suffer another symptom. Other people are not helped by the treatment and...

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What is PMDD?

I am the husband of a woman who has long suffered with PMDD. What is PMDD? PMDD is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. You can find some more information here. This is not exactly the same...

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Good News: Our Son is Back

Although I don’t talk about it as much as our children with autism, we also have a child with ADHD. Some may think that ADHD is not near as serious as autism but there...

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Good News: A Blessed Easter

Some pastors may dread Easter because of the extra services but I love it. This entire weekend has been great. We had a very meaningful Maundy Thursday service at our church that included foot...

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Good News: Double Shot

There are actually two things that I want to share for my weekly Good News post. The first is that I want to share how much I’m enjoying my role as pastor of Queen...

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Good News: Daddy-Daughter Date

I have mentioned previously that we plan to go swimming as a family every Sunday night. While that doesn’t always work out, sometimes it is for the best. Amanda is still recovering from her...

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Good News: 17 Years!

Today is Amanda and my 17th wedding anniversary. Seventeen years ago on this day we were recovering from a snow storm that left me stuck in my parents’ driveway, while Amanda (wearing her veil)...

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Good News: Being Uncle Steve

Family has always been an important part of my life. Being an only child, I do not take family for granted. Aunts, uncles and cousins were important relationships. Unfortunately, being an only child limits...

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Good News: Thankful for My Health

It might seem surprising that my Good News is that I’m thankful for my health. After all, I do still have sarcoidosis, diabetes and asthma. That doesn’t sound very good. However, everything is relative....

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My Bucket List

I’m getting to the half-century mark (not that I will admit that to my wife) and this makes me think about what I want to have accomplished in my life. As I write this,...

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My Goals for 2017

Some people reject New Year’s resolutions as mostly leading to failure. However, I believe that goals are important, whether made at the beginning of a new year or at any other time. I looked...

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Good News: A Wonderful Christmas

My Good News post comes easy this week. We had one of the most enjoyable Christmases in a long time. There was so much about it that was good. It started with Christmas Eve....

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Good News: Teen Challenge

My Good News for today is about a great service we had this morning at Queen Street Baptist Church. We were blessed to have Teen Challenge join us. If you are not familiar with...

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Good News: Proud of Amanda

My wife has not tried to hide the struggles she has experienced. I won’t go into them here, but you can read about it in her words at her blog. I’m proud of Amanda...

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Good News: Long Lost Family

I thought I knew what my Good News post was going to be. It was a year ago that we were making our move from Cambridge to St. Catharines. Although there have been some...

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