Pastor Kerry (Page 2)

Pastor Kerry (Page 2)

All posts written by our previous pastor, Kerry McIntyre.

Do You Want to Get Well?

Spider-webbing is one of those “coined” terms to describe how some folk seem to bounce from one topic of conversation to another topic that seems to be utterly unrelated. Yet, with a bit of patience and exploration, some thread of connection can usually be found, although it may weave back and forth through a myriad of associations between the place of origin and the…

Got Suggestions?

A couple of blogs ago, as I was explaining how our new logo design originated, I also commented on the tagline, “Be Inspired.” I reminded readers that only the Holy Spirit can truly “inspire.” Like our mission statement which describes us as a community of faith inviting all to find real life in Jesus, the tagline was meant to beckon a searching world to seek after real…

Rattling Doorknobs

Sometimes God speaks so profoundly and directly into our lives that there is simply no avoidance of the reality. We may not be so quick to obey, but there is no question that God showed up and spoke into our private world with a Word so strong and compelling that we knew to the depth of our being what the Lord wanted of us. Other times, God is less directive and seems to…

Brother Saul….

The devotional reflection offered at the meeting of Presbytery this morning has continued to rattle around in my heart all day. Ron Fischer, the minister of the host congregation, began the reflection with a long quote from a recent report conducted for the Life and Mission Agency of our national church. Part of reference was to the church’s seeming difficulty in and…

Courage

I have been thinking about courage recently. Perhaps it is because Remembrance Day is just around the corner and the theme of courage, like that of sacrifice, are so central to our day of national remembrance of those who served in time of war. Perhaps it has also been seasoned a little from reading a book on evangelism and the courage it takes to “walk across the room”…

I Want Deliverance, Not Character!

That’s what he said to me, and the assertion was spoken with anger and impatience. He had wanted help, he said, with some personal and faith issues, the nub of which was that life was hard, and it wasn’t getting any better. “I’ve prayed for healing,” he said. “I’ve prayed for God to change my situation and get me out of this mess. I’ve prayed for God to make things…

My Kingdom Go

Dr. Grace Kim, speaker at this year’s Synod of BC, offered one of those intriguing asides that has continued to rattle around in my head since the weekend. She commented that when we pray the Lord’s Prayer and say, “Thy kingdom come,” we ought to understand that we are really adding: “and my kingdom go.” That is, just as it is necessary for us to set aside our resistant…

Dig Open My Ears

A friend of mine sent me the following devotional. He had found it powerful, as do I. A brilliantly conceived metaphor in Psalm 40:6…literally it reads: “You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings; ears You have dug for me, I finally understand.”  It is puzzling that no translator renders the sentence into English in just that way. All prefer to…

Earworms

I’ve had an earworm for the last three days. It’s not particularly contagious, and certainly this particular variety of earworm is not likely to have any lasting or detrimental effect, though it is a bit of a nuisance at night time when I am trying to get to sleep. And, after three days, it is becoming a real annoyance. In case you may not know the reference, an earworm…

Followership

A recent journal article began with reference to old movie dancers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (a reference that may likely mean nothing to anyone under 35). The legendary dance team who starred in countless musicals made dancing look not just incredibly graceful but so easy as well. An often repeated observation was that Astaire was amazing, but Rogers danced all the…

Marketing

One of the ministries that have been working with over the past few months is best described as our marketing team. Generally, when the term “marketing” is mentioned within a church setting, many folk automatically shudder and wince. And I understand why the reaction is as it is. We naturally dislike the idea of advertising the church or faith or Jesus as some sort of…

Humbled

I led the youth group this evening. Or more factually, a mom from the congregation and I together led the youth group. Or perhaps more truthfully, I ought to say, the youth group led me. By that I don’t mean that they dictated the evening or ran me ragged (well, maybe a bit ragged!). What I do mean is that they led to a fresh appreciation of what a challenging job youth…

The Gremlins Were Busy

The gremlins got busy with my last post, with the result that the text was mangled with, among other typographical nuisances, repeated and misplaced paragraphs. The posting on the website eventually got corrected, but it didn’t help anyone who received the posting as a direct forward via email. To those who were left mystified by the mistakes, my apologies! I remember…

You Do a Good Funeral…

After both of the two funeral services which I’ve conducted this past week, I’ve had people speak to me with surprisingly earnestness, thanking me for my words or prayers or for the service as a whole. As a pastor, I have gotten quite accustomed to having people nod at the door, shake my hand and mumble some polite acknowledgment of my leadership. Such response, no doubt,…

Back to the Blog

For anyone who was reading my blog, you may have noticed there has been an absence of new submissions. Partly that was due to my being away in South Africa visiting our daughter and her family, and I decided that I would give myself permission to stop writing during my time away. I have, however, been back for several weeks, and getting back to the routine and habit of…

Faith Not a Personal Affair

One of the ironies of our Christian faith is that we are constantly met with apparently contrasting assertions in which the “true truth” lies in the tension. In our evangelical tradition, for instance, we put great emphasis on the fact that faith must be personal; that is, believers are called to discover and nourish a living, personal relationship with the Lord Jesus…

And Tissues in Every Pew

We were getting ready for a funeral service. Eleanor, as she often does, went through the sanctuary, making certain that everything was neat and tidy. In particular, she wanted to be sure that there were boxes of tissue in the pews where the mourners would be sitting. She came into my office, laughing. “I don’t know what kind of church this is, but I found a box of tissue…

Privacy Screens

I’ve been working in my back yard building a lattice privacy screen for a new patio area. The overall plan is somewhat ambitious. We are moving our current patio area into what is now garden area, while moving the garden to what is now all paving blocks. As part of the process, I’ve built a raised  planter with a pergola and lattice wall, which eventually be covered with…

With Heads Held High

There is a lovely phrase in the 26th chapter of the Book of Leviticus (an Old Testament book that is too often skipped over). The focus of that chapter is God’s reminder to Israel that in obedience to his word, there was great blessing to be received. If they were to refrain from idol worship but were to hold the Sabbath in reverence, they would discover the Lord raining…