Canadian Baptist of Western Canada


News & Notes Vol 13 No. 7

An introduction to an introduction to Easter Dear friends, As many of you are aware from common conversation and recent studies a large number of people in this country claim they are Christian and affiliated with a particular church.  You may also be aware that very few attend or are part of a Christian community […]

News & Notes Vol 13 No. 6

Do not go gently into this night because night never overcomes the light of Jesus (John 1:5) Dear friends, The picture that you see is from Trinity Baptist Church at 49thAve and Granville in Vancouver.  They have been placing a phrase, an inspirational thought, on their sign for what seems like decades now.   I have […]

Vol 13 No. 5 Announcement of our New Executive Minister

Dear friends, It is with great pleasure that our VP of Personnel and Programme, Kayely Rich, “guest writes” the newsletter today with her announcement of the appointment of our new Executive Minster, Rob Ogilvie, a dear friend and colleague.  More than enough said on my part.  I will let Kayely’s announcement speak for itself.  Next […]

Vol 13 No. 4 Pre-Board Staff News

Dear friends, There are so many encouraging and exciting things unfolding in our family of churches that there is no room in 1 letter to touch them all. Next week there will be an awful lot of stories… Stories from Haupi Tombing as a chaplain with the Navy on a frigate over Christmas and from […]

Vol 12 No. 3 The World After an Election

Dear friends, A lot of emotional energy and relational capital has been expended in the Canadian and American elections and in the perpetual political machinations of Europe.  We often find ourselves too tired, fed up, or simply apathetic to invest ourselves in the political process post election.  Just to talk about the Canadian election alone… […]

Vol 13 No. 2 Prayers and a Late Epiphany (a Lot of Them)

Dear friends, This last week was Epiphany.  That is important for a lot of reasons.  Let me name some. Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th and marks the visit of the Wise Men (Magi) to the Christ child. Epiphany was generally understood to be the end of Christmas for Western Christianity.  Because it is so […]

Vol 13 No. 1 Happy New Year

Dear friends, A miscellany today. First, a personal note on my own devotional cycle in a day…  Not because it is necessarily exemplary nor necessarily yours but I would love to hear any patterns that are present in this particular newsletter loop.  Please indicate in your response if I am able to share your experience.  […]

Vol 12 No. 52 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Ps 118:24)

Dear friends, Unlike 2016, I would like to begin this year with not only the day the Lord has made but that this will be the year that the Lord has made. I attended a church service last Sunday where the preacher suggested that 2016 was just about the worst year he could remember: Aleppo, […]

Vol 12 No. 51 Christmas Day. Merry Christmas. Christ is Born. Thinking of Home.

Dear friends, If the Easter greeting is: He is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Then a Christmas greeting might well be: Christ is Born. Hallelujah, Amen! We’ll each find our own way of starting out the joy of this day.  Each Christmas morning Kerry and I gather with our children (if they be home): Jessica […]

Vol 12 No. 50 Fourth week of Advent: Peace

Dear friends, Isaiah 9:6 calls the coming Messiah the Prince of Peace among other things. In John 14 Jesus said, “My peace I give to you.” Prince of Peace, Amen!  Giver of Peace, Amen… Its personal… a gift to us for ourselves and others, yes! All this peace talk is pretty “rich” given the sadness, […]