Top Five Experiences as an Apologist

Apologist

I have been involved in apologetics almost as long as I have had an adult faith. Apologetics is simply providing reasons for belief. Since I came out of a number of years as an atheist, […]

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Memories in Meaford

Good News

My good news for the week is that I had the opportunity to preach at First Baptist Church Meaford’s 131st anniversary service. Preaching at any anniversary service is an honour, but I especially appreciated this […]

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How Do You Recognize a Good Church?

Sermons

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

Sermons

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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Back to the Pulpit

Today was a fun day. We drove up to Meaford so that I could preach at First Baptist Church. I was the pastor at First Baptist Church for nine years. It has now been a […]

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A Vision For a Healthy Church

This is my final sermon a pastor of First Baptist Church Meaford. Romans 15 Introduction The time has come for my last message to the church.  I wanted to share something that would be helpful […]

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How to Disagree

Romans 14 Introduction In John 17, Jesus prays a prayer for the future church, a prayer that is aimed at us.  In his prayer, Jesus prays for something very specific.  It is not for beautiful […]

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I Can See Clearly Now

Romans 13 Introduction There are a number of moments in my life that were turning points.  One of them was when I got my eyes checked for the first time.  After being encouraged to get […]

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The Power of Love

Romans 12 Introduction There are many things that people of different religions and philosophies disagree on but there is one thing that almost everyone agrees on: the importance of love.  It doesn’t matter of you […]

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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

Sermons

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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Let God Be God

Romans 9 Introduction It is very interesting for me to see the change in perspective from being a son to being a father.  This is especially true with regard to ideas of fairness.  Now things […]

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Abundance of Blessings

Romans 8 Introduction What is Christianity all about?  Is Christianity all about bad news or about good news?  I have seen descriptions of churches that were completely about what they were against and not at […]

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Trapped

Romans 7 Introduction Look at your life.  Is it the way you want it to be?  I do not mean do you have the possessions you want or have you accomplished what you want.  I […]

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Being a Slave

Romans 6:15-23 Introduction How do you understand your relationship with God?  Do you see yourself primarily as a worshipper?  That would mean that your main role would be to praise God.  Do you see yourself […]

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Living in Grace Land

Romans 6:1-14 Introduction I believe that there is one question that is essential for all of us to ask: So what?  You say you love your children?  So, what does that look like in reality?  […]

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Two Men and a Sin Baby

Romans 5:12-21 Introduction Why do things happen to us?  Why do we experience some good things and some bad things?  In our society, we pride ourselves in personal autonomy.  We want to believe that things […]

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Peace and Joy

Romans 5:1-11 Introduction I like it when things make sense.  I enjoy it when things are logical and reasonable.  This is the challenge of being a parent.  Amanda and I look at some of the […]

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Father Abraham

Romans 4 Introduction I find family resemblances to be very fascinating.  Physically, I do not look much like my dad.  However, I am now at the age that my dad was when I have some […]

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Now, the Good News

Romans 3:21-31 Introduction What do you want first?  The good news or the bad news?  Whenever I am asked that question, the answer is very easy.  I want the bad news first.  There are a […]

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So, How Bad Are We?

Romans 3:9-20 Introduction So, how bad are we?  Now that is a dangerous question.  Do we really want to ask that?  Imagine putting yourself out there, taking a risk, and doing something outside your comfort […]

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Faithfulness of God

Romans 3:1-8 Introduction Think about the people you know, your family and friends and acquaintances.  What are the virtues that you value and admire most?  There would be things like politeness and kindness and intelligence […]

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Unmasking Religion

Romans 2:17-29 Introduction How do people feel about religion?  My experience is that people are quick to dismiss “organized religion.”  They don’t mind faith in God or even spirituality but they hate organized religion.  There […]

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The Problem With Judging

Romans 2:1-16 Introduction “Judge not, lest you also be judged.”  These are very well known words, even by people who do not know Jesus spoke them or that they are found in the Bible.  Well […]

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A Bad Exchange Rate

Romans 1:18-32 Introduction Paul’s letter to the Romans is very much about being in right relationship with God.  No matter what subject he is looking at, he connects it to our relationship with God and […]

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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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Miracle of the Incarnation

Romans 1:1-7 Introduction What is it that is essential for us to get right?  Do we need to get the style of our worship music right?  Do we need to get the balance of liturgy […]

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Does God Still Heal?

James 5:13-20 Introduction Each Sunday, we have an opportunity to share our prayer requests.  Very often people share requests for physical healing, either for themselves or for their sick loved ones.  Have you ever thought […]

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Things Are Not What They Seem

Luke 25:13-35 Introduction Have you ever been really down in the dumps?  Have you had your plans, your expectations and things went the complete wrong way?  Have you ever been deeply disappointed?  I think that […]

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Cross of Suffering

Sermons

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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Patience in Suffering

James 5:7-12 Introduction I want you to imagine the perfect life, the life of comfort and ease where everything goes  according to plan and you always get your way.  I want you to take that […]

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You Poor Rich People

James 5:1-6 Introduction What is the purpose of life?  According to one bumper sticker: “The one who dies with the most toys wins.”  Look at almost every area of life and it would seem to […]

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You Want to Do What?

James 4:13-17 Introduction I am a person who always likes a plan.  By a plan, I don’t mean just some general hopes to one day do such and such.  I like timelines and concrete goals.  […]

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How to Become a Muslim

James 4:1-12 Introduction How to become a Muslim?  Did you come to the right place?  I want to reassure you that I am not preaching a form of Chrislam.  Chrislam is a view that puts […]

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So You Want to Be a Wise Guy?

James 3:13-18 Introduction If you could have any of the God-given abilities of people in the Old Testament, who would you want to be like?  You could be like Abraham and Sarah and be able […]

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Dead Faith

Sermons

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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For Richer and Poorer

James 2:1-13 Introduction I want you to imagine the perfect church.  New people would come in and the church would be completely oblivious to their outward appearance or circumstances.  I don’t mean we wouldn’t care […]

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Hearing and Doing

James 1:19-27 Introduction A long time ago there was a man who was very active in church.  He had a great desire to live a life pleasing to God.  There was only one problem.  He […]

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Trial by Fire

James 1:1-18 Introduction Why do bad things happen to good people?  It is a question that has crossed most of our minds.  We have all seen people, that from our perspective, deserve an easier life […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:16-26 Introduction What should the Christian life look like?  That is not an easy question to answer and every tradition has struggled with it.  I can see this in my own church background.  I […]

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The New Covenant

Jeremiah 31:31-34 Introduction I want you to imagine that you were in some serious legal difficulty.  You hire a lawyer and you discover that he is an expert in Canadian law and he has read […]

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A New Start

New Years

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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You Light Up My Life

John 1:1-13 Introduction One of the things that I find very interesting is the near universal fear of darkness, at least at some point in our life.  We do not teach children to fear darkness, […]

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Have Some Faith

Luke 1:5-20, 26-35 Introduction Growing up, I did not realize how easy my parents had it at Christmas.  Since I was an only child, not only was it cheaper to buy presents for only one […]

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Sin is the Reason for the Season

Mark 1:1-8 Introduction What are the images that we have of Christmas?  Probably the typical nativity scene.  We see a proud Joseph and Mary with adoring shepherds and wise men and submissive animals, all surrounding […]

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Notice the Women

Matthew 1:1-18 Introduction Communicators know very well that how you begin greatly affects how people listen to everything else you say.  That is true for how we speak and how we write.  People are looking […]

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Which Way to Heaven?

Acts 16:25-34 Introduction There are things about church that you just do not need to know.  You do not need to know why churches started using pews or organs or why other churches have stopped […]

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Being a Confident Christian

Hebrews 11:1-6 Introduction As a child, I was always someone who was unsure of myself.  It is not that I could not do anything, I just lacked the confidence to try.  The people I envied […]

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A Different Kind of Service

We had a wonderful worship service today at Woodford and First Baptist Church Meaford.  It was a service like I had never been to before and I thought I would share about it here.  We […]

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Experiencing God Without Losing Your Mind

I believe that it is important for us to experience God in a real way and not just participate in religion.  At the same time, I believe that experiencing God does not mean we have […]

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A New Kind of Worship

Nehemiah 8:1-3 Introduction Imagine if I announced today that we were going to radically change the style of worship in the church.  I don’t just mean a change of songs, moving from traditional hymns to […]

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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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Worship Before the Temple

Genesis 12:1-7 Introduction Everything gets more complex over time.  Even though technology improves and there are important advances, the fact is that things get more complicated.  We often hear people talk fondly about the good […]

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What is Worship?

Psalm 95:1-6 Introduction I remember being hired by my first church and being scared of one particular part of my job description.  One of the things that I was expected to do was to be […]

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Love and Understanding

Philippians 1:9-11 Introduction Most people would agree that love is one of, if not the greatest virtue.  Television shows, movies and music are all drawn to the notion of love.  But what is love?  Is […]

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A Pastor’s Prayer

Ephesians 1:15-23 Introduction Who was the Apostle Paul?  Well, he was the author of much of the New Testament.  He was a church planter and missionary.  He was a theologian and a deep thinker.  But […]

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A Prayer For Unity

Romans 15:5-7 Introduction Who a person is affects how they pray.  The mother of a sick child will pray a certain way.  A student nervous about an exam will pray a certain way.  An evangelist […]

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Get Off Your Knees and Pray

Nehemiah 1:4-11 Introduction In every area of life, but especially in trying to live the Christian life, people tend to extremes.  It is either all this way or all that way.  As we have been […]

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Definition of Success

I had a good day today.  I got some important work done at Woodford and First Baptist Church, including getting a number of things ticked off on my to-do list.  I did some work on […]

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Prayer of a Thankful Mother

1 Samuel 2:1-10 Introduction Why bother praying?  Have you ever wondered how the first person started praying?  In Genesis 4:26, it says in the days of Enosh, son of Seth, son of Adam, that people […]

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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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ABCs of the Bible

I love the Psalms.  I love the Psalms for numerous reasons.  There is the beauty of the language.  I am not sure there is anything that is more beautiful than the 23rd Psalm.  I love […]

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What Does It Mean to Be Alive?

“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of […]

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Naked Souls and Minds

“To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. I know your deeds, […]

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Rich and Yet Poor

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again.I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet […]

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Falling Out of Love

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands:I know your deeds, your […]

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Tearing Down Stumbling Blocks

“Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to […]

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What About Sin?

“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather […]

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Divided We Fall

“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be […]

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A Church That Acts

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. […]

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Twelve That Changed the World

“He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called […]

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Keeping Our Vision Clear

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and […]

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An Apologetic Church

This is the message I gave yesterday at my churches: First Baptist Church Meaford and Woodford Baptist Church. An Apologetic Church “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give […]

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A Unique Gospel

This sermon was preached on Oct. 3 2010 at Woodford Baptist and First Baptist Church Meaford. A Unique Gospel Galatians 1:6-9 Introduction What would it take for you to want to curse someone?  Perhaps for […]

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Back to the Basics

My “Back to the Basics” message series is now available in its entirety on my web-page.  There are so many things that people talk about when they discuss religion or the Bible. But what do […]

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