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Give It a Rest 0

Give It a 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....

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All You Need is Love 0

All You Need is 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...

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Caught in Jesus’ Net 0

Caught in Jesus’ Net

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...

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So You Think You Know Jesus? 1

So You Think You Know 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...

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Repent! 1

Repent!

“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...

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A Gospel for Everyone 0

A Gospel for Everyone

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...

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Spectrum – Autism Resource 0

Spectrum – Autism Resource

If you are interested in issues surrounding autism and the church, I recommend Ron Sandison’s Spectrum website. Ron is a Christian speaker and author and has much to give to the church. Ron also...

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman 0

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

Good news to hear that work on the Wonder Woman movie has begun. Almost 75 years in the making… #WonderWoman is underway. pic.twitter.com/jCa0qRzuW8 — Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) November 21, 2015

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Purging of Comics But Not Memories 0

Purging of Comics But Not Memories

I have collected comics since the early 70s. While I quit collecting comics when I got married (2000), that still left me with many boxes of a comic books. Now it is time for...

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Jessica Jones – Review 0

Jessica Jones – Review

I watched the first episode of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix tonight. I must confess that I have no familiarity of the comic book version and so I had no expectations. The basic premise...

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10 Asperger’s Symptoms 0

10 Asperger’s Symptoms

This is an interesting video but I need to say that these symptoms are not universal. This is what this young man experiences but another person may have different experiences.

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Autism and Emotion 0

Autism and Emotion

I was once told by a well meaning lady that it must be tough to have children that I cannot connect with emotionally. I was really taken off guard as that is not my...

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Two New X-Men-Related TV Shows 0

Two New X-Men-Related TV Shows

Between Marvel and DC, television is filled with superhero shows. That number is about to increase by two. Marvel and Fox are working on two new series related to the X-Men. They are the...

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My Thoughts on Daredevil 0

My Thoughts on Daredevil

As I have mentioned before, I was a long-time comic collector and I currently enjoy superhero movies. When I heard about the Daredevil TV series, I was somewhat interested. I was always more of...

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What I Wish DC Had Done With the Green Lantern Movie 0

What I Wish DC Had Done With the Green Lantern Movie

Before Man of Steel was starting off the DC Universe, Green Lantern was going to do it. It was an exciting time having Hal Jordan on the big screen, making us imagine the possibilities...

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What Nonverbal Does Not Mean 1

What Nonverbal Does Not Mean

Two of my children are considered nonverbal. I find that there is a lot of confusion as to what that means. Some think it means the same as being mute. In this post I...

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Giving Gotham a Chance 0

Giving Gotham a Chance

I did not watch Gotham when it first came out as we only have Netflix. When I saw that Netflix had Gotham, I was quite excited as I really liked the premise behind the...

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A New Star Trek TV Series is Coming 0

A New Star Trek TV Series is Coming

I just read this important announcement from Star Trek.com. You can find the full statement here. We have gone long enough without a Star Trek TV series. Are you excited? CBS Television Studios announced...

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One of the Best Comic Book Stories 0

One of the Best Comic Book Stories

One of the best comic books stories that I have ever read was published in the 1980s. I was collecting the Legion of Superheroes at was possibly the best time in their long publication...

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What a Visit With Our Children With Autism Looks Like 0

What a Visit With Our Children With Autism Looks Like

We have two children with autism, both on the severe side, both considered nonverbal. They live in a group home together with two other children. We try to have them over for a visit...

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A Krypton TV Series 2

A Krypton TV Series

One of my favourite parts of the Man of Steel movie were the scenes set on Krypton. I really liked how they re-imagined Superman’s home world. I noticed some things inspired by John Byrne’s...

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What to Expect From Aquaman 0

What to Expect From Aquaman

I have always felt sorry for Aquaman. While he has plenty of potential and is one of DC’s most well known heroes, he is often considered a bit of a joke. Aquaman, played by...

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Captain America – 1944 Serial 0

Captain America – 1944 Serial

I love the old serials from 1940’s. There is a great pacing that makes up for their other issues. I have seen a number of them including Batman and Flash Gordon. Thankfully you can...

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Bill Finger Acknowledged as Co-Creator of Batman 0

Bill Finger Acknowledged as Co-Creator of Batman

In almost every Batman comic, Batman movie and Batman TV series, you will see a reference to Bob Kane as creator of Batman. That is correct as far as it goes but it is...

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Superman in the New Supergirl TV Series 0

Superman in the New Supergirl TV Series

Are you excited about the new Supergirl TV series? Superman (and Superboy) have had their share of TV series and so it is nice for his cousin to get a chance. But what role...

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Stamp Day for Superman 0

Stamp Day for Superman

I grew up watching the Superman TV series starring George Reeves. I was always excited when flipping through the channels and this show came up.

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The New Female Wolverine 0

The New Female Wolverine

First Thor became a woman. Now it’s Wolverine’s turn. Logan may be gone but there is a new Wolverine to take his place. From the Marvel website: She was created to destroy. But with...

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The Rise of Lex Luthor, Jr. 0

The Rise of Lex Luthor, Jr.

If you were among the many who thought that Jesse Eisenberg was a strange choice for Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman, things might be starting to make sense. The problem of course is...

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The Legacy of Smallville 0

The Legacy of Smallville

Superhero fans today may take it for granted that there are good shows like S.H.I.E.L.D, Arrow, Daredevil, Flash, Gotham and so on. But it was not always so. One of the first shows to...

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5 DC Movies I Would Like to See 0

5 DC Movies I Would Like to See

DC Comics have been working hard to try and catch up to Marvel when it comes to movies. The Batman movies were hits. Green Lantern stumbled (but not as bad as many people say)....

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New Digital Wonder Woman Series 0

New Digital Wonder Woman Series

For all you Wonder Woman fans, DC Comics has a great announcement. For our Digital fans, January also brings a new Digital First series featuring the Amazon warrior princess herself, WONDER WOMAN! THE LEGEND...

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Hulk to Appear in Next Thor Movie 0

Hulk to Appear in Next Thor Movie

After a couple of Hulk movies it seemed as if Marvel was not sure what to do with the green giant. Then the Avengers and Mark Ruffalo appeared and suddenly Hulk was a fan...

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Me and Sgt Rock 0

Me and Sgt Rock

I have been reading comics since the early 70s. It was a great time to be into comics. But I have a confession to make. I was not interested in superheroes. I had a...

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5 Reasons I am Glad I Have an Autism Diagnosis 0

5 Reasons I am Glad I Have an Autism Diagnosis

I was diagnosed with autism at the age of 46. Why would I do such a thing at my advanced age? My doctor didn’t suggest it. It was all my idea. In addition, it...

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Vilifying People With Autism 0

Vilifying People With Autism

One of the most disturbing things that I have encountered recently has been the creation of a Facebook page, “Families Against Autistic Shooters.” To find out background on this situation, read this article. I...

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My Autism and My Faith 0

My Autism and My Faith

I have heard from some people with autism that faith can be difficult. I have also heard from parents concerned about how to explain Christian faith to their child with autism. I have blogged...

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Autism Studies (Distance Learning) 0

Autism Studies (Distance Learning)

If you are looking for training in autism studies, there are a number of options. One is to study at the University of Kent in the UK. They have a few programs, that seem...

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Love Wins 0

Love Wins

Rob Bell, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. New York: HarperCollins, 2011. xi+202 pp. Hbk. There have been few books in recent times as...

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Science and Religion 0

Science and Religion

Daniel C. Dennett and Alvin Plantinga, Science and Religion:  Are They Compatible? (Point/Counterpoint Series)  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2011.  96 pp. At an American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting in 2009, two starkly...

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Generation Ex-Christian 0

Generation Ex-Christian

Drew Dyck, Generation Ex-Christian: Why Young Adults are Leaving the Faith…and How to Bring them Back.  Moody: Chicago, 2010. 208 pp. Pbk. Generation Ex-Christian is a thoughtful, well-researched, practical guide on why Generation Y or...

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Think and Live 1

Think and Live

Paul Hughes (ed.). Think and Live: Challenging Believers to Think and Thinkers to Believe. Las Vegas: Anderson-Noble, 2011. 161 pp. Pbk. The subtitle of this book, Challenging Believers to Think and Thinkers to Believe,...

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Genesis of Science 0

Genesis of Science

James Hannam, The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution (Washington: Regnery Publishing, 2011) 448pp. With the rise of the New Atheists, the idea that religion “teaches us to...

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The Rage Against God 1

The Rage Against God

Peter Hitchens, The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me To Faith. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010. 224 pp. Hbk. Atheism in the twenty-first-century is a facile form of its counterpart from a previous generation....

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The Next Story 0

The Next Story

Tim Challies, The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. 204 pp. Reading Tim Challies’ new book, The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion, my...

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Christian Apologetics: Past & Present 0

Christian Apologetics: Past & Present

Christian Apologetics: Past & Present: A Primary Source Reader: Volume 1: To 1500. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Publishers, 2009. 498 pp. Hdbk. Since its start, the Christian church has needed and used apologetics. The New...

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Through Western Eyes 0

Through Western Eyes

Robert Letham, Through Western Eyes: Eastern Orthodoxy: A Reformed Perspective. Fern, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 2007. 319 pp. Pbk. Christians in the West have little understanding of Eastern Orthodoxy. Though at odds, Roman Catholics...

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Why God Won’t Go Away 0

Why God Won’t Go Away

Alister McGrath. Why God Won’t Go Away: Is the New Atheism Running on Empty? (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2011), 191 pp. Pbk. Why God Won’t Go Away is Alister McGrath’s latest engagement with what has been...

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Finding Truth 0

Finding Truth

Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2015. 384 pp, hardcover. There are few, if any, modern defenders of the faith who...

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Introducing Paul 0

Introducing Paul

Michael F. Bird, Introducing Paul: The Man, His Mission, His Message. Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2007. 209 pp. Pbk. Truly, no evangelist had more impact on Christianity than Paul. Yet despite his prominence in...

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In Defence of the Bible 0

In Defence of the Bible

Steven B. Cowan & Terry L. Wilder, (eds.) In Defense of the Bible: A Comprehensive Apologetic for the Authority of Scripture. B&H Academic, 2013. 490 pp. What do a Bible, a treadmill, and a...

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A Faith Not Worth Fighting For 0

A Faith Not Worth Fighting For

Tripp York and Justin Bronson Barringer (eds.). A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions About Christian Nonviolence (Eugene: Cascade, 2012), 243 pp. Pbk. When it comes to issues of nonviolence and...

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Seeking God: A Mystic’s Way 0

Seeking God: A Mystic’s Way

Michael H. Mitias. Seeking God: A Mystics Way (Eugene: Resource Publications, 2012), 198 pp. Pbk. Mysticism is a dirty word for many Christians. Unfortunately, that is often because few Christians know what mysticism even...

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Theology of B.B. Warfield 0

Theology of B.B. Warfield

Fred G. Zaspel, The Theology of B. B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary (Wheaton: Crossway, 2010); 624 pp. Hdbk. Slowly but surely historians and theologians are starting to provide a proper assessment of the legacy...

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Can I Be a Pastor and Autistic? 1

Can I Be a Pastor and Autistic?

One of the reasons that some people are surprised by my autism diagnosis is my history of Christian ministry. I have worked as a pastor, chaplain and Bible teacher. All of those roles require...

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How Can I Have Autism When I am So Normal? 1

How Can I Have Autism When I am So Normal?

I have had a number of people find it hard to believe that I have been diagnosed with autism when I am so normal. There are two errors in this thinking. One is a...

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Autism Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate 0

Autism Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate

I am always on the watch for educational opportunities for people working with people with autism. Mohawk College offers an Autism Behavioural Science Graduate Certificate. This certificate is available online but you can also...

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I’m Not Unfriendly, I Have Autism 0

I’m Not Unfriendly, I Have Autism

I can only speak for myself, although I have heard of similar stories from other people with autism. I can sometimes come across as unfriendly. I seem eager to end the conversation and move...

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5 Things You Need to Know About Faith and Autism 0

5 Things You Need to Know About Faith and Autism

One of the most common questions I get is about how people with autism understand faith. At first I tried to guess from my children with autism, which is hard because they are both...

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Autism Support Training Certificate Program 0

Autism Support Training Certificate Program

Do you work with people with autism, either children or adult? You may be interested in this certificate program from the University of New Brunswick. It can be completed in six months on a...

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A New Perspective 0

A New Perspective

I have been interested in and active in speaking about autism for some time. Two of our children (ages 14 & 12) have autism. It just makes sense that I would want to promote...

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Tyndale Research in Autism and Community Education 0

Tyndale Research in Autism and Community Education

Tyndale University College (where I am a sessional lecturer) offers a special autism program called Tyndale Research in Autism and Community Education or TRACE. They do research into autism intervention and also offer an...

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