Canadian Baptist of Western Canada
Archive for 2011

Vol 7 No. 52 Happy New Year!

Dear Folks, Harold Camping, the American Christian radio broadcaster (and someone who brings disrepute to many things Christian) has finally retired.  The media has reasserted itself as the prophetic predictor of all things. The particular outlet that was especially galling was the BBC, galling because they mention the death of Amy Winehouse and the Royal […]

Vol 7 No. 51 To Us A Child Is Born

Dear Folks, Isaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:6-7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called […]

Vol 7 No. 50 Emmanuel, “God With Us”

Dear Folks, I am always deeply thankful for our church’s names when they are clear biblical or theological allusions or references. Names like Beulah and Trinity come to mind, but especially the name, Emmanuel, meaning ‘God with us’, which is in its naming the clear declaration of the presence of God and a welcome to […]

Vol 7 No. 49 Year End and the Topic of Money

Dear Folks, We will get to the meaning of the title in a moment, but first, I want to say that Christmas is a time to speak of gifts; indeed, to dwell on the meaning of Advent is to explore the inexpressible gift of Christ and Christmas.  And while it is understandable and appropriate to […]

Vol 7 No. 48 Mary’s Song

Dear Folks,   I realize this may be a little late for the Advent cycle but it is part of a meditation I wrote in preparation for Christmas.  I suppose if one was going to be technical about the last part, it is nine months late, because this story occurred that long before Christmas. For […]

Vol 7 No. 47 Partnerships and Possibilities

Dear Folks, Here are the letters that Jan and I wrote as an introduction to the Partnerships and Possibilities brochure. Some of you may have already received it in the mail. Bob Webber, Jennifer Lau, Sam Chaise and myself collaborated to put Mosaic (the magazine published by Canadian Baptist Ministries) and the Partnerships and Possibilities […]

Vol 7 No. 46 An Early Christmas Reminder

Dear Folks, Christmas never sneaks up on me. Every year just after Christmas I reflect a little, make note of a few lessons learned and determine that next year I will endeavour to approach Christmas in a different way. I usually have 360 days, plus or minus, to begin my new approach for the next […]

Vol 7 No. 45 Banff Pastors and Spouses Conference

Dear Folks, As you know from previous newsletters, the Banff Pastors and Spouses Conference included input from 4 speakers. Darrell Johnson led us in a study of John 17 each morning. This was followed by communion: lead the first morning by Dennis Stone, Devin Seghers, and Rob Ogilvie, the subsequent morning by Caryn and Brian […]

Vol 7 No. 44 Apple Cider Day

Dear Folks, Anne Smith is the new minister at The Church at Southpoint in White Rock, BC. She has written a wonderful piece that is attached to this newsletter. It is all about the fall, and harvest and I dare not go further because I will spoil what is quite eloquent and perfect just by […]

Vol 7 No. 43 Personnel Announcement

Dear Folks, This is the announcement Bill Mains has prepared. I am very thankful to Larry Nelson, Bill Mains and the Board and Executive Staff.   Warmly, In Christ, Jeremy   Wednesday, October 26th, 2011 PERSONNEL ANNOUNCEMENT    NEW DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE APPOINTED   Rev. Jeremy Bell, Executive Minister of the Canadian […]