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...

Christian Profiles: Jared C. Wilson

Christian Profiles: Jared C. Wilson

Our last profile in our series of active Christian writers is Jared C. Wilson. Jared C. Wilson is one of the most genuine voices in Christian writing today. He was a pastor for many years but has recently transitioned to being the Director of Content Strategy at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Missouri. He is also the Managing Editor at For the Church, a ministry of Midwestern dedicated to producing Gospel driven resources...

Christian Profiles: Tim Keller

Christian Profiles: Tim Keller

Our second to last profile on a living Christian leader is on Tim Keller. Keller is perhaps the most well-known in our series and for good reason. In 1989, Keller planted Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan which now has a weekly attendance of over 5,000 people. This figure alone is incredibly impressive when one understands just how unchurched the residents of Manhattan have been historically...

Christian Profiles: Mark Dever

Christian Profiles: Mark Dever

Mark Dever has been the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. since 1994. He is also the President of 9Marks, an organization he founded to help the local church become healthy and sustain that health with Biblical practices. He is regular speaker at Conferences like John MacArthur’s Shepherds Conference, Together For the Gospel, and The Gospel Coalition...

Christian Profiles: Kevin DeYoung

Christian Profiles: Kevin DeYoung

Today I want to introduce you to a man who is perhaps the youngest who will be in this series, but has had one of the most successful writing careers over the last decade. Kevin DeYoung has been the pastor of University Reformed Church in Lansing, MI, for the last 15 years and will soon be transitioning to take the pastorate at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC, while also becoming the Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary...

Christian Profiles: J.I. Packer

Christian Profiles: J.I. Packer

Lately, I’ve been asked about a lot of writers and if I thought they were any good. I don’t claim to be an expert or anything but I do read regularly and intentionally. Most of the people asking me about authors are asking about “iffy” authors who have had some theological issues or perhaps the asker just was questioning some things. So I thought I would offer over the next few weeks a few profiles on some of Christianity’s greatest living authors and some of their most enduring works. 

Are Christians Ever Done with the Gospel?

Are Christians Ever Done with the Gospel?

If you’re a Christian, you’ve heard the Gospel and acted on it. You heard that “good news” that Jesus, who is God, became man to die on the cross for your sin in your place to fully satisfy the wrath of God, He was buried, He and rose again. If you’re a Christian, you’ve repented of your sin and trusted in that “good news” for salvation from that sin. For many people, they think that’s the end of the Gospel in their lives. The Gospel is just something a person needs to believe to become a Christian and then it’s something in the past. That’s simply not true...