Canadian Baptist of Western Canada
Archive for 2009

Vol 5 No. 52 For Everything There is a Season

We find ourselves in the aftermath of Christmas and (as many Christians celebrate) a week away from the day when the Magi are remembered.  We are also obviously on the cusp of the New Year. I want to capture these three festivals – Christmas, Magi (Epiphany) and the New Year by sharing some quotes and […]

Vol 5 No. 51 A Christmas Eve Story

I have been struck by the images of the outsider at Christmas.  Not the little match girl from Dickens, who looks from the outside but cannot come in.  Not Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Tin Man”, as the rejected child who through the cold and the snow looks in at the family gathering at a Christmas […]

Vol 5 No. 50 Advent – Week 4

Dear Folks,   Welcome to the season of Advent which pre-empts the two secular cultural commercialisations of our day:  the Christmas rush and New Year’s.  It is a declaration by all Christians that this is a season where we anticipate and lovingly await the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of all of […]

Vol 5 No. 49 Advent – Week 3

Dear Folks,   Welcome to the season of Advent which pre-empts the two secular cultural commercializations of our day:  the Christmas rush and New Year’s.  It is a declaration by all Christians that this is a season where we anticipate and lovingly await the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of all of […]

Vol 5 No. 48 Advent – Week 2

Dear Folks,   Welcome to the season of Advent which pre-empts the two secular cultural commercialisations of our day:  the Christmas rush and New Year’s.  It is a declaration by all Christians that this is a season where we anticipate and lovingly await the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of all of […]

Vol 5 No. 47 As We Approach Advent

Dear Folks, Welcome to the season of Advent which pre-empts the two secular cultural commercialisations of our day:  the Christmas rush and New Year’s.  It is a declaration by all Christians that this is a season where we anticipate and lovingly await the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of all of us […]

Vol 5 No. 46 Prayers of the Community

Dear Folks, On a regular basis we ask for prayer support from the constituency and today I wish to do so again. Remembering previous prayer requests, we begin with thanksgiving, giving thanks to God for the following: – Sam Breakey, at the Mustard Seed in Edmonton, has settled in marvellously in the last few months. […]

Vol 5 No. 45 A Debt That Remains Unpaid

In areas of war and peace, war making and peacemaking, we remain a nation in a state of denial and ungratefulness.  This is particularly disturbing as Christians because we should understand, as no one else does, the themes of sacrifice, advocacy and the defence of others.  It is a situation that is also puzzling as […]

Vol 5 No. 44 Short Term Ministries

This week’s newsletter is an extensive report from Nadia VanderKuip regarding her work on our behalf in short term ministries and mission in our family of churches.  You will see how the relationships of those calling for help, those interested in serving, and a larger desire to encourage one another in the family of Christ […]

Vol 5 No. 43 Building an Intentional Caring Ministry

We are called to love God and neighbours in various and sundry exhortations from Scripture.  As Christians we often hear the dual call of God but mistakenly choose God over neighbour or neighbour over God.  God asks us to choose both.  I John and Matthew 5-7outline the impossibility of splitting the two callings from one […]