Category: Advent

I’ve asked a friend to do a guest post on the UN Migration Pact and I’ll hopefully be able to post that in the next number of days (he’s a busy man so whenever his schedule allows him time to write).  Sam Chaise formerly led Canadian Baptist Ministries and now works with refugees in the Toronto area.  Needless to say he has had a global perspectives on issues including the migrant and refugee issues.  I thought his faith and global perspective combined would be beneficial as we work through the…

Advent Culture Faith

I hear lots of people asking about whether Christ is still in Christmas.  Clearly as a culture there a pulling away from Christ in Christmas.  However my concern is less with Christ in Christmas – as a church we still have that, and I’m more concerned with making sure we have Christ in Advent.  Yes – you read that right – I want to put Christ back into Advent. At first glance Advent is all about Christ with themes of hope, peace, joy, and love.  However so much of our…

Advent Faith

Over the month of December most of my reading will focus on Advent or Christmas.  I find it can help me focus on something other than our cultural celebrations.  It also helps me to reflect on my faith, grow in my faith, and equip me for when I do ministry during this season.  So below are my books to read over the coming month: FIrst, I always do the Biola University Advent Project that mixes music, art, scripture, and reflections on a daily basis.  Such a wonderful resource and I…

Advent Books Culture Faith

What is the difference between the Lord Jesus Christ peace and the anti – Christ promised peace in this world.? I think motive is a clear part of the answer to this.    The Anti-Christ promises peace to achieve his means, but does not keep his promises.  Jesus promises peace out of love for us and with our well being in mind.  Jesus can deliver this peace which the anti-Christ cannot.  The antichrist may bring peace for a short period but ultimately by his nature, the antichrist will not maintain peace. …

Advent Faith Sermon

Normally I don’t get my eye caught by children’s Bible storybooks, however The Christmas Story for Children stands out for a few reasons. First, it’s a part of the The Story project, and my favourite children’s story author Max Lucado is a part of this project. The Christmas Story for Children is what you would expect – the Christmas Story with the appropriate artwork. Yet there are some qualities to this book’s storytelling that stand out. First, they don’t try to mix all the Christmas narratives into one. The story…

Advent Books Children Faith Family Open-Mike.ca

A few weeks ago I preached on the theme of peace as a part of our advent series.  The text I used was the story of the Magi and Herod from Matthew 2.  Rather than stop at verse 12 though, I preached from the text that extends down to verse 18.  This is a part of the Christmas story we don’t like to reflect on as Herod, in an attempt to kill off the new born King of the Jews (which was Herod’s self appointed title), slaughters all the boys…

Advent

I think most people like a good story -whether it’s a novel, a movie, or even just your average sitcom television show.  When we here a good story we talk about it with others, we watch it again and again.  The story begins to move from something seperate from us, to being a part of our own story.  The stories that mean the most to us are the very stories that speak to our life and that we can relate too.  There’s also a sense that we choose the stories…

Advent Faith