Canadian Baptist of Western Canada
Archive for 2005

Vol 2 No. 1 New Year’s Reflections

“For surely I know the plans I have for you , says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11  A very happy New Year to all in this community called the Baptist Union. Today’s newsletter comes at a time when some of the […]

Vol 1 No. 24 Christmas Letter

The mosaic instructions in Deuteronomy could easily apply to our Christmas preparations:  You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on you forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are […]

Vol 1 No. 23 Prayers

“For surely I know the plans I have for you , says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” Jeremiah 29:11   “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed by your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on […]

Vol 1 No. 22 Month of Sundays

There are times when this letter simply needs to catch up on some news. This week’s news takes the form of some of my visits and experiences; observations that might be useful in whatever context we find ourselves in. Our title is taken from that expression “a month of Sundays”, a phrase meant to suggest […]

Vol 1 No. 21 Christian Demographics

I mentioned in my earlier newsletter that I had met with other Executive and Area Ministers from other Baptist groups in Canada. The meeting was held in Edmonton under the leadership of Jamey McDonald who is the Baptist General of Conference of Canada Executive Director. As part of the two day meeting we met with […]

Vol 1 No. 20 Christian Calendar

First, some miscellaneous notes: I have had a fair amount of feedback on the Creeds and Statement of Faith discussion. It is a discussion, not a denominational trajectory, on the radar of the Board and Senior Staff but initiated by me and I take responsibility for facilitating a lively debate, not for pre-determining its conclusion. […]

Vol 1 No. 19 Banff Pastors Conference

First, some miscellaneous notes: I have had a fair amount of feedback on the Creeds and Statement of Faith discussion. It is a discussion, not a denominational trajectory, on the radar of the Board and Senior Staff but initiated by me and I take responsibility for facilitating a lively debate, not for pre-determining its conclusion. […]

Vol 1 No. 18 CBM

I spent the week of October 25 to 31st in Montreal at the board meetings of the Canadian Baptist Ministries. Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) is a uniting and enabling organization that brings the largest Baptist groups in the country together. These groups include: ∙ United Baptist Convention of the Atlantic Provinces ∙ L’Union d’Eglises Baptistes […]

Vol 1 No. 17 Remembrance Day

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War. What follows is a blunt, and in some places disturbing reflection of that event. Each year the number of veterans for the Second World War become fewer and fewer. The stories become harder to retrieve. Our dependence on memory becomes more […]

Vol 1 No. 16 Creeds

We have a great deal to be thankful for as Baptists as we have (by and large) been the historical advocates for the religious tolerance, separation of church and state and the biblical “marriage” between social justice and evangelism. One of the distinctives that many are most enamoured with is that we are not a […]