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February 21, 2018

Cowboyology is Moving to TGC Canada

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


The Trickling River

  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


Protecting Enquirers, Seekers and Converts

  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


Too Much or Not Enough?

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

Graces & Resources

Graces and Resources for March 5

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


Trading Pastors

[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.


Bucked Off

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


Between Youth and Old Age

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


Teaching the Nicene Creed At Dinner

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


Winning People Not Just Arguments

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