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Good News: Vacation Time

My Good News for this week is that of today I’m on vacation. It is nice to have some time off work, time to relax and recharge. Amanda and I were able to enjoy...

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Good News: A Relaxing Day

Each week I share a Good News post. Sometimes it is a big thing and sometimes just something small. Today is just a small thing. Today was a nice relaxing Sunday. After church, I...

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Good News: Cirque du Soleil

Today we went to see Cirque du Soleil. This was my first time seeing them but Amanda had seen them before. She was quite excited when she heard that they were coming to the city...

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Good News: Having a Ball

This weekend the girls were over at a friend’s house for a sleepover. That meant that we just had Justus with us. So what do we do with our boy? We ended up going...

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Good News: 185th Anniversary!

No that is not our wedding anniversary. Today we celebrated the 185th anniversary of Queen Street Baptist Church. We had a fantastic worship service, with guest speaker Dr. Gary Nelson, of Tyndale University College...

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Good News: Proud of Amanda

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...

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Good News: Not a Typical Sunday

My Sundays usually follow a regular pattern. The morning is spent at church, likely followed by a nap and then an evening swimming with the kids. The only thing hat happened today was the...

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Good News: I Love Easter

My Good News is that Easter is one of my favourite days. This is on a number of levels. The first is about my faith. I understand that not everyone who reads my personal...

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Good News: Loving Our Church

A number of years ago, I though it would be neat if I could pastor at Queen Street Baptist Church. My original thinking was that it made sense since St Catharines is my home...

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Good News: First Draft In

For the past number of years I have been working on my Doctor of Ministry degree at Acadia University. The truth is that I should have graduated a couple of years ago. But between...

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Good News: Churches That Get It

As a pastor and a father of two children with special needs, I know that it can be challenging for churches to minister to special needs family and challenging for special needs families to...

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Good News: Sunday Night Fun

Sunday nights are one of my favourite times of the week. Over a year ago we started a tradition of going swimming on Sunday nights. This is something that breathes life into me in...

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Good News: Better Health

The past six months or so have not been great for me health-wise. My sarcoidosis has been acting up and with that, my diabetes. I don’t say this to complain. My good news is...

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Good News: Amanda is Recovering Well

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...

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Good News: A Restful Day

One of the best things I’ve done recently is to start observing a Sabbath. By Sabbath, I mean a day of rest. I’m not legalistic about it, but it is designed to be a...

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Good News: The Final Test

Much of my Good News lately has been about moving into our new home. Does this make me materialistic? Am I too focused on possessions? This weekend was a reminder that our new home...

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Good News: Getting Settled In

Things are coming together in our new home. This past week, our children started at their new school and are already making friends. They seem to be comfortable with our new house and our...

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Good News: All Moved In

This has been a great week for the Bedard family. We moved into our new home. We have been renting for the past two years and have been hoping to buy. Things worked out...

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Good News: A Great Year

This is my final Good News post for the year. I have already posted about the year in review. But as 2017 comes to a close, I’m still reflecting on what this year has...

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Good News: Candlelight Service

One of my favourite parts of Christmas is the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. We had a wonderful service tonight at Queen Street Baptist Church. Not only is the image of lighting candles meaningful, it...

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Good News: Blue Christmas

Advent is one of my favourite seasons of the year. It allows us to prepare ourselves for the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Last year we started at Queen Street Baptist Church to observe...

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Good News: Feeling a Bit Better

For the past number of months, I have been experiencing a sarcoidosis flare. This has been frustrating because my respirologist increased my dosage of prednisone to try and knock it into remission, but instead...

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Good News: Perhaps Pushing 50

As I write this, it is the night before my 49th birthday. Typically I have described myself as pushing 40… from the other direction… with a running start. Perhaps it is time to admit...

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Good News: Break a Leg

My son Justus broke his leg on Friday. What? How in the world is that Good News? What kind of dad am I? Let me back up. On Friday, we received a call from...

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Good News: Ride for Refuge

Over the past number of years, I have had the honour of getting to know the work of Christian Horizons. Just a month ago, I was able to be the speaker at their family...

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Good News: A Joyful Visit

As I write this, it is two days before our daughter Abby’s fifteenth birthday. It is hard to believe she is well into her teens. It feels like only yesterday she was our little...

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Good News: Family Reunion

A number of years ago, our daughter Emma casually remarked, “It would be neat to find out that you had a brother or sister that you never knew about.” Little did she know that...

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Good News: Four Years Later

It was four years ago that my father-in-law came to our house and drove me to the hospital. I had been sick for some time and the walk-in clinic was not able to figure...

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Good News: Good Cheap Fun

We get a visit from Logan and Abby every other weekend. Abby is happy to come for day visits but Logan likes to stay over night. Whether it is the autism or being a...

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Good News: A Proud Dad

This past week, our three youngest children were away at camp. When I arrived to pick them up, the leader of Justus’s cabin immediately sought me out. There was a moment of panic as...

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Good News: Bedards Assemble!

This past week was our annual assembly of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. I have only missed only a couple of these assemblies in my twenty years with the CBOQ. This year...

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Good News: 184th Anniversary

No, I don’t mean our marriage anniversary. I’m not quite that old. Today was our 184th anniversary service at Queen Street Baptist Church. That is a long time for a church. When I look...

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Good News: Our Son is Back

Although I don’t talk about it as much as our children with autism, we also have a child with ADHD. Some may think that ADHD is not near as serious as autism but there...

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Good News: A Blessed Easter

Some pastors may dread Easter because of the extra services but I love it. This entire weekend has been great. We had a very meaningful Maundy Thursday service at our church that included foot...

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Good News: Double Shot

There are actually two things that I want to share for my weekly Good News post. The first is that I want to share how much I’m enjoying my role as pastor of Queen...

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Good News: Daddy-Daughter Date

I have mentioned previously that we plan to go swimming as a family every Sunday night. While that doesn’t always work out, sometimes it is for the best. Amanda is still recovering from her...

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Good News: Seeing the Big Picture

The purpose of my Good News post is to pick one good thing that has happened as a way for me to keep positive. While there is often one thing that stands out, this...

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Good News: 17 Years!

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)...

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Good News: Being Uncle Steve

Family has always been an important part of my life. Being an only child, I do not take family for granted. Aunts, uncles and cousins were important relationships. Unfortunately, being an only child limits...

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Good News: Thankful for My Health

It might seem surprising that my Good News is that I’m thankful for my health. After all, I do still have sarcoidosis, diabetes and asthma. That doesn’t sound very good. However, everything is relative....

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Good News: Teen Challenge

My Good News for today is about a great service we had this morning at Queen Street Baptist Church. We were blessed to have Teen Challenge join us. If you are not familiar with...

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Good News: Proud of Amanda

My wife has not tried to hide the struggles she has experienced. I won’t go into them here, but you can read about it in her words at her blog. I’m proud of Amanda...

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Good News: Long Lost Family

I thought I knew what my Good News post was going to be. It was a year ago that we were making our move from Cambridge to St. Catharines. Although there have been some...

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Good News: A Great Birthday

Normally, I don’t make a big deal of birthdays. While I reflect on a new year of life, I don’t expect much in terms of celebrations. However, this was one of the most enjoyable...

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Good News: Being a Model Parent

My good news for this week actually brings together two other things that I have recently gotten involved in. I have started keeping a Sabbath, as described in this post. My Sabbath keeping (which...

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Good News: Rhythm Section

My good news for this week has to do with a decision my son and I have made. I am very sensitive about trying to force my children to go to church. There definitely...

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Good News: The Present of Presence

One of the highlights of my life is our regular visits with our children Logan and Abby. Logan and Abby both have autism and they live in a group home about an hour away....

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Good News: Thankful for Queensway

Today Amanda and I took a trip to Brantford for Ryan Marthinsen’s ordination at Queensway Baptist Church. Ryan is the pastor of family ministries at Queensway. We wanted to be there because during my...

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Good News: A Great Day at Church

Today was a wonderful day at Queen Street Baptist Church. We started something new with including the children in the service for the first Sunday of the month. Some of the children (including one...

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Good News: Diversity in the Church

I have really been enjoying my time as the pastor of Queen Street Baptist Church. I have been at this church for just less than a year but it feels like longer (in a...

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Good News: Encouraged By Church

September is the beginning of the new ministry year at church. This is also my first September at Queen Street Baptist Church. I always hope for good things but at the same time I...

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Good News: Happy Birthday Abby!

Tomorrow is our daughter Abby’s fourteenth birthday. It is hard to believe that she is this old already. It seems like only yesterday that we were bringing her home from the hospital. Abby is...

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Good News: Love My Kids

This past week, we had our two children with autism come for a visit. It was nice in that our other three children were away at camp and so things were a bit quieter...

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Good News: Thankful for Every Blessing

I try to share one Good News story every week as a way to keep me thankful. Tonight, I was looking at my computer and was not sure what to say. There was no...

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Good News: Storytime

Three of our children just returned from a week at camp. I will admit, it is nice to have a bit of a break when they go to camp. At the same time, I...

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Good News: Going Back to a Job I Love

Today is the last day of three weeks of vacation. In many ways, it has gone by very quickly. We didn’t go away anywhere for vacation but it was still fun to have family...

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Good News: Teaching at Tyndale

I just finished teaching a course on the Apostle Paul at Tyndale University College. I have been teaching for the adult modular program at Tyndale since 2010. I still remember being contacted by Daniel...

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Good News: Vacation Time!

It is easy to come up with good news today. Today is the start of three weeks of vacation. What makes this better, is that my excitement is not about the chance to get...

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Good News: A Gift to an Introvert

This has been a different kind of a week for me. For the past week, three of our children were away at camp. That by itself is good news as they had a very fun...

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