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: A Great Day at Church

Personal Reflections

I love my church. Queen Street Baptist Church is a great church community. I’m so thankful that I get to pastor with them. Yesterday, was a particularly good day. There was something about the worship […]

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Good News: Praise in the Park

Personal Reflections

My Good News for this week is about the outdoor service Queen Street Baptist Church had yesterday. We do this Praise in the Park every year at Montebello Park. While we have a beautiful church […]

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Good News: Visiting My Church

Personal Reflections

I just finished two weeks of vacation. I ended in a surprising way, by visiting my own church. Most pastors don’t attend their own church when on vacation. But I wanted to this week (I […]

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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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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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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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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: 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: 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: Youth Group

Good News

Queen Street Baptist Church is a fairly small church but one with a long history of youth groups. When I had arrived, the senior high group had just graduated and moved on. We had a […]

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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: Sharing and Worshiping

Good News

Not all ministry takes place in a church building. We recently had an opportunity to share at Heritage Christian Bookstore. This included Dayspring, which is the praise team from Queen Street Baptist Church. I love […]

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Good News: A Really Great Day

Good News

It is difficult to predict what a day will be like but today turned out to be a great day. It started with Queen Street Baptist Church‘s annual Praise in the Park at Montebello Park. […]

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Good News: An Exciting Morning at Church

Good News

By “exciting,” I don’t mean extra-lively music or extra-dynamic preaching. It was an exciting service at Queen Street Baptist Church in a totally unexpected and unplanned way. We had a young man come in late […]

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Good News: 185th Anniversary!

Good News

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 and […]

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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: Loving Our Church

Personal Reflections

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 town […]

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Good News: Candlelight Service

Good News

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 is […]

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Good News: Positive Change

Good News

There is a joke that Baptists don’t believe in change. I’m thankful that is not the case with my church, Queen Street Baptist Church. Today we had an important business meeting. Business meetings are usually […]

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Good News: Blue Christmas

Good News

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 something […]

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Why I’m Thankful For Our Church Building

Church Building

It is common to hear churches criticized for the amount of money invested in church buildings. There are some congregations that have taken the stand that they will never own a building. They will either […]

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Good News: A Spiritual Potluck

Good News

Baptists sometimes joke that potluck meals are another sacrament alongside communion and baptism. I actually think there is a good biblical basis for the importance of the church eating together. But that is for another […]

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Good News: Mental Health and Addictions Workshop

Good News

We had a young man named Brandon as a part of Queen Street Baptist Church. Brandon was intelligent and friendly. He also suffered from mental health and addictions. Unfortunately, Brandon died of an overdose a […]

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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: Thankful to Be Pastoring Again

Good News

It is hard to believe that only three years ago, I didn’t think that I would ever pastor a church again. It is not that I had a bad experience at my previous churches. I […]

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Good News: The Church That Eats Together

Good News

I really enjoyed church this morning. It was a great time of worshiping and praying together. But beyond that, it was a great time to eat together. I’m not trying to be unspiritual. I love […]

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Good News: A Church That is Willing to Change

Good News

My Good news has to do with the church that I pastor, Queen Street Baptist Church. Churches, and especially Baptist churches, are not known for their eagerness to change. I sometimes joke, “We don’t mind […]

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Good News: Thankful to Be Back in Pastoral Ministry

Good News

If you spoke to me three or four years ago about my career goals, being a pastor would not have been high on the list. Despite spending a long time in school training to be […]

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Good News: First Communion

Good News

Today may have been one of the most amazing mornings at church in my life. I shared a couple of weeks ago about how we brought our son with autism to church for the first […]

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Good News: 184th Anniversary

Good News

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 in […]

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Good News: Bringing Our Son to Church

Good News

Today was one of the happiest Sundays in my life. Many people take it for granted that they can go to church as a family. In our case, our two oldest children have autism and […]

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Good News: 4 Things I’m Thankful For

Personal Reflections

My plan is to highlight one thing per week that I’m thankful for. Today I have decided to share four things for my Good News. The first is that today is our daughter Faith’s ninth […]

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Let Your Light Shine

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 11:33-36 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction What is our purpose? I ask that both in terms of our role as a church and as individual followers of […]

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Good News: Double Shot

Good News

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 Street […]

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Good News: Introducing My Son to My Church

Good News

Normally, when a person begins as a pastor at a church, they bring their entire immediate family with them. But our family is not normal. Our two oldest children have autism and they live in […]

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Who is the Greatest?

Greatest

A sermon based on Luke 9:46-48 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction People should have great expectations. People should want to have a great life, a great marriage, a great career, even a […]

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Good News: Glad to Be Where I Am

Good News

Today was the annual meeting at Queen Street Baptist Church. An annual meeting may not sound like a lot of fun but it was an important reminder for me. At our annual meeting, we looked […]

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Thoughts on My First Year Back in Ministry

Leadership and Ministry

As 2016 comes to an end, I celebrate one year back in pastoral ministry. I started in ministry when I began in seminary in 1996 and began my first paid position in 1998. I pastored […]

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Advent Four: Love

Queen Street Baptist Church

This is sermon based on 1 John 4:7-12 that I preached at the Spanish congregation at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction In addition to my role as a pastor at Queen Street Baptist Church, I […]

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Good News: Teen Challenge

Good News

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 Teen […]

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Being an Acts Church: Part Two

Sermons

A message based on Acts 2:42-47 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. You can watch the video here. Introduction A few weeks ago, we took a trip into the past to observe the activity […]

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Revisiting the Comfortable Pew

Comfortable Pew

A message based on 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church.  Introduction A number of years ago, there was a popular book by Pierre Berton called The Comfortable Pew.  Berton was asked by a […]

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Good News: Diversity Within the Church

Good News

My good news for this week has to do with our church. I really love Queen Street Baptist Church for a number of reasons. One of the big ones is the diversity within our church. […]

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Being an Acts Church: Part One

Queen Street Baptist Church

A sermon based on Acts 2:42-47 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. You can listen to the audio here. Introduction When my mother was getting near to the end of her life, one of her thoughts […]

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What is Discipleship?

Discipleship

A sermon based on Luke 9:23-27 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church.  Introduction Why do we exist? Why is there a church? I mean both, why is there a Queen Street Baptist Church and […]

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Who is Jesus?

Jesus

A sermon based on Luke 9:18-20 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. You can find the audio here. Introduction I have been fortunate to have had a number of jobs and roles. Second only to […]

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Living a Life of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

A sermon based on Philippians 4:4-7 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays. I will confess that a big part of that is the thanksgiving meal. It is […]

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3 Lessons From the Feeding of the 5000

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 9:10-17 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction How do we know when someone really means something? Usually they will repeat a statement more than once. Obviously it would be good […]

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Good News: A Great Day at Church

Good News

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 of […]

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Miracles Twelve Years in the Making

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 8:40-56 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to waiting. I can remember back in 1983 arriving at the Lincoln […]

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Good News: Diversity in the Church

Good News

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 good […]

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Jesus: The Tomb Raider

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 8:26-39 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction There are plenty of events in the life and ministry of Jesus that it would be neat to be at. Imagine what it […]

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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 never […]

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Jesus in the Storm

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 8:22-25 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Have you ever been in a scary situation in which things seemed out of control? While I can think of some pretty […]

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What is the Kingdom of God?

Kingdom of God

A sermon based on Matthew 6:25-34, preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Futurists, a number of decades ago, had some predictions about what life would be like now. The hope was that advances in […]

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What is Sin?

Sermons

A sermon based on 1 John 1:5-2:6 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction What is sin? Well, isn’t it obvious? Sin is doing something bad. We can all probably recollect a time when we did […]

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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 time. […]

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Abortion and Euthanasia

Sermons

This is a message that was preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction The Ten Commandments have been a huge influence in the development of morals in western society. Each of the commandments are important, […]

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If I Could Restart My Life…

Leadership and Ministry

This morning, my ten year old son asked me a very interesting question. He asked me, if I could restart my life, what job would I want to do? Imagine having that second chance. Being […]

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Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare

A sermon based on Ephesians 6:10-20 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I remember back about twenty-five years ago when I was deep into my spiritual journey. I had recently moved from atheism to a […]

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Good News: There Was Praise in the Park

Good News

My good news for this week was about a fantastic church service we had this morning. Queen Street Baptist Church had our annual (and my first) outdoor service at Montebello Park. I really did not […]

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What is a Sharing Church?

Sermons

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction We have been looking at the mission of Queen Street Baptist Church. We have looked at our qualities as a welcoming, growing and worshiping church. We […]

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What is a Worshiping Church?

Queen Street Baptist Church

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Queen Street Baptist Church has identified itself as a worshiping community. It is hardly controversial that a church would want to be active in worship, and […]

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What is a Growing Church?

Growing Church

A sermon based on Philippians 1:3-11 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction As a child, I was usually the smallest of any of the students in my class. This sometimes made me a bit […]

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What is a Welcoming Church?

Sermons

A sermon on Matthew 11:28-30 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is true for both individuals and churches. I remember when Amanda […]

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Good News: Baptizing My Daughter

Good News

Today was a day that I have been looking forward to for a long time. This morning, I had the opportunity and privilege to baptize one of my children. Emma, along with another young person […]

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Good News: Church Celebration

Personal Reflections

My good news for this week is about our church, Queen Street Baptist Church. Today we celebrated our 183rd anniversary as a congregation. The church has changed a lot over the years but it is […]

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Come and Celebrate With Us

This coming Sunday, May 29, 2016, will be our special Anniversary Service at Queen Street Baptist Church. It will be our 183rd anniversary. What is so special about 183? Every year is a year to […]

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Are We Listening?

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 8:1-15 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Relationships depend on communication. That is a basic fact. Show me any relationship that is struggling, and you will find there is […]

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The Sects Talk

I recently led a workshop at my church, Queen Street Baptist Church, on “Sects Education.” We looked at groups such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Christian Science and so on. I recorded the talk and […]

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Love and Thankfulness

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon based on Luke 7:36-50 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction People either love surprises or hate them. In many cases it depends on the nature of the surprise. I remember coming home […]

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Good News: Excited About Church

Good News

It has been five months since I have been the pastor of Queen Street Baptist Church and I am absolutely loving this ministry. The congregation is incredible and there are people who are eager to […]

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Faith, Doubt and the Unexpected

Getting Jesus Right

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church on Luke 7:18-28. Introduction Would you describe yourself as gullible or skeptical? I must confess that one of my guilty privileges is having fun with gullible people. […]

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I Believe. Yes, Sir!

Sermons

A message based on Luke 7:1-10 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction What would it take to amaze you? Depending on your life experience, it might be difficult for you to be surprised or taken […]

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The Secret to Living the Christian Life

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 6:43-49 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction When I talk to skeptics about why they reject Christianity, their responses generally fall into two camps. One, which I’m not going to […]

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To Judge or Not to Judge

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 6:37-42 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction It has been observed that we live in a post-Christian society, where many people both inside and outside the church are not […]

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Good News: Feeling Blessed

Good News

For my good news post, I could speak about my love for my sons who just had birthdays. But I already did that here and here. Still, having these guys in my life is good […]

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Tough Love: What Does It Mean To Love Our Enemies?

Love

A sermon based on Luke 6:27-36 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I don’t think that I need to preach too hard on the importance of love. I’m sure that there are very few […]

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5 Things I Love About Queen Street Baptist Church

Personal Reflections

I have just completed my first three months as the pastor of Queen Street Baptist Church. As I have been reflecting on this experience, I have come to realize that my appreciation for this church […]

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Good News: A Fantastic Easter

Personal Reflections

There was no trouble coming up with a Good News post today. This has been a tremendous day on so many levels. It began with our Easter Service at Queen Street Baptist Church. This was […]

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4 Things You Need to Know About the Resurrection

Sermons

This is the Easter sermon that I preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Easter Sunday is by far my favourite Sunday of the entire year. Christmas is wonderful with all of the carols and nativities […]

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What is So Triumphal About the Triumphal Entry?

Sermons

A sermon based on Mark 11:1-11 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I have been stuck in traffic many times in my life. Once I was even an hour and a half late for […]

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Blessings and Woes in an Upside Down World

Blessings and Woes

A sermon that looks at the blessings and woes in Luke 6:17-26 preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction God bless you! When are you most likely to hear that? While we should hear it a […]

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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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What is a Baptist?

Sermons

This is a sermon that was preached at Queen Street Baptist Church as part of CBOQ Sunday. Introduction This is Queen Street Baptist Church. Queen Street BAPTIST Church. We belong to the Canadian BAPTISTS of […]

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Give It a Rest

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. What […]

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The Miracle Worker

Sermons

A sermon based on Luke 5:12-32 preached at Queen St Baptist Church. Introduction There have been a number of movies that have stuck with me as having a real impact. One of those movies was […]

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Induction Service

I have been enjoying my time as the pastor of Queen Street Baptist Church. But now it is time to make it official. My induction service will take place on March 13, 2016 at 7:00 […]

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All You Need is Love

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 to […]

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Caught in Jesus’ Net

Jesus

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 book. […]

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Good News: Returning to Pastoral Ministry

Good News

Just over three years ago I left pastoral ministry after nine years of pastoring at Woodford and First Baptist Church Meaford. I had a great experience at those churches and nothing took place that turned […]

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So You Think You Know Jesus?

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 the […]

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Trusting Like Jesus

Sermons

This is a sermon titled “Trusting Like Jesus” based on Luke 4:1-13 that I preached at Queen St Baptist Church. Introduction One of the things that I really love about the Bible is that there […]

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Good News: A Joyful Noise

I have been really enjoying my time as the pastor of Queen St Baptist Church. They are an incredible congregation and I am looking forward to what God will do through this church. Something happened […]

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Repent!

Sermons

“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 Baptist’s […]

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