What Should I Read Christmas Morning?

What Should I Read Christmas Morning?

I hope that your Christmas is full of joy and wonder at the amazing gift that God gave the world - His own Son who would pay the ultimate price to redeem us from our sin. So this year, before you unwrap all of the gifts and celebrate traditions with loved ones, make sure to...

What Music is Most Glorifying to God?

What Music is Most Glorifying to God?

Let’s talk about one of the most controversial subjects in all of Christianity. While perhaps a few Christians do not have a stance on the various views of election, every Christian has an opinion on what music is best in corporate worship scenarios. Why is this? Because music is so fundamental to the life of a believer...

Are you Ready for Christmas?

Are you Ready for Christmas?

This coming Sunday is the beginning of Advent. It’s the season we anticipate the birth of our Lord and Savior and look forward to His return and reign. This is a big deal, yet often we get so distracted with the physical needs of the Christmas season. We focus on making sure that the decorations are up, presents are purchased, and all the traditions are kept. Is this what Christmas is truly about?...

What should the Church Learn from #ChurchToo?

What should the Church Learn from #ChurchToo?

If you pay any attention to culture, then you are aware of the insane amount of horrific stories of sexual abuse by famous and powerful individuals. These individuals have been prominent actors like Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. to executives like Harvey Weinstein and most recently Pixar’s John Lasseter...

The Syndrome Effect

The Syndrome Effect

“There are many ways to God.” All of us have been told this at some point over the last few years. While it has been an increasingly popular response from culture, it is becoming more and more prevalent with those who would claim to be Evangelical. One must ask the question, where did this concept come from? The answer is multi-faceted, but I believe one of the main culprits resides in the inclusivity of our society...

Proof for God: The Law of Causality

Proof for God: The Law of Causality

Logic is one of the most valuable tools that man has in order to understand his place in the grand scope of the vast universe. Logic sheds light on how man was created, its purpose, and where man is supposed to go. Logic is ruled by reasonable laws, one of which is the law of causality. This law of causality simply states that every effect must have a preceding cause. As man looks around there are many effects in the universe. The mountain range is an effect, the stars are an effect, grass, trees, animals, even man’s own existence is an effect. One must ponder then based on the law of causality, what is the cause of all of these effects?...

Why is Sunday So Important?

Why is Sunday So Important?

This past Sunday, I read a paragraph from Joe Thorn’s The Life of the Church at the beginning of our service. It reads, “Corporate worship is one of the primary means by which disciples are made. It is not a show to observe, nor an event to attend. It is the centerpiece of the Christian life where...

Here We Stand: 500 Years of Reformation

Here We Stand: 500 Years of Reformation

Many of us know the story, On October 31st, 1517 a young monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 areas of disagreement on the church doors of Wittenberg thus lighting the flame that led to the Reformation. We celebrate that day because...

What is a Christian to Do in the Face of Tragedy?

What is a Christian to Do in the Face of Tragedy?

It seems that every week there is another tragedy. Whether it’s a storm that leaves people without food or shelter, some sort of terrorist attack, or a mad man on a killing spree, it happens every week now. Many Christians do not know how to respond when these things happen...

5 Tips for Family Devotions

5 Tips for Family Devotions

The most important thing a Christian parent can do for their child is to show them their need for Jesus. There are many different ways to do this, but one of the main ways to help your children understand the Gospel is through some form of family devotions. Now, this too can take many different forms...

5 Books that Have Encouraged Me

5 Books that Have Encouraged Me

I know, another blog post about books. Just bear with me though. Books are tools for Christians. Because our faith is something that is in the heart and grown through knowledge of God’s Word, books can help us in our faith by showing us truth from God’s Word...

Nashville Statement

Nashville Statement

Rather than writing a blog today I would like to simply point your attention to a document that was released last week called the Nashville Statement. A group of like minded theologians, pastors, and Christian leaders contributed to a statement on the issues of gender and sexuality...

What God's Sovereignty Offers the Christian

What God's Sovereignty Offers the Christian

I know, even as you read that title you got a little scared, didn’t you? For many Christians the sovereignty of God is a difficult topic to discuss. They hear the word ”sovereignty”and rush to an argument regarding a certain Reformer from Geneva, yet the sovereignty of God is a deep-rooted truth in God’s Word...

There is Hope for the Racist

There is Hope for the Racist

It's been a rough couple of weeks for many around the world. Whether it's racist and violent protests, threats of nuclear war, or terrorism attacks, all of us have felt the tension and hurt. It could be very easy for us to begin to get depressed by what we see happening in the world. We see images of bodies being hurled into the air or explosions and we could easily think “why is this happening? Why is there so much hatred?”...

5 Tips for Doing Personal Devotions

5 Tips for Doing Personal Devotions

Doing daily devotions is one of the most beneficial things a Christian can do in their life. It’s an important aspect of the Christian’s life to be alone with God and hear His Word and talk to Him in prayer. Yet, many Christians struggle with their daily devotions. There are many contributing factors - busyness, lack of desire, and distractions...

How To Get The Most Out Of Sermons

How To Get The Most Out Of Sermons

Are you getting everything that you can out of the Sunday Sermon? I’m not talking about taking more notes, but are we being changed by the Word of God every time the pastor preaches it? If we are to be honest the answer is “probably not.” Whose fault is this?...

The Sin Many Christians Forget

The Sin Many Christians Forget

Living the Christian life is one of constant battle. You see, even though our sin is covered under the blood of Christ and we are no longer responsible for the judgment of that sin, we still do it. We sin all the time, because we’re fallen human beings and it’s within our nature to sin. Yet, as Christians we cannot just ignore these sins or be laid back about dealing with them. They are serious, and while they may not send us to Hell because of the substitutionary death of Christ, we should be compelled by love for Christ to fight these sins wherever and whatever they may be...

Are We a Result Driven Church?

Are We a Result Driven Church?

Are you an efficiency junkie? Are you constantly trying to figure out a better or faster way to accomplish a certain task. I remember when I was a teenager mowing lawns, I would constantly try out a different pattern to take less time on a yard. We do this in our workplaces as well. It’s part of business, right? We have to be better, faster, and smarter than our competition in order to advance ourselves or meet our goals. While, a lot of the time this can be a great motivating drive, sometimes it can make us...

Let's Learn From the Past

Let's Learn From the Past

We live in an interesting time and space here in Saskatoon, Canada. There are churches galore, so many that would claim to be Christian but do not support the basic doctrines of the faith. And if they support them they also support other ideologies that have infected their doctrine and perverted it into something that no longer resembles the doctrine of the Bible...

5 Reasons Our Church Needs The Gospel Coalition Canada

5 Reasons Our Church Needs The Gospel Coalition Canada

As a pastor, I get dozens of calls and even more mail from various ministries, organizations, and associations who all claim to be able to help our church reach more people for Christ. In a way, I’ve become a little calloused to the idea of these types of organizations. Yet, something has come along that I think could actually be of benefit to our church. More than that, I think our church needs this organization - The Gospel Coalition Canada...