Let Your Light Shine

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 11:33-36 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction What is our purpose? I ask that both in terms of our role as a church and as individual followers of […]

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Who is the Greatest?

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A sermon based on Luke 9:46-48 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction People should have great expectations. People should want to have a great life, a great marriage, a great career, even a […]

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Advent Four: Love

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This is sermon based on 1 John 4:7-12 that I preached at the Spanish congregation at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction In addition to my role as a pastor at Queen Street Baptist Church, I […]

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Being an Acts Church: Part Two

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A message based on Acts 2:42-47 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. You can watch the video here. Introduction A few weeks ago, we took a trip into the past to observe the activity […]

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Revisiting the Comfortable Pew

Comfortable Pew

A message based on 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church.  Introduction A number of years ago, there was a popular book by Pierre Berton called The Comfortable Pew.  Berton was asked by a […]

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Being an Acts Church: Part One

Queen Street Baptist Church

A sermon based on Acts 2:42-47 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. You can listen to the audio here. Introduction When my mother was getting near to the end of her life, one of her thoughts […]

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What is Discipleship?

Discipleship

A sermon based on Luke 9:23-27 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church.  Introduction Why do we exist? Why is there a church? I mean both, why is there a Queen Street Baptist Church and […]

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Who is Jesus?

Jesus

A sermon based on Luke 9:18-20 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. You can find the audio here. Introduction I have been fortunate to have had a number of jobs and roles. Second only to […]

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Living a Life of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

A sermon based on Philippians 4:4-7 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays. I will confess that a big part of that is the thanksgiving meal. It is […]

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3 Lessons From the Feeding of the 5000

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A sermon based on Luke 9:10-17 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction How do we know when someone really means something? Usually they will repeat a statement more than once. Obviously it would be good […]

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Miracles Twelve Years in the Making

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 8:40-56 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to waiting. I can remember back in 1983 arriving at the Lincoln […]

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Jesus: The Tomb Raider

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A sermon based on Luke 8:26-39 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction There are plenty of events in the life and ministry of Jesus that it would be neat to be at. Imagine what it […]

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Jesus in the Storm

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 8:22-25 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Have you ever been in a scary situation in which things seemed out of control? While I can think of some pretty […]

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What is the Kingdom of God?

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 in […]

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What is Sin?

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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 did […]

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Abortion and Euthanasia

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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 important, […]

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Spiritual Warfare

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 a […]

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What is a Sharing Church?

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A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction We have been looking at the mission of Queen Street Baptist Church. We have looked at our qualities as a welcoming, growing and worshiping church. We […]

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What is a Worshiping Church?

Queen Street Baptist Church

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Queen Street Baptist Church has identified itself as a worshiping community. It is hardly controversial that a church would want to be active in worship, and […]

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What is a Growing Church?

Growing Church

A sermon based on Philippians 1:3-11 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction As a child, I was usually the smallest of any of the students in my class. This sometimes made me a bit […]

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What is a Welcoming Church?

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A sermon on Matthew 11:28-30 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is true for both individuals and churches. I remember when Amanda […]

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Are We Listening?

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A sermon based on Luke 8:1-15 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Relationships depend on communication. That is a basic fact. Show me any relationship that is struggling, and you will find there is […]

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Love and Thankfulness

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 7:36-50 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction People either love surprises or hate them. In many cases it depends on the nature of the surprise. I remember coming home […]

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Faith, Doubt and the Unexpected

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A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church on Luke 7:18-28. Introduction Would you describe yourself as gullible or skeptical? I must confess that one of my guilty privileges is having fun with gullible people. […]

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I Believe. Yes, Sir!

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A message based on Luke 7:1-10 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction What would it take to amaze you? Depending on your life experience, it might be difficult for you to be surprised or taken […]

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The Secret to Living the Christian Life

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A sermon based on Luke 6:43-49 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction When I talk to skeptics about why they reject Christianity, their responses generally fall into two camps. One, which I’m not going to […]

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To Judge or Not to Judge

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A sermon based on Luke 6:37-42 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction It has been observed that we live in a post-Christian society, where many people both inside and outside the church are not […]

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Tough Love: What Does It Mean To Love Our Enemies?

Love

A sermon based on Luke 6:27-36 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I don’t think that I need to preach too hard on the importance of love. I’m sure that there are very few […]

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4 Things You Need to Know About the Resurrection

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This is the Easter sermon that I preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Easter Sunday is by far my favourite Sunday of the entire year. Christmas is wonderful with all of the carols and nativities […]

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What is So Triumphal About the Triumphal Entry?

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A sermon based on Mark 11:1-11 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I have been stuck in traffic many times in my life. Once I was even an hour and a half late for […]

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Blessings and Woes in an Upside Down World

Blessings and Woes

A sermon that looks at the blessings and woes in Luke 6:17-26 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction God bless you! When are you most likely to hear that? While we should hear it a […]

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What is a Baptist?

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This is a sermon that was preached at Queen Street Baptist Church as part of CBOQ Sunday. Introduction This is Queen Street Baptist Church. Queen Street BAPTIST Church. We belong to the Canadian BAPTISTS of […]

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Give It a Rest

Rest

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on Luke 6:1-11. Introduction Having moved back to St. Catharines, it has brought back a lot of memories of the way things used to be. What […]

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The Miracle Worker

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A sermon based on Luke 5:12-32 preached at Queen St Baptist Church. Introduction There have been a number of movies that have stuck with me as having a real impact. One of those movies was […]

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All You Need is Love

Love

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on 1 John 4:7-12. Introduction If we were to tune into a random radio station, how long do you think it would take for us to […]

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Caught in Jesus’ Net

Jesus

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on Luke 5:1-11. Introduction I have accomplished many things in my life that I never thought that I would. I never thought I would write a book. […]

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So You Think You Know Jesus?

Jesus

A sermon I preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on Luke 4:14-30. Introduction What we are going to be looking at today is the story of Jesus returning to his hometown of Nazareth and the […]

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Trusting Like Jesus

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This is a sermon titled “Trusting Like Jesus” based on Luke 4:1-13 that I preached at Queen St Baptist Church. Introduction One of the things that I really love about the Bible is that there […]

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Repent!

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“Repent” is a sermon I preached at Queen Street Baptist Church based on Luke 3:1-14 Introduction A pastor colleague suggested that my first sermon as the pastor of QSBC should be on John the Baptist’s […]

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A Gospel for Everyone

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Gospel of Luke: A Gospel for Everyone preached at Queen Street Baptist Church Acts 2:14-21 Introduction There are so many things that we as a Christian congregation could look at. We have 66 books of the […]

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Apologetics in the Real World

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1 Peter 3:13-16 Introduction I have many roles in my life of ministry. I am a guest preacher, a Bible college teacher, an army chaplain and a writer. One of the roles that I really […]

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Faith Test: Truth

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1 John 5:1-12 Introduction   As we come to the end of our series on 1 John, we have seen that John expects certain things to go along with the faith. We are to take […]

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The Lord is With You

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This is the sermon I preached for the 160th anniversary of Woodford Baptist Church. Judges 6:11-18 Introduction Of all the judges, Gideon is one of my favourites. Most of the other judges are fairly one-dimensional […]

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Faith Test: Love

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1 John 2:7-11; 3:11-20 Introduction Last time we discovered that one of the tests for faith is that of sin. However, Christianity is not as simple as just avoiding sin. Christianity is much more complex. […]

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I’ve Got the Power!

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A sermon I preached at Toronto Chinese Baptist Church. Genesis 45:1-11 Introduction I need to make a confession about one of the most satisfying experiences that I had as a teenager. As a child, I […]

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Watch Your Tongue

James

A message based on James 3:1-12. Introduction I love to have opportunities to preach. It is such an honour to be able to dig into the Scriptures and to build bridges between the original context […]

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How Do You Recognize a Good Church?

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A sermon preached at First Baptist Church based on Acts 4:32-35. Introduction Sometimes we have preconceived ideas about what something looks like. I remember the first time I met Mike Allen, the former padre in […]

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Beware the Grasshoppers

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A sermon based on Numbers 13:1-3, 25-33 preached at First Baptist Church Meaford. Introduction Can you remember doing something for the first time and feeling inadequate? There are so many times that I can’t even count them. […]

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What are You Made Of?

This is my sermon from this morning at Queensway Baptist Church. 2 Timothy 2:20-21 Introduction Change is not something that comes easily. I have sometimes joked that I don’t mind change as long as it […]

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What Noise Are You Making?

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This is a sermon that I preached at the 161st anniversary service at First Baptist Church, Owen Sound. Ezra 3:10-13 Introduction Anniversaries are special events for churches, something that not every tradition understands. An anniversary […]

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Knowing Our Place

Romans 11 Introduction Know your place!  Have you ever heard someone say such a thing?  Such a concept could be terribly abused.  In more innocent forms, it could be used by parents to try and […]

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Preach the Gospel

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Romans 10 Introduction Pastors are well aware that there are certain subjects that congregations do not like to hear sermons on.  One of those topics is that of hell.  The entire concept of hell is […]

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A Gospel of Hope and Power

Romans 1:8-17 Introduction What is it that you are really passionate about?  For many people, it would be family.  We love our spouse, our children and grand children.  Nothing makes us happier than to be […]

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Cross of Suffering

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Introduction Good Friday is about remembering Jesus’ death on the cross.  The cross is central to the Christian hope.  But why did Jesus die and why do we consider that death good?  Many Christians would […]

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Dead Faith

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James 2:14-26 Introduction One of the distinctives of Christianity is that we believe that salvation is by faith alone.  There is no religious ritual or level of good deeds that will bring about our salvation.  […]

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A New Start

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Luke 19:1-10 Introduction New Years is a time for people to think of new beginnings.  People think about losing weight, working out, quitting smoking, picking up a hobby and so on.  That is a good […]

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The Big House

Big House

2 Chronicles 6:1-21 Introduction I was raised as a church-going kid.  But even that statement says something about how we thought.  The Bible speaks of the church as the Christian people but in my mind […]

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Christ in Crisis

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Mark 14:32-42 Introduction What has been the hardest moment in your life?  It may have been the death of a loved one.  It may have been your own struggle with illness and the uncertainty about […]

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What is Prayer?

Prayer

Matthew 6:5-15 Introduction When someone is going through a hard time, I encourage them to pray.  I stand by that advice as God can far better care for a person than I can with any […]

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The Cost of Faith

“To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my […]

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Body Building

Body

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by […]

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Did Jesus Die on the Cross and Rise Again?

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1 Corinthians 2:1-2, 15:12-17 Introduction Have you ever been in some sort of sales transaction or contract? All sorts of details are being presented and the other person goes on and on and on. As […]

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Is Jesus God?

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Introduction Growing up, I heard a lot about Jesus. I read the stories and learned the parables. But my knowledge of the nature of Jesus was deficient at best. I had heard of the Trinity […]

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