March 23

Conversion, Calling, Character, Competencies

As the winter semester winds down over the next few weeks, I’m having a variety of conversations with students. Some are graduating and exploring options for the future.  Others are seeking summer training and employment or are casting their vision farther down the road by planning for a fall internship. One of the three main […]

March 21

Preaching = Vehemence + Eloquence + Substance?

I watched a fascinating lecture by Dr. Tim Keller on preaching.  He spoke at the John Reed Miller Lectures on Preaching and challenged the students on ‘What is good preaching?’ He contrasted ‘good’ preaching with ‘great’ preaching and noted the absolute necessity of God opening hearts and using truth to bring about life change.  As […]

March 16

Lessons I’ve Learned From Our Dishwasher

About a year ago we purchased a dishwasher for a house we were renovating at the time.  We were directed to consider this business and ended up buying other appliances as well.  Over the first year we’ve had to request several service calls and ultimately the unit has been replaced twice.  We’re hoping soon to […]

March 14

He says to the snow….

 I love snow – I guess it’s the result of living in Northern Ontario for many years.   I loved snow as a child – especially those snow days – no school!   I loved snowshoeing, snowmobiling even making snow angels.  Now snow seems more of a challenge to driving and not such a source of entertainment. […]

March 09

One Vast Howling Wilderness

On this day in 1843 Scottish clergyman Robert Murray McCheyne writes in a letter, “You will never find Jesus so precious, as when the world is one vast howling wilderness. Then He is like a rose blooming in the midst of the desolation, a rock rising above the storm.” “….one vast howling wilderness?” I wonder […]

March 07

Gospel Parenting

Sunday morning I had the opportunity to serve a congregation in a service which combined parent/child dedication, communion and worship. I opted to speak from 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 on ‘Gospel Parenting.’ Though Paul, Silas and Timothy, as ‘apostles of Christ’ could have exerted their authority and burdened those they were seeking to reach (2:6b) they […]

March 02

Healthy or Unhealthy?

“How healthy are you?” Physically? Spiritually? Emotionally? Financially? Mentally? How do you know? What tests would you recommend to use in determining your health in these and other areas? Today marks Day #2 of the final module of the Graduate Certificate in Church Health & Evangelism.  Over the past 15 months I’ve had the joy […]