Posts tagged saskatchewan
What Makes a Good Sermon?

A few months ago I wrote a similar post on this topic. In that article I showed what Peter’s sermon in Acts 2 teaches us about preaching great sermons. In this article, I want to shift a little to focus on what good preaching is not and then we will look at what is good preaching...

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What To Do While You Wait On God

Life is full of decisions. Some decisions are as simple as figuring out what’s for supper, many are more complex like deciding your career or who to marry. As Christians, we should all be striving to honor God in making these decisions. We should sincerely want the decisions we make to line up with our understanding of what God desires for our lives. Many Christians call this understanding the will of God in our lives...

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Should Christians Celebrate Halloween?

The leaves are falling nearly as fast as the temperatures. The cooler temperatures and beautifully colored leaves remind us that it’s about that time again. Every year Christians are seemingly perplexed and puzzled on whether they should be involved with Halloween or not. Good Christians stand on both sides of the argument, which means that this is not a simple question and there is room for disagreement...

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Can a Woman Teach Sunday School?

Complementarianism is the belief that men and women have distinct roles within the home and the local church that are complimentary to one another. So men have the distinct role of being the leader first in the home and then if qualified in the local church, while women have the role of being submissive and helpful to the man in the home and the local church. The line of complementarianism in the home is an easy one to put on paper at least, but the local church is a different story…

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Canadian Churches Helping Canadian Churches

While most people skip past the introductions and benedictions of the Epistles, I’m oddly drawn to them. I’ve always found it interesting to see how an inspired writer would begin to communicate the God-given truth He had been entrusted with to his audience. There are so many truths that get missed in these overlooked verses, after all every word is inspired by God right? One passage that has always stuck with me is Philippians 1…

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Stop Stealing Sermons! (Preaching & Plagiarism)

The next night this prominent figure in conservative Christian circles was preaching at the nightly rally. It was going well until something sounded really familiar. Then another. And another. I quickly realized that he was preaching my outline that I had given him the day before...

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Racism is a Gospel Issue

On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, there are many who are rightfully considering his message today. Dr. King was far from a perfect man, but his message is one that we still need today. North America has never been more divided. For those reading that last sentence and thought, "But Canada does not have the same problems as the States," let me assure you - racism is alive and regretfully well in the Great North...

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How I Catechize My Children

..Despite what authors might write in their parenting books, there is no definite way to make sure you’re child belongs to the elect. After all, salvation belongs to the Lord not us. He is sovereign over all things, including the salvation of my children. Yet, this does not excuse the Christian parent from doing everything...

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Can Christians Use Marijuana?

Bob Dylan said it better than anyone in our modern culture, “The times they are a changin’…” This is true across every aspect of our daily lives. Sometimes this change is good and helpful, just look at how far racial equality has come over the last 50-60 years (and there’s a lot further to go). Sometimes this change is extremely unhelpful and even sinful...

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Soul Winning: Stop Saying That!

I run in fairly conservative circles, so I understand if this post does not mean anything to you, but I hear this phrase of “soul winning” a lot. Honestly, I hear it way too often. Yet, every time it makes me squirm. Soul winning might be the most prideful and legalistic term that I hear good Christians use on a regular basis...

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How to Read like a Theologian

I read a lot of books. Let me be specific, I read a lot of theological books. I don’t read to make myself look smarter than I am or in an attempt to impress anyone else. I read theology for me. I read theology because I need it. I’m a flawed human being who needs to constantly be growing in the grace and knowledge of my Lord Jesus Christ...

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What's the Difference Between a Bad Teacher and a False Teacher?

Have you ever been listening to a sermon and thought, “Wow, this is bad?” Maybe it’s just the sermon overall, or perhaps it’s a specific statement the preacher makes that sets off your theology alarm and you know he’s wrong. I think we’ve all been there. Sometimes it’s tempting to just label the teacher a false teacher and move on...

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Book Review - On the Block by Doug Logan

Everyone loves to talk about being missional but few can really describe what it means to be missional beyond being evangelistic. Doug Logan has written the book on missional engagement. On the Black is a must read for any church planter or urban ministry pastor...

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Who Rules the Local Church?

Every church is different. There are different ministries, styles, and of course different people. There also different leadership structures in seemingly every church. Some churches are ruled by the pastors. Some are ruled by the deacon board. And some are ruled by a board of congregants. So which way is best?...

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3 Reasons to Plant Churches

We live in an age of extremes. If you like cake that must mean you vehemently despise pie.  If you enjoy writing with pencil then you must hate pens. If you are an Apple fanboy (as I am) then you must think all Windows machines belong in the garbage. Ok, maybe that last one is true, but I think you get my point...

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