Contributing sermons since Sep 7, 2003
Contributed on May 15, 2022
A careful and self-aware reading of Scripture demonstrates that God uses men and women equally in the body of Christ. He equips and empowers for His glory. We are better off if we don't resist His hand of grace.
May 2022 Sermon - Women in the Church - Acts 2:16-21; Galatians 3:26-29 Today we are beginning a short series on an issue that is very close to my heart. That issue is to do with the wellness of the body of Christ, the overall health of the church. And it’s to do with the responsibility of the ...read more
Contributed on Apr 24, 2022
Here's a look at the Ethiopian Eunuch and Philip. There's good things to learn from their encounter.
April 24, 2022 Sermon - Acts 8:26–40 The Aftermath of Easter - Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch Today we are going to have a look at an early convert to Christ, after the first Resurrection Sunday, one of the first who came to Jesus in faith. We had an amazing Easter Sunday last week. What a joyful ...read more
Contributed on Apr 10, 2022
This message looks at the events of Palm Sunday from the differing perspectives of those who were there.
Sermon for CATM – April 10, 2022 – The Triumphal Entry: A Perplexing Day – Matthew 21:1-10 On Palm Sunday we remember a truly perplexing day. As part of our worship today we’ve sung songs of celebration, some of which perhaps have some of the spirit and energy of what we imagine the triumphal ...read more
Contributed on Apr 3, 2022
This message probes the question of theodicy. How are we to understand suffering? How do we develop a healthy and Biblical Theology of Suffering?
April 3, 2022 Sermon - Hard Questions Series; “If God is Good, Why is There Suffering?” Where IS God when things go wrong? If God is good, why is there suffering? Today is the last in our short series where we have been exploring hard questions of the Bible, of God. I hope you’ve enjoyed this ...read more
Contributed on Mar 14, 2022
This is a Sermon in a series on the hard questions of the Bible. It addresses how to handle tension within Holy Scripture
March 13, 2022 sermon - Hard Questions 2: Faith & Works Ephesians 2:8-9 and James 2:14-26 Welcome to Church at the Mission, back in person! Are you happy to be here and not on your phone or computer? I am! We’re thankful to God that it has been possible to continue worship services and Bible ...read more
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Contributed on Aug 29, 2014
I was speaking with someone this past week who has spent a great deal of his life travelling around the world, much of it for a mission agency. He spoke of a time when he visited an extremely remote, forested part of India where people live very primitively. He stayed there for a while. This fellow ...read more
Contributed on Feb 13, 2011
JOY IN THE MIDST OF ROUGH WATERS I’ve spent a fair bit of time in recent weeks doing funeral pre-planning for my parents. Making decisions about final disposition of the remains of people you have loved all your life is not any fun at all. It can be overwhelmingly sad. After spending hours ...read more
Contributed on May 23, 2010
Then we have the symbol of being under water. I tell some of the baptismal candidates when meeting with them ahead of time that once they are under the water, the congregation votes how long they should stay under water. The voting process ...read more
Contributed on Jan 11, 2009
My daughter Elia has given me permission to tell this story. Elia faced a huge dilemma in high school when her best friends from junior high days started hanging out with a rough crowd, starting smoking and crossing all sorts of boundaries. In order to keep the friendships she would have to start ...read more
Contributed on Nov 2, 2008
A friend of mine pastors in the Bloor West village in Toronto and runs a "God at the Pub" where he holds open discussions on the Christian faith in a bar setting. He told me the other day that he has all sorts of people there who are not people of faith, but who have told him they want to model ...read more