Should Parents Call Themselves Autism Moms and Dads?

Disability and Faith

I have recently come across comments by people on the Autism Spectrum Disorder who find the labels “autism mom” and “autism dad” offensive. This rather surprised me. The idea is that autism belongs to the […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. What Every Apologist Needs to Know About 1 Peter 3:15 – Mikel Del Rosario Assessing Aquinas – Isaac Pain Concepts Create Idols – Nate Sala […]

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Disability and the Way of Jesus – Review

Disability and Faith

Two of the biggest interests in my life are biblical studies and disability theology. Disability and the Way of Jesus by Bethany McKinney Fox satisfied both those needs. This is a very important book for developing […]

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Is Canada Arresting Christian Pastors and Banning Public Preaching?

Apologetics and Theology

My newsfeed has included a lot of posts about the recent arrest of David Lynn, a Christian evangelist. He had been preaching on the streets of a largely gay neighbourhood in Toronto during Pride Month. […]

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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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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. 7 Good Reasons Why I’ve Stayed In Ministry for 37 Years – Dan Reiland My First Days As a Pastor – Darryl Dash Nicodemus and […]

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How Scotiabank Taught Me About Leadership

Leadership and Ministry

Scotiabank, the bank we use, recently updated their mobile app. Not surprisingly, there were some glitches. I went on Twitter and found it was not just me but plenty of people were complaining about the […]

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D-Day and the Kingdom of God

Apologetics and Theology

As I write this, it is the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy. I have great interest in this as a student of military history. But this is not my Second World War […]

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SWWP 11 – And So It Begins

Second World War

The beginning of the Second World War is generally understood as being at the invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany in September, 1939. Hitler created an excuse for invading and unleashed his forces on an […]

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The Sounds of Autism

Disability and Faith

I recently mentioned that we had a great service at our church this past Sunday. One of the things that made it a good service was a family that was visiting. This family happened to […]

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Surviving D-Day

Second World War

Perhaps one of the most epic battles in any war was that of D-Day. Technically d-day means that day of any particular event but June 6, 1944 was so important that we know what is […]

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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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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts to check out. 5 Brain-Savvy Tips that Improve Team Creativity – Charles Stone Your Most Important Message – Gary Hoag 10 Things to Do When Your Christian Life Has Become […]

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Is Ontario Considering Legislation Criminalizing Public Displays of Faith?

Apologetics and Theology

I recently came across an article titled Ontario Considers Legislation Criminalizing Public Displays of Faith for Christians by “Activist Mommy.” As a resident of Ontario and as a Christian pastor, this got my attention. I would […]

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Animated Explanation of Autism

Disability and Faith

There has been much work done on autism awareness but there is still a long way to go. This is a great little video on autism. I love how it doesn’t present autism as something […]

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What Kind of Blog Post Titles Get Read Most?

Blogging and Writing

I have been blogging a long time. I have noticed that some of my most popular blog posts have something in common. And this is their titles are in the form of a question. As […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to take a look at. Who Created God? – Chad Gross Thinking practically about the gospel with an illustration from a war movie – Wintery Knight Book Review: […]

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Swamp Thing – Trailer

Comic Book Geek

I have really been enjoying the new DC TV series such as Titans and Doom Patrol. It looks like Swamp Thing will continue the tradition of quality. Swamp Thing was once of the most popular […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Four

Apologetics and Theology

It has been quite a few weeks, but I finally had another opportunity to visit with a pair of Jehovah’s witnesses again. Once again, our conversation revolved around the nature of the kingdom of God. […]

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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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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. How to be a Kingdom Seeker and Not An Empire Builder – Steve Brown Ten Common Pastoral Care Challenges Pastors Face – Thom Rainer 3 […]

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Did Disabilities Win the Game of Thrones?

Disability and Faith

I found the final episode of Game of Thrones interesting on a number of levels. One of those was the way disabilities were portrayed, not just throughout the series, but in the conclusion. NOTE: SPOILERS […]

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Star Trek: Picard – Trailer

Comic Book Geek

I loved watching Star Trek: The Next Generation when it first aired. I recently rewatched the series and loved it again. Picard was an incredible captain, arguably better than Kir. But that was then. This […]

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Growing Young – Review

Leadership and Ministry

Most churches feel like they are growing old. But what if we could grow young? That is the topic of Growing Young by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin. They are all involved in […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Coming to Terms with the Problem of Evil – Randal Rauser A Look at William Lane Craig’s Comment: “The Ultimate Apologetic is Your Life” – […]

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A Picture of What Ministry Can Look Like

Leadership and Ministry

At Queen Street Baptist Church we have been running a ministry on Saturday nights for our downtown community. My wife Amanda gives leadership to both the worship service and the meal that takes place there, […]

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Game of Thrones: Season 8 – Review

Comic Book Geek

This is NOT at spoiler-free review of the final season of Game of Thrones. If you intend to watch Game of Thrones and have not watched all the episodes, STOP READING THIS POST. The long-awaited […]

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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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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. Building Purpose Driven Churches the Jesus Way – Tom Holladay Clarity and then Cleverness – Philip Nation 7 Contradictory Cultural Trends – And 7 Ways […]

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The Family – Review

Leadership and Ministry

I have been doing some research on Family Ministry and came across The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home by Jack and Judith Balswick. This book covers so many topics concerning families, including […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. Let Your Kids Ask ANY Question They Have – Travis Dickinson Is religious experience just brain activity? – Sharon Dirckx Competitive Endogenous RNA Hypothesis Supports […]

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Atheists and the Jesus Myth

Apologetics and Theology

A recent Twitter poll by philosopher Stephen Law asked atheists about their belief in the existence of God. The results were interesting. Atheists only: do you believe Jesus was real, that Jesus is a myth, […]

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The Birth of the Nazis – Review

Second World War

How did we get from World War One to World War Two? Most people have a vague understanding of the rise of Adolf Hitler. Germany was suffering economically and emotionally from their defeat in the […]

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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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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. How to Respond to Stupid Suggestions – Dan Rockwell Four Ways Language Sustains Your Culture – Steven Ackley How to Have an Insignificant Ministry – […]

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What I Wish Pro-Choice People Understood

Apologetics and Theology

Today I heard the criticisms of a pro-choice politician against a pro-life politician. The one politician had spoken at a pro-life rally and the other accused of him of being “anti-women and anti-choice.” The goal […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Progress in Defining “Being Alive” – Wesley J. Smith Convince Me There’s A God: The New Testament Part 8 – Mark McGee Friedrich Max Müller […]

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Remembering Jean Vanier

Disability and Faith

One of the Christians that I have tremendous respect for is Jean Vanier. I was sad to hear of his death. Even at 90, he had so much to teach us. The L’Arche website describes […]

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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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Different Kinds of Atheists

Apologetics and Theology

You meet a person who identifies as an atheist. But what does that mean? Obviously it means they don’t believe in God. But it is actually much more complicated than that. How do I know? […]

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What Theological Education Should a Pastor Get?

Leadership and Ministry

I would like to say as much as possible but it really depends. The more the better but life circumstances can limit how much formal education some can get. The first question to ask is […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Do Christian Parents Have to be Perfect? – Michael Kruger Biblical Archaeology with Dr. Ted Wright – Misty Callahan How Can We Instill a Faith […]

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Is It Time to Start Blogging?

Blogging and Writing

Have you ever considered starting a blog? You don’t have to be the perfect writer or technology expert to start blogging. Here are some questions to ask: Is there a topic that you are passionate […]

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Avengers: Endgame – Review

Comic Book Geek

I believe that Avengers: Endgame is one of the most anticipated movies in recent years. In some ways it is the conclusion to a long series of Marvel movies. It also is the conclusion to […]

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Restless Faith – Review

Apologetics and Theology

I continue to hold onto the label ‘evangelical’ even though I know there is a lot of baggage that is accompanied with that. I consider myself to be a moderate, which can be lonely. I’m […]

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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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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. Criticism: How to Handle Your Critics Like a Pro – Carey Nieuwhof 5 Really Tough Decisions Pastors Make – Dan Reiland 3 Practical Challenges of […]

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Fear the Walking Dead: Season Four – Review

Comic Book Geek

I have been enjoying Fear the Walking Dead since the beginning. While I think the original series is great, Fear has had a fresher feel. A smaller cast has allowed us to invest more in […]

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A Theology of the New Testament – Review

Apologetics and Theology

I recently read George Eldon Ladd’s A Theology of the New Testament. This book has been on my shelf for quite a while but I was looking forward to reading it. I was not disappointed. […]

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5 Reasons I’m Glad I Quit Pastoral Ministry

Leadership and Ministry

No this is not an announcement that I’m quitting ministry or resigning from my church. This is a reflection about a decision I made just over six years ago. I resigned from the churches I […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that I came across this week. Book Review: So The Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World by Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace – Alisa […]

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Star Trek Discovery: Season Two – Review

Comic Book Geek

I have been a Star Trek fan for many years. I can honestly say that Discovery is one of my favourite series in the franchise. One of the criticisms I have heard is that Discovery […]

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The Influence Behind C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis and Friends

One of the podcasts I listen to regularly is 5 Minutes in Church History. It is a nice quick introduction to different topics related to Christian history. A recent episode looked at C.S. Lewis, more […]

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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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Where Was Jesus Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday?

Apologetics and Theology

Christians focus on the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday: the death and resurrection of Jesus. But where was Jesus between those two events? The easy answer is the grave. However, when people ask […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. How productivity helps you pray – Matt Perman Real Hope for Real Life – Bill Finch 5 Smarter Ways To Embrace Infrequent Church Attenders – […]

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Did God Abandon Jesus on the Cross?

Apologetics and Theology

One of the most powerful moments in the passion narrative is when Jesus on the cross calls out to his Father. Matthew records it this way: About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. Hail Scientism! (But only when it’s convenient…) – Steve Schramm Apologetics and the Indoctrinated American Atheist – Randal Rauser A Hypothetical Discussion Between a Skeptic […]

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The Cross and Cosmic Child Abuse

Apologetics and Theology

The cross (along with the resurrection) is the central theme of Christianity. There is a reason that Christians use a cross as our symbol. But is the cross a good or bad thing? Some skeptics […]

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POWER Apologetics

Apologetics and Theology

One of the things that I enjoy writing about is the practical application of apologetics. Knowing specific arguments is not effective if we don’t have a healthy model for apologetics. Thinking about apologetics, I came […]

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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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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Trailer

Comic Book Geek

Star Wars has been a part of most of my life. Some movies have been better than others but Episode IX looks very good.

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Reflections on a Recent Funeral

Disability and Faith

I recently did a funeral for a member of our church named Dianne. I didn’t know Dianne well, as her health didn’t allow her to attend much since I became the pastor. I did know […]

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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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Midweek Apologetics Roundip

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that you should check out. The women of the Bible have so much to teach us – why aren’t we listening? – Danielle Welch Life Requires Galactic and Supergalactic Habitable Zones […]

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5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them – Review

Leadership and Ministry

Pastoral ministry is one of the most rewarding careers and yet it has its share of difficulties. As long as we allow people in churches, pastoral ministry will be messy. However, if we are not […]

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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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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts that I came across this week. 21 Ways to Keep a Church from Growing – Ron Edmondson Shazam and the Power of Word – Russell Moore Ten Reasons the Formerly […]

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Joker – Official Trailer

Comic Book Geek

I actually liked the version of the Joker in Suicide Squad. But DC is doing a movie focused on the Joker, unrelated to anything that has gone on before. Joaquin Phoenix is bringing his unique style […]

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Historical Footage of General George Patton

Second World War

One of the most colourful figures of the Second World War was General George S. Patton. Here is some historical footage of Patton talking about the accomplishments of the Third Army.

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts that are worth checking out. Christianity’s Core Belief – Part 4 – Mark McGee The Waiting Time Problem Makes Darwinism Bunk, Here’s Why – Daniel Currier What is the ‘Language […]

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Should You Wear Blue on World Autism Awareness Day?

Disability and Faith

Many people, especially those with friends or family with autism, wear blue on World Autism Awareness Day (April 2). It is a way to raise awareness and show support to those with autism. But did […]

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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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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. 5 Ways to Lead When You’re Not in Charge – Maina Mwaura Mothers are Drowning in Stress—Here are 6 Ways Your Church Can Help – Tara Beth […]

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What’s the Difference Between the Bible and Lord of the Rings?

Apologetics and Theology

The two books that I have read and reread the most are the Bible and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Recently, a skeptic asked me why we should read the Bible any differently than […]

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Including People With Disabilities in Faith Communities – Review

Disability and Faith

One of the most important issues for me is to make sure that people with disabilities are welcomed into our churches. One person who has done a lot of work in this area is Erik […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts for you to check out. What Does God Need With a Starship? – Mark Goodnight Book Plunge: Religious Epistemology – Nick Peters When Indifference to Sin is Sin – Doug […]

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A Helpful Exercise For My Preaching

Leadership and Ministry

While pastoring is more than preaching, developing my preaching skills is high on my priorities. There is one thing I do that I find is very helpful in this area. I always write out a […]

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What Churches Need to Know About People With Disabilities

Disability and Faith

Yesterday, we had a town hall meeting at our church. This was to look at, among other things, ways we do outreach and ways we welcome. Numerous topics came up and one of them was […]

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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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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Review

Comic Book Geek

To be honest, I didn’t really feel the draw when I saw the trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I’m enjoying the current Tom Holland live-action Spider-Man movies and wasn’t looking for anything different. I […]

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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts I came across this week. Seven Surprising Ways to Prepare Yourself to Share the Gospel – Kevin G. Harney The Danger of Veneered Christianity – Jeff K. Clarke In Church […]

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Science and the Soul

Apologetics and Theology

I was reading Consciousness: A Very Short Introduction and I came across this quote by Susan Blackmore: If each person has a spirit or soul, as well as a brain, then science ought to be […]

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Perspectives on Family Ministry – Review

Leadership and Ministry

I began my pastoral career as a youth pastor. The model we worked with was that you had specific ministries for children, youth, young adults, young families, men, women and seniors. Dividing up according to […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. What Is Modal Realism? – Adrian Urias Don’t Assume Non-Christians are Atheists – Logan Judy How Can I Trust the Gospel Accounts When Some Are […]

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The C.S. Lewis Bible – Review

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Some time ago I was browsing a second-hand store and spotted a copy of The C.S. Lewis Bible. I have devoted my life to studying and teaching the Bible and C.S. Lewis is one of […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Three

Apologetics and Theology

This morning I had my third meeting with some Jehovah’s Witnesses. It has been the same lead person each of the three visits, but a different helper each time. I had mentioned last time that […]

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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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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts for you to check out. Are You Forgetting the People in the Pews While Growing Your Church? – John Bosman Adaptive Decision Making, Change, and Leadership – Part 1 – […]

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What is the Kingdom of God?

Apologetics and Theology

Although the Kingdom of God is not often talked about in churches today, it was the main topic of Jesus’ preaching. I believe that an understanding of the Kingdom is essential for Christians. Some people […]

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Captain Marvel – Review

Comic Book Geek

Marvel finally has released a movie with a female lead. While there are some great female superheroes, they chose to go with Captain Marvel, which seems to have been a good decision. Captain Marvel has […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Here are some apologetics-related posts I came across this week. What is Substitutionary Atonement? – Jonathan Morrow God Directed or Human Orchestrated? – Bob Eckhard Was Stalin an atheist? Is atheism or communism responsible for […]

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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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Mere Discipleship – Review

Apologetics and Theology

One of the topics that I’m most interested in is discipleship and one of my favourite contemporary authors is Alister McGrath. So I was pretty happy when I received Alister McGrath’s Mere Discipleship. What did […]

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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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Weekend Leadership Roundup

Leadership and Ministry

Here are some leadership posts that I came across this week. The Positive Side of Leading Under Pressure – Brandon Cox 5 Simple Ways to Assess The Effectiveness of Your Leadership – Carey Nieuwhof What […]

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Conversations With Jehovah’s Witnesses – Part Two B

Jehovah's Witnesses

The first part of our conversation was about the Tetragrammaton in the New Testament. While there is some rhetorical effect here, it is not an essential goal for my conversation with Jehovah’s Witnesses. That is […]

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Christ on the Psych Ward – Review

Disability and Faith

One of the most important conversations needed in the church is that of mental illness. There are different ways we can do this. It can be by describing the facts of mental illness or telling […]

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Midweek Apologetics Roundup

Apologetics and Theology

Go and check out these apologetics-related posts. Straight Thinking: St. Augustine on Three Aspects of Creation – Kenneth Samples How to Avoid Despair at Our Crumbling Culture – Sean McDowell An Apologetic for Apologetics with […]

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