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Proclamation!

Along with two fellow pastors from the community, Joel Croswell and Dale Huston, I had the privilege of meeting this past week with Amie Wiebe, director for the Southern BC branch of the Canadian Bible Society. The purpose of our time together was to begin arrangements for a Proclamation! event for the Valley. There are moments when one has a profound sense of the Lord’s…

Days of Hope and Peace

There is no way of saying it kindly. Church splits are the pits! That is, when a church family faces times of dissension and division, the overwhelming result is rarely anything other than pain, sorrow and frustration. It is a sad reality but seldom can one find a fight that is more low-down and nasty than a family fight and when the family happens to be a congregational…

Do You Love Me?

We were blessed this past Sunday by having as our guest speaker Amie Wiebe, district secretary for the Canadian Bible society, southern BC region. Amie’s personal testimony of the power of the scriptures in her coming to faith in Christ Jesus is powerful and moving. You can hear her testimony if you check out the Sermons page on our website (if it is not posted yet, the…

Hating What God Hates

In his excellent little book, 9 Things a Leader MUST DO, author Henry Cloud (perhaps best known for co-authoring the book Boundaries with John Townsend) identifies suggests, as the title says, nine key commitments which great leaders seem naturally to undertake and which, when learned, can move any leader in the direction of personal growth and greater influence in their…

Something Must Resonate

The night Jefferson Bethke, 22, posted his “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” video on YouTube, he made a bet about how many views the video would get by morning. The highest guess was 6,000. By the time Bethke woke up the next day, the video had more than 100,000 views. Eight days after the video was posted, it had been viewed by over 14 million people. His video,…

Blessed Are Those…

Bishop Walpole was cited as having offered this wise counsel to a friend who was struggling with a life-shaping decision: “If you are uncertain of which of two paths to take, choose the one on which the shadow of the cross falls.” I suspect that the advice may not have been welcomed by Walpole’s friend. Or, to put it more personally, had that advice been given to me,…

When the Rioter Got Wise

Saturday’s paper reported that Vancouver Police chief Jim Chu was anticipating that the courts would take seriously the task of prosecuting the suspected Stanley Cup rioters. Some 215 charges have already been brought against 80 suspected rioters. Last Friday, one of those rioters, Ryan Dickinson, became the first person to plead guilty of the charges laid against him. I…

How Good and Pleasant

Our local ministerial meets tomorrow. This monthly gathering of peers in ministry is a highlight for me. I look forward to the opportunity to spend a bit of time chatting with other pastors and ministry workers, all of whom have such a heart for Jesus and for his kingdom and his church. Meeting with these men and women is the spiritual equivalent to a shot of B12…

The Undervalued Virtue

I regularly employ a couple of different devotionals as part of my daily routine of spending time in scripture and prayer with God. The one is the old classic, Streams in the Desert; the other is Job and Sawchuck’s A Guide to Prayer. Every now and then, the two seem to overlap in what I take as a divine call to pay attention to something God wants to impress upon me.…

What’s the Emphasis?

I was being given a hard time the other day because I had started to do some teaching with the words: “One of my favourite verses in scripture says…” I was immediately interrupted with the question, “Kerry, you are always talking about your favourite verses. You must have several hundred favourite verses. Which one is your favourite?” It took me a only couple of…

If a Tree Falls in a Forest…

One of the first questions often posed in an introductory philosophy class is the one about a tree falling in a forest, and if there is no one present to hear it fall, did it really make any noise. You might check out Wikipedia’s article on the subject—the range of answers is quite fascinating. Unfortunately, all of them tend to be very human-centered (and rather…

What Are We Afraid of?

In his book, Chasing Daylight: Seize the power of every moment, Irwin McManus wrote the following intriguing comment: You would think that having unlimited options would be the platform for freedom, but that is often not the case. We (i.e., Christians) have put so much emphasis on avoiding evil that we have become virtually blind to the endless opportunities for doing…

What Not to Do in the New Year…

One of the daily emails I receive is from Mikey’s Funnies, a Christian humor ministry. While it was a re-cycled posting, the reminder was still worthy of a chuckle. 15 EXERCISES WE’D BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT IN 2012… Jumping on the bandwagon Wading through paperwork Running around in circles Pushing your luck Spinning your wheels Adding fuel to the fire Beating…