Fairest Lord Jesus February 16

Fairest Lord Jesus

Some hymns embed themselves into congregations, others not so much.  Many hymns walk us through many aspects of some doctrine or practice in the Christian faith.  Christianity is a ‘singing’ faith. “In 1677, a Roman Catholic Jesuit hymnbook included a hymn entitled Mün­ster Gesangbuch, but the text of the hymn was in existence at least […]

February 14

He Who Finds A Wife

“He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22 Today we celebrate my wife’s birthday and Valentine’s Day. Did I mention I was Scottish? If I forget one occasion, I can remember the other…… Seriously, God has blessed me with a wonderful spouse. Was it really that […]

February 08

‘Forensic’ Pastoring

I have the privilege of meeting some of God’s choice servants.  In recent years I’ve had extensive conversations with two pastoral leaders who are involved in ‘forensic pastoring.’ I coined the term in a recent phone call with one of them who outlined for me his work of assessment, diagnosis and biblical, pastoral prescription-writing for a […]

Wedding Day February 06

Honour Your …. Father

February 6, 1916 – My dad’s birth date.  He would have been 101 years old today but since May 2, 2004 he has been ‘dwelling in the house of the Lord.’ I’m thankful for his faith.  Through special meetings held at the home of the Fosters in Thornloe, Dad learned of his need of a […]

Praise the LORD! February 03

Sing Your Hearts Out to God

I’ve finally found a verse that supports the use of my ‘big voice’ while singing. (I’ll have to show it to my wife, the next time we sing together congregationally.) The core issue for me to work on is never volume! I was reading Colossians 3:16-17 and turned to The Message, an interesting paraphrase of […]

Hospitality February 01

The Love of Strangers

Even Wikipedia understands the truth about hospitality. Xenia – (trans. ‘guest-friendship’) is the ancient Greek concept of hospitality, the generosity and courtesy shown to those who are far from home and or/associates of the person bestowing guest-friendship. The rituals of hospitality created and expressed a reciprocal relationship between guest and host expressed in both material […]

Love God 100% January 30

Evidence of the Grace of God

One of the huge blessings I have in interacting with God’s people throughout Ontario, across Canada and around the world is witnessing the diversity of God’s work.  Though diversity abounds, and trust me it abounds through various styles of worship, leadership, fellowship, emphases, the unity of the Spirit of God is still seen with gatherings […]