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
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 06:19

Confessions Of A Complementarian

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On the issue of complimentarianism and egalitarianism, our churches are consistently inconsistent.  Undeniably we have churches that are fully egalitarian with roles of leadership (pastor, elder, deacon) open to both men and women; we also have a number, though admittedly in the minority, that...

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Any time Canadian Baptists gather for 3 days of meetings in a relatively enclosed space there is bound to be some mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly. Throw in a dash of fellowship and a pinch of politics and you have the essential recipe for every CBOQ Assembly that I have ever...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 03:07

An Interesting Day At CBOQ Assembly

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Today was a most interesting day. Today we learned that our denomination has 21 million dollars in hedged assets but has seen its purchasing power reduced by nearly $500,000 a year due to reduced givings from churches. So many are dying. So many are closing. This year a substantial portion of...

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CLRA Confession Article VIIIFew subjects produce such heated debate amongst Baptist churches in the 21st Century as the matter of church autonomy.  It is broadly acknowledged that autonomy is a distinctive of Baptist churches that sets it apart from other families of churches, yet the meaning...

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Thursday, 25 May 2017 02:10

Proposed Motion For CBOQ Assembly 2017

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BackstoryOn February 19th, 2014 CLRA co-founder Marc Bertrand and I released a blog article titled “Canaries In A Coalmine” on the adfontes website. The article described two active stories within the wider family of Canadian Baptist churches that seemed to reveal a deep sub-surface...

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As a pastor I don’t often get to “go to church” so I was eager to do so this past week while on vacation. In no particular order here are a few of the things that I learned: 1.         I need to be served, fed and built up in my faith U...

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This past week at the TGC National Conference in Indianapolis the conference organizers went to great lengths to promote and distribute a new resource produced by Tim Keller, the recently retired pastor Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Catechism is making a comeback, in large part due to the...

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Saturday, 11 February 2017 01:29

How, When And Where Should We Have “The Talk”?

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There are certain lines that I remember from my childhood; certain parenting gems that have lodged in my heart and in my mind and that have formed the bedrock of my worldview and character. My dad used to say: “If you are going to do it, do it right”. My mom used to say: “It...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 21:32

What Does The Bible Say About Sexual Orientation?

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Editor's Note: As I mentioned yesterday, I would welcome other voices from within the CBOQ to use this forum to discuss the complicated issue of LGBTQ affirmation. What does it mean to affirm? What are we affirming? What if some churches affirm what the Bible condemns? What is sin? What effect do...

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Canadian Baptists are really good at avoiding hard conversations. Ever since the T.T. Shields debacle in the 1920’s we have been terrified of theological controversy. Theology divides, mission unites – so we have told ourselves for nearly 100 years. But it turns out that theology...

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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...

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