Canadian Baptist of Western Canada
Archive for 2014

Vol 10 No. 53 Happy New Year

Dear Friends, The birth of Jesus is only the beginning as you will see unpacked in Michel Martel’s reflection on “le Petit Jesus”… from birth to Passover to empty tomb and Risen Christ. A completed picture of Jesus. As we await the New Year let’s ask one another, give sanction and permission to one another […]

Vol 10 No. 52 Final Advent Reflections

Dear Friends, I feel a bit like Yenta from Fiddler on the Roof; she was the matchmaker… in the film she introduced families and their children to each other so they could form relationship… in Yenta’s work, marriage… I feel like Yenta sometimes. I introduce families… churches, church communities and families to each other. I […]

Vol 10 No. 51 Further Advent Reflections

Dear Friends, It is nine days before Christmas and we are very much in the midst of the clutter of ordinary life. Never mind the subtleties, intensity and crowdedness of the mid-advent season. Our churches, our communities, our culture and our own choices get us into difficult places. There is, for some of us, in […]

Vol 10 No. 50 Advent Reflections

Dear Friends, The following folk have sponsored an advent reader through CBM which are made available both online and in print: Convention of Atlantic Baptist Churches Union d’Eglises Baptists Francophones du Canada Canadian Baptists of Quebec and Ontario CBWC CBM This publication has deeply affected many. Several of CBWC folk have written in this piece […]

Vol 10 No. 49 Note on New Year and Resolutions

Preparing to Read Scripture in the New Year and Two Advent Devotionals on the Shepherds Dear Friends, Words have great power and influence…take the first paragraph of Bev Willm Best’s reflection on Luke 2:8-15 I am not a writer, but I do know this. Words have power. Words have called into being people and planets; […]

Vol 10 No. 49 Note on New Year and Resolutions, Preparing to Read Scripture in the New Year and Two Advent Devotionals on the Shepherds

Dear Friends, Words have great power and influence…take the first paragraph of Bev Willm Best’s reflection on Luke 2:8-15 I am not a writer, but I do know this. Words have power. Words have called into being people and planets; they have started romances and ended wars. They have inspired nations and soothed babies. Words […]

Vol 10 No. 48 Many Announcements

Dear Friends, We have just finished the last two of eight Celebration Dinners across Western Canada. Edmonton and the Central Alberta meeting in Clive.  While there are a couple of unusual themes and observations I would like to make about these events, I primarily would like you to see the attached list of activities and […]

Vol 10 No. 47 A Focus on Evangelism

Dear Friends, Over the past few months we have been emphasising the whole narrative of people coming to personal faith in Christ. One of the exciting examples of that was the Lower Mainland Leadership Forum on 2 October 2014, held at Trinity Baptist Church, Vancouver, BC. Over 20 churches were represented out of the 30 […]

Vol 10 No. 46 Banff Pastors and Spouses Conference Reflections

Dear Friends, The 39th Banff Pastor’s and Spouses Conference was a very encouraging time. Our theme verse was simply Psalm 115:1 – Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Our Bible studies, by Loralyn Lind, focussed on that […]

Vol 10 No. 45 Scripture Reflection

Dear Friends, I asked Sam Chaise, Executive Director of Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) to describe a process they are engaged in at CBM. It includes a weekly bible study reflection, and as Sam writes, it goes like this: On a weekly basis the CBM senior leadership gathers on Wednesday mornings to read through the past […]