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: 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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Proud of Amanda

Good News

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 against […]

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Good News: Amanda is Recovering Well

Good News

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 before […]

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Good News: Blessed With a Great Wife

Good News

I have been experiencing a flare in my sarcoidosis in recent months. A month or so ago my respirologist increased my prednisone to try and knock it back into remission. While the prednisone has brought […]

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Good News: Proud of My School Girl

Good News

This spring and summer has been busy for our household. But I say this as good news and not bad news. The good news is that Amanda has started her studies at Brock University. This […]

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Good News: My Wife is an Amazing Mother

Good News

My tendency on Mother’s Day is to focus on how much I miss my own mother, who died almost ten years ago. But in doing that, I would miss the incredible blessing of my wife […]

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Good News: 17 Years!

Good News

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) was […]

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Confessions of an Autism Mom

Autism Blog

I am so thankful for my wife and the way she is able to put into words our experience as autism parents. Amanda recently wrote a post on her blog, describing exactly what I have […]

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Good News: Queen Street Induction

I had a wonderful time tonight at my induction service at Queen Street Baptist Church. An induction is a formal welcoming of a pastor to a church, with commitments being made by both sides. It […]

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Prayer and Fasting | Ramblings about faith, hope and love

This Monday, December 8th, I will be doing something I’ve never actually done before. I will be unplugged from the internet. I will be spending the day writing in my journal, praying for God’s guidance […]

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Advent Reflections. | Ramblings about faith, hope and love

This Sunday is the first of the advent season. Growing up in the Pentecostal church, this is a tradition that I was unfamiliar with until Steve and I were married and I began to attend […]

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Looking After Yourself | Ramblings about faith, hope and love

I am very blessed with the people in my life.  People who remind me to check in with myself, to be real with myself, to stop acting like life isn’t hard.  Life is hard; it […]

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Ramblings of a Mother

One of the best bloggers I know is my wife, Amanda Bedard. She blogs over at Ramblings of a Mother. While she does not blog as often as I do, she blogs much better than […]

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A Preacher in Our Midst

Personal Reflections

Today, Amanda preached at First Baptist Church Welland. It was a wonderful way to celebrate Mother’s Day. Amanda’s parents and grandmother were there to support her as well. Amanda shared about our story, especially that […]

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