But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Evangelicalism seems to be splitting into two camps eager to outdo one another in their departure from the norms of the 1980’s. The progressives are running away from the theology and the reformers are running away from the methodology. While I identify more with the reformers, I am...

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The issue of euthanasia or Physician Assisted Dying as it is known in Canada, has been a hotly debated topic both inside and outside the church over the past several years. The legislation passed by Parliament in June of 2016 has put Christian doctors on a collision course with the College of...

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Thursday, 08 December 2016 04:01

Epilogue: Closing The Loop On Child Dedication

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Paul and I thought it would be a good idea if we both posted a shared "Epilogue" to close the loop on this particular discussion. This post will also appear on Paul Martin's site which you can find here. We hope that this conversation has helped you clarify your own thoughts on this matter while...

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When Paul Martin approached me about my willingness to engage in a public disagreement on the appropriateness of child dedication I immediately embraced the idea. Iron sharpens iron and faithful are the wounds of a friend. I didn’t intend my original article to spark a debate, but I am very...

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Saturday, 03 December 2016 07:08

Is Child Dedication Even A Real Thing?

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In the last 2 years I’ve had more questions about child dedication than in the previous 20 years combined. Lots of my “young, restless and reformed” friends are wondering about this old Evangelical tradition. I think that is a good thing – the church gets into trouble when...

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Thursday, 01 December 2016 13:04

There Are No Red Letters

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Reality check:  There are no Red Letters in the Bible.   On November 29th 2016 Red Letter champions Tony Campolo and Shayne Claiborne called for Christians to “to repent and be born again again as Red Letter Christians.”[1] Campolo has long held that for Christianity to...

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Saturday, 26 November 2016 23:30

How To Get Started With Into The Word

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On January 1st 2017 we will launch a new podcast called “Into The Word”. This podcast is designed to assist people in reading through the Bible using the 2 year version of the Robert Murray M’Cheyne (RMM) Scripture reading plan.  In 2012 we started encouraging our people to...

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Saturday, 26 November 2016 07:05

Did Jesus Preach The Gospel In Hell?

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 1 Peter 3:18-22 is one of the most debated passages in all of Holy Scripture. The text reads as follows: "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he...

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 06:12

Better Words

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Is it just me or do the words and values being offered by the current cultural elites seem vastly inferior to the words we find written in Scripture? The cultural elites say, “you must be tolerant”. The Bible says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39...

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Hebrews 6 is one of the most complicated and debated texts in all of Scripture. The heart of the difficulty is found in verses 4-8 but the critical background information is contained in verses 1-3 therefore it is helpful to read the text in full: 

"Therefore let us leave the elementary...

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In the concluding chapter of his letter to the Romans the Apostle Paul commends a Christian women named Phoebe. 

"I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, 2 that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need...

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 13:06

How To Begin A Bible Reading Habit

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It’s a little early to be thinking about New Year’s Resolutions but sometimes whether you keep a resolution or not comes down to planning and preparation. If you decide on January 1st to start reading the Bible it is highly unlikely that you will still be doing so much past January 2nd.&...

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Our church is part of a dizzying and often overlapping network of partnerships. As the Pastor of our church I could easily spend 50 hours a week just belonging to things - obviously I need to think through how I prioritize and participate in these various associations; more important still, I need...

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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 07:35

Sample Podcast

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Thank you to all the folks who sent in feedback on our original podcast pilot.  Whether in person, by email or PM, your feedback has been incredibly helpful in deciding upon a format for this ministry going forward. Here are just a few of the things we have decided upon in terms of format,...

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Monday, 26 September 2016 07:36

Arguments That Kill Your Marriage

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In a marriage there are good arguments and bad arguments. Some arguments are both necessary and helpful. An argument that settles an issue that has been an on-going source of tension is a good argument. If you’ve been arguing year after year about the post-Christmas VISA bill then an argument...

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On September 21 schools across Atlantic Canada were evacuated in response to a bomb threat received by officials in Ottawa. The threat hit home as Grace Christian School, a school housed in our church, was also evacuated. It seems this was a first for the Island, and in light of that and in light...

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Thursday, 22 September 2016 06:41

Tony Campolo: Further Down The Red Letter Road

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In the second least surprising news story of the week, Tony Campolo told the Premier news service that he no longer wishes to be known as an Evangelical Christian. (For the first least surprising news story of the week see here: Researchers Discover Link Between Marijuana Use And Laziness).

Tony...

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Friday, 16 September 2016 03:34

Why I Have 5 Kids (Answers Beyond The Obvious)

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There has been a veritable flurry of articles released recently explaining and even celebrating the decision to remain “child-free”. As a father of 5 kids I can identify with some of the reasons that have been given: 

1.  It’s expensive!

In a recent article posted on...

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Thursday, 08 September 2016 11:34

RMM RoundUp September 9

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2 Samuel 3

Although the house of Saul was beheaded and limping, it still opposed letting David’s house inhabit the kingly palace. Abner was ‘making himself strong’ in the house of Saul. That is until Saul’s son, Ish-bosheth, was enveloped with paranoia like his father and...

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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 06:22

RMM RoundUp September 7

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2 Samuel 1

The book of 1 Samuel might be considered a prequel to the central story of David’s reign and kingship - the story told in 2 Samuel. 1 Samuel finished the story of the Judges and also narrated the story of Israel’s initial misstep with the house of Saul.  Both stories...

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Monday, 05 September 2016 18:21

RMM RoundUp September 6

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1 Samuel 31

1 Samuel 31 is the appropriate place for some reflections upon the life and death of Saul.  Saul has to be considered the preeminent tragic hero in the Old Testament. He was in many respects a great man and in many others a complete failure. The telling of his death manages to evoke...

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Monday, 05 September 2016 11:06

Do Evangelicals Worship The Bible?

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We’ve all heard the joke: “Evangelicals worship God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Bible”.  The joke is meant to caution us against a ‘too high’ view of Scripture; I think in its best iterations the joke is meant to remind us that we read the Bible not...

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Monday, 05 September 2016 11:06

Do Evangelicals Worship The Bible?

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We’ve all heard the joke: “Evangelicals worship God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Bible”.  The joke is meant to caution us against a ‘too high’ view of Scripture; I think in its best iterations the joke is meant to remind us that we read the Bible not...

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Thursday, 01 September 2016 12:14

RMM Roundup September 2

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1 Samuel 26

David has scouted out Saul’s camp and knows exactly how to penetrate the defenses to get to the king. When Abishai was asked to go down with David he likely perceived it to be a covert-ops assassination mission. Instead, they stole some water and a spear—not the climax he...

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016 09:10

RMM RoundUp August 31

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1 Samuel 24

This is the first of two occasions where David had the opportunity to kill Saul but would not. The story has many layers and many potential lessons. Most immediately it shows David’s wisdom and prudence. A man who expects to be king is careful about the example he sets for his men....

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