Sermon Questions from November 20, 2016

With my honest opinion, I do believe that we can unlock the secrets the prophecies written, if we ask God.  James 1:5     Revelation was written not scare us, but to prove to us that the prophecies written will come to pass.  It was written to prove that God Almighty  is serious with his dealing with mankind.  Revelation was written to warn the people into coming events that will take place, if we don’t have the Lord Jesus Christ in our life.  Glory to God! A lot of points in here, so I will try and respond briefly to several of them. I do believe we can uave some understanding of the prophecies, but not all.  Why do I say that?  […]

Sermon Questions and Weekly Reading Questions from week of June 5, 2016

Why did God create dinosaurs if he’s just gonna kill them? well why does God create any of us if we’re just going to die?   It’s a similar question.  In other words we don’t know why God allows somethings to happen and others to not.   But God is sovereign.   God is over all things and while I don’t understand I do choose to trust.  I’m not able to answer more than that, but one day when we are in heaven I’m sure we can say ‘what’s up with that?’ How do we accept others and work on healing division when other groups or individuals are saying things that misrepresents the message of Christ? I think we speak […]

Sermon and Reading Questions from Week of April 3, 2016

So Mike was away last week  and Chris preached on Sunday.  Because of that we have Chris answering your questions from the sermon and our Bible readings this week. Here is a question from the sermon this week: What do we do as a church to celebrate, encourage and facilitate daily choosing, daily transformation and not just focus on the initial commitment to Jesus? This is a wonderful question and I think the really short answer can be defined in relationship. It would be easier to view this less as a potential list of things I should do, and more about, how do I invest into a relationship with Jesus. Just like in any relationship that is going to grow, you […]

Sermon Questions from the Week of March 6th, 2016

SO two questions from the sermon and one from last week’s scripture readings.  I hope you find the responses helpful.  It bothers me that we even need to discuss guidelines for euthanasia because our Canadian government has passed this law of Doctor assisted suicide That is fair that it bothers you we need to discuss this, but the government didn’t pass the law.  The courts have said it is a human right to have a doctor assist your suicide.   The courts have requested the government to create legal guidelines around that right.     It should be deeply concerning that the courts are determining our ethics in this way, however it is the way our system is setup.  Now the goal we […]

Sermon Questions from February 7, 2016

What do I look for to know if I’m not ready for God’s message or if I’m walking in the ways of the world (blocking my understanding)?   How do we avoid feeling like “if I had more faith I’d understand” like the faith healer claim? Some points in response: 1) God is faithful and so as we read God is at work. 2) as we open ourselves to what God is saying in scripture and try to live our lifes reflective of it we’ll see our outlook on the world change over time. 3) We’re told faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. 4) I hope we all continue learning and growing in faith throughout life.   We […]

Travel Tech

After  a lengthy family vacation this year,  I thought I’d share some of our tech related items and apps that we used while travelling. While many are far more experienced in travel, perhaps our feedback might still be a benefit for you as you prepare for a trip, or just day to day around your own town.  To prepare for our trip, I spent quite a bit of time planning what we would bring for our family of 6 and how we’d travel.  With two long days of travelling, as well as numerous times with lengthier drives, our technology needed to be well planned. As we travelled, I brought my usual devices – Macbook Air, Ipad Air 2, Iphone 5s, […]

Book Review – The Christmas Story for Children

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 is told clearly with a sense that this is a story being told based on scripture, but is not an actual scripture reading. Second, the artwork is wonderful and high […]

Building a Body that Serves – Introduction

Over the past decade and a bit of ministry I’ve had a growing desire that now requires a confession.   I love recruiting for ministry.  No, I don’t need therapy.  No I’m not crazy.  I believe one of the most important pieces that we need to develop in our churches is to effectively equip the body of Christ to serve one another and the world around us.   I wasn’t always this way.  I use to dread my need for more volunteers, spots on schedules to be filled,     Now?  I love seeing people serving in the church. Over the past year I’ve had a couple dozen separate conversations where people have asked how I recruit and work with individuals for ministry roles. […]

Saving Casper Book Review

This past year my blog has been focussed on our Bible reading challenge and hasn’t included too many other posts, let alone book reviews.  However Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of Saving Casper by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper.  The context for this book is important as it follows up Jim and Casper go to Church by the same authors.   Matt Casper is an atheist who went to churches with Jim Henderson and they shared their experiences from a christian and atheist perspective.  The question that followed was if Matt Casper got saved.   While the question itself is a yes/no answer, the context of the question, the experience of Matt Casper encountering the Christian faith ,allowed an opportunity […]

Preaching or Presenting from an iPad

So I was reading online and saw a post from someone on the top ten things you MUST do when preaching from an iPad.  I thought some were good, others seemed off… so here’s my ‘checklist’ for preaching from my iPad.  Since preaching is not much different than many other presentations… this may be useful for those presenting from ipad’s in other situations. 1) I always write my sermons using Microsoft Word.  I save my file format in the Word 97-2003 format for preaching from.  This allows two things, I can edit it on the computer or ipad (using QuickOffice)  and when I preach from it, I find the formatting displays better.  Some choose to save their sermons in PDF… […]