I’ve been invited to move my Cowboyology blog to The Gospel Coalition Canada website, and I count it a real honour. The new blog is here: http://canada.thegospelcoalition.org/cowboyology/ I’ll be leaving my old blog here intact, but I won’t be posting here anymore. So just like they sing at the end of the Calgary Stampede rodeo, “Happy Trails
In Ezekiel 47 there is a vision of the Temple given to the prophet. In the vision, a flow of water spills out of the temple. It starts as merely a trickle (v.2).The flow begins like so many things associated with the glory of God revealed. It starts small. It is almost imperceivable. It’s a
It isn’t something that has been written about in the popular Christian leadership magazines in the West. There aren’t conference topics on the subject at gatherings for church leaders in the US, Canada, Britain or Australia. But things are changing. Now churches have to think about the reality of protecting people who are interested
In Vancouver, Franklin Graham will be conducting a ‘Festival of Hope’ which is the rebranded name for evangelistic meetings which his father held under the now impolitic name of ‘crusades’. But the crusader imagery has been brought to the forefront again as a group of churches in Vancouver have signed a letter denouncing Graham’s arrival.
Too much or not enough? That is always the challenge when we look to church history, historical theology and the history of biblical interpretation. How much credence do we give to the reflections and conclusions of those who have gone before us. The Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck is really helpful : The history of dogma
Grace spotting We were blessed to be able to give thanks to God as we gathered together on Sunday March 12th to learn in our Sunday School classes, and to hear from 1 Thessalonians 5.18 which said, “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Sermon
Grace Spotting In the Core Seminars, the OT Overview continued to uncover the beginnings of God’s people, while the Jumpstart class continued to lay foundations for Christian faith and life. In the seminar, Living as the Church we looked at corporate prayer and preaching in church. In all of these ways we are learning about
As a regular practice, I am going to recast the Grace-spotting which I have written about in the past, and include some supplementary resources based on the Word heard together. Let me know if this kind of ‘curation’ of resources is helpful. Graces This past Sunday we gathered to be reminded of God’s
I am very thankful as I write because God has blessed me with a church that generously permits me to vacation in the winter time, and for all of the people who have served in the last weeks as I’ve been away. As 2016 fades in the rear view mirror and 2017 is already underfoot,
[M]inisters are a merchandize one cannot lay one’s hands on as easily as it were to be desired. John Calvin, Letters Volume 4, Page 320.
It’s really encouraging to see all of the good and godly resources that are available to Canadian Christians today. Consider what a blessing it is to have Tim Challies writing and resourcing us, assisting in the discipleship of Christians all over the world. There are new initiatives like The Gospel Coalition Canada getting off the
I’m getting too old for this. Or that’s what I thought when I slowly rolled myself into the half ton as we went to gather cattle. It all started fairly innocent. My brother and I were assembling horses for all of the kids to ride, his son and daughter and my two boys. All told
In the span of three days I’ve seen the span of life. From ‘senior-highers’ to seniors, I have been able to travel the path of promise and mortality through the faces of a youth group on Friday night and a senior’s centre on Sunday afternoon. On Friday, the bustling talk stumbled easily from the bible
Our table is like most. Three boys fidget. Their fingers dart toward their plates before prayers. Sitting still and waiting are two expectations that seem torturous to minds filled with Nerf wars and the next silly face. So we all laugh and we wait. I pray. Or my wife prays. Or we all pray. One
With all of the dangers we face with being too busy (see DeYoung’s Crazy Busy), there can almost become a suspicion of intense activity as being a bit fleshly. I remember once in a church how some people were criticizing an explosion of ministry activity by a zealous few. A wise farmer told me that everyone looks busy when you’re
From Os Guinness: Our urgent need today is to reunite evangelism and apologetics, to make sure that our best arguments are directed toward winning people and not just winning arguments, and to seek to do all this in a manner that is true to the gospel itself.” Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion