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

Adfontes - Apologetic Report

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If Jesus warned that the enemy would sow tares among the wheat; if John warns that already there are ‘antichrists’ in the church; if Paul warns that even the devil disguises himself as an angel of light in order to deceive God’s people; why is it...

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Thursday, 28 July 2016 13:05

RMM RoundUp July 29

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Judges 12

The nation of Israel continues to experience the cycle of rebellion, punishment, cry for help, and deliverance by a judge. The judges can deliver the well-being of the people but they cannot transform the heart of the people. Even the deliverers themselves were in need of a deeper and more full salvation than war victories could...

Monday, 25 July 2016 19:01

RMM RoundUp July 26

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Judges 9

Judges is one of the hardest books in the Bible to read - it is meant to be.  The story of Judges is about the downward spiral of God’s people away from obedience and blessing and into disobedience and curse.  It seeks to show what happens when “everyone does what is right in their own eyes”.  The people...

Friday, 22 July 2016 02:49

RMM RoundUp July 22

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Judges 5

The book of Judges speaks of the time between when the Israelites are given the promised land and when the kings emerge. With God having covenanted with them as their ultimate ruler, they should have had longstanding peace and prosperity. But because of idolatry they faced a continual cycle of rebellion toward idols, chastening by God,...

Friday, 15 July 2016 07:02

ESP Evangelism

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In birdwatching there is a golden rule: if you find a rare bird, you share the news.I remember when I was bird watching over a decade ago, there was an extremely rare bird that someone found and they never told anyone. Needless to say, the other birdwatchers really wanted to see this bird and they could not because they were never told. When they...
Thursday, 14 July 2016 12:11

RMM RoundUp July 15

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Joshua 22

In the first chapter of Joshua, the Reubenites, Gadites, and half tribe of Mannasseh were told that they would be given rest and possession of the land Moses gave them to the east of the Jordan. But throughout the book, they have been helping the rest of Israel possess their allotments. Although land structure may separate them...

Thursday, 14 July 2016 04:03

RMM RoundUp July 14

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Joshua 20-21

Joshua 21 brings us to the end of 4 chapters that represent hard slogging for most modern readers.  Why do we need to know about which towns and which rivers went to which tribes?  Why is that even in the Bible?  The answer comes to us, finally at the very end of chapter 21:

Thus the LORD gave to Israel all the land that...

The internet is the new public square.  It allows people to exchange ideas, interact with important issues and express their own personal convictions.  However, given the largely impersonal nature of the new public square, combined with the urgency of today's social issues, the quality of public discourse seems presently at an all time...

Thursday, 07 July 2016 23:05

RMM RoundUp July 8

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Joshua 10

Most people today have not wielded a sword in battle so it makes it difficult to read Joshua as more than history or a good bedtime story. However, Paul in 1 Corinthians 10 and Romans 15:5 tells us that the events of Israel were written for our example and instruction. So how does the sun standing still in the Old Testament help us today?

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Every real Christian would gladly affirm that we are saved by grace, through faith, because of Christ.  While Protestants would want to add an all caps “ALONE” after each of those three words and Pentecostals might want to add “AMEN – HALLELUJAH” we all agree that each of those words is terribly important. ...
At a recent meeting of the Covenant Life Renewal Association (CLRA), a renewal movement within the Canadian Baptist denomination, one of the pastors urged those who did not have a Facebook account to establish one, as it was one of the simplest ways to communicate and share information between churches separated by hundreds of kilometres. ...
The other day my wife handed me her phone and asked, do you remember these people?  On it was a picture of two ladies we attended Bible College with.  As I looked at the picture, my wife informed me that they were now married and had a child ‘together.’ Then she informed me that a friend who stood up for me at my wedding had...
Sunday, 03 July 2016 13:27

Autonomy Reconsidered

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Is autonomy the value to end all values or is there a point at which autonomy must be balanced against other legitimate concerns?  Is there a point at which a church ceases to actually be a Baptist Church, or a Church of Jesus Christ at all?  Is there a point where the other churches in fellowship decide that one in their midst has...

Saturday, 02 July 2016 07:47

The Secret Gospel In The CBOQ

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I have a hard time keeping secrets from my wife with regards to the presents that I buy her. I buy her a gift and just find it too hard to keep the excitement of that gift a secret. I often am not able to keep it a secret from the store to the house. There is just something about me that cannot wait for her to see and experience the gift that I so...
Thursday, 30 June 2016 23:55

RMM RoundUp July 1

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Joshua 3

The Israelites were ready to receive the promised things of God. The anticipation while being so close was probably unbearable. But amidst this hope was a sense of dread. How would they be able to have this land when it was inhabited already by people who had no intention of leaving? Could they, skilled at wandering in the desert, mount a...

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 04:06

RMM RoundUp June 29

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Joshua 1

The name “Joshua” - like the Greek name “Jesus” - means God saves and the Book of Joshua continues the story of God’s redemption of Israel.  Under Moses he sets them free from the tyranny of Egypt; under Joshua he leads them into the blessings of the Promised Land.  Salvation in the Bible is always...

Thursday, 23 June 2016 11:53

RMM RoundUp June 24

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Deuteronomy 29

Moses concludes this book by exhorting strongly that Israel would commit to and obediently walk in the covenant that the Lord has made with them. He lays out the motivation for doing this by looking at the past, present, and future of God’s dealings with them. In this call to commitment, it becomes difficult not to see the...

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 03:34

RMM RoundUp June 21

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Deuteronomy 26

Relating the laws about the Old Testament tithe to the New Testament church is notoriously difficult.  For one thing, in the Old Testament the church was also a country - in the New Testament the church exists inside of many countries.  Therefore, some of what was collected in the various Old Testament tithes would relate...

Friday, 17 June 2016 02:32

RMM RoundUp June 17

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Deuteronomy 22

In a book with so many regulations and laws, the reader can get accustomed to only seeing the restrictions. However, in this chapter, we should note that Moses puts forward some positive action. We should not read too fast past the first four verses because the sin of omission should be just as concerning as the sins of commission....

The more I learn about life here on earth the more I long to know about heaven. I suppose it is possible to think too much about the world to come, but I suspect that the greater danger is thinking too little.  In the Bible it appears that right thinking about the future is connected to right living in the present.  With that in mind, I...

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 04:36

RMM RoundUp June 15

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Deuteronomy 20

Deuteronomy 20 is one of the hardest chapters in the Bible to read.  It raises all kinds of difficult questions:

1.       How can a loving God command such horrible violence?2.     How is this any different than Islamic Jihad?3.     Isn’t this just further proof that the Old Testament is...

TGC Canada Council Member Stephen Bray

Steve Bray attended both Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Kingston Baptist Bible College for his undergraduate studies and Calvary Baptist Seminary for his (MDiv). Steve has been in pastoral ministry for over 20 years serving in both Fellowship and Canadian Baptist churches in Kingston Nova Scotia,...
Thursday, 09 June 2016 23:37

RMM RoundUp June 10, 2016

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Deuteronomy 15

God cares for those in need and makes provisions for His people to sustain them. Moses mentioned, in 14:27-29, the various classes of needy persons and in this chapter lays out some helpful legislation for a set of them. It should be noted that, when one comes to this chapter, the terminology and preconceived notions in our 21st cent...
Thursday, 09 June 2016 07:38

CLRA 2.0

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Evangelicals within left leaning denominations have frequently debated whether it is better to stay and seek renewal or to leave in protest and in pursuit of more effective association.  In favour of the latter position we might cite the counsel of Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones and the examples of the Anglican Church and the Church of Scotland, both...
Thursday, 09 June 2016 03:32

RoundUp June 9, 2016

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Deuteronomy 13-14

Both the Old and New Testaments spend a considerably amount of time attempting to protect the church from the danger of false prophets.  In Deuteronomy 13 there is an extended treatment of the topic:

1 “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or wonder that...

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