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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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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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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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...

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