Canadian Baptist of Western Canada
Archive for 2013

Vol 9 No. 52 Thanks Be for Mary and Joseph’s ‘Yes’

  Dear Friends, Matthew 1:18-25: 18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiahtook place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, […]

Reflection on Nelson Mandela

Christmas and the Gift of Forgiveness Dear Friends, If we believe in the incarnation; Emmanuel, God with us, it is essential that we examine, engage and interact with the events in the middle of our collective experience. Nelson Mandela’s death is one of these things that prompt us to engage in with our faith.  It […]

Vol 9 No. 51 Christmas and the Gift of Forgiveness

  Dear Friends, If we believe in the incarnation; Emmanuel, God with us, it is essential that we examine, engage and interact with the events in the middle of our collective experience. Nelson Mandela’s death is one of these things that prompt us to engage in with our faith.  It is not always clear, definitive […]

Vol 9 No. 50 A Meditation for the Longest Night

  Dear Friends, We will publish an article on Nelson Mandela on Thursday on our website but today we want to recognize and minister to those amongst us for whom Christmas is difficult.  Doug Bingham is an old friend.  He is a long standing member of Kits Church who published this Advent guide.  The Bingham […]

Gordon “Keith” Churchill

GORDON “KEITH” CHURCHILL  BA, M.Div, D.Min (1939-2013) of Greenwich, NS. A gentle man has gone quietly toward a new horizon. Keith was born in Sydney, NS, the son of Rev Ernest and Blanche Churchill who were pastoring in Mira, CB.  His public schooling took place in Digby, NS where he was active in student affairs. […]

Vol 9 No. 49 A New Way of Looking at Things

Dear Friends, Part 1: The new Partnerships and Possibilities Guide is now available.  It represents the outstanding writing and editing work of Ceal McLean, chair of our Communications Committee.  It is a labour of love, gifted layout and creative thoughtfulness by Bob Webber, our Director of Ministries. This year’s topics include: Church Support Supporting Pastors […]

Vol 9 No. 48 Advent Etc

Dear Friends, I love Christmas.  Period.  The now deceased Nova Scotian Rita McNeil would keep her Christmas tree (I presume it was artificial) up for up to eights months of the year.  I don’t like Christmas THAT much.  There are many joys to be found here.  The Advent season slows down the hype of the […]

William Gietz

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Rev. William Gietz on November 21 at the age of 96 in Winnipeg. Rev. William (“Bill”) Gietz was born in 1917 on a farm in Poland, emigrating to Canada with his family in 1928 and settling near Pincher Creek, AB.  He attended Winnipeg Bible Institute (now […]

Vol 9 No. 47 In Memoriam

Clive Staples Lewis (Nov 29, 1898-Nov 22, 1963), Aldous Leonard Huxley (July 26, 1894-Nov 22, 1963), John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917-Nov 22, 1963) Dear Folks, C.S. Lewis and his brother, Warnie, lived in a home called the Kilns near Oxford in England. Late afternoon on Nov 22nd, 1963, Warnie heard a crash emanating from […]

Vol 9 No. 46 A Larger Family

Dear Folks, This Sunday is CBWC Sunday.  A group of churches that began in a preliminary inquiry in 1869 but began with the first service, as we’ve mentioned before in this newsletter, in May of 1873 when Pioneer McDonald began services in Winnipeg.  There are now over 700 Baptist churches throughout Western Canada of different […]