Monthly Archives: September 2008

Pray for the Stauffers on the Murder of their Daughter Emily

Pastor Terry Stauffer shepherds God’s flock in Edson, AB. He is a godly man who loves the sovereign grace of God. In a turn of hard providence, Terry’s daughter Emily Joy was murdered yesterday afternoon while on a walk. Kirk Wellum told me about it this morning on the way to grab a coffee. This is devestating.
Our God, who understands the depth of death and suffering more than any being in the universe, is the Stauffer’s hope and the hope of the world. May the crucified and risen Saviour be especially sweet to them in this horrid time.
Check his blog post here and please be in prayer for them

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Sermon: 2 Corinthians 8:9 – On the Incarnation

Here is a link to the audio of a sermon that I preached this summer at Richview Baptist Church in Toronto. The sermon is on 2 Corinthians 8:9 and deals with Christ becoming poor for our sake so that we might become rich. Many thanks to Pastor Darryl Dash for allowing me the privilege to preach there!

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Wilberforce Weekend in October in Calgary

Yes, I am up quite late. I’ve been watching the presidential debate and all of the post-debate banter. Though I don’t care for either candidate, I do think that McCain won.
Anyways, the point of this post is to draw the attention of friends in Calgary. The Manning Centre is hosting a discussion on faith and politics at their “Wilberforce Weekend” on Oct. 24 and 25. It will be held at Centre Street Church. Preston Manning is one of the speakers. I’d be interested to hear his take on the great William Wilberforce.

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National Post and Is Christianity Good for the World?

Many thanks to Clint Humfrey for linking to the National Post‘s debate between Christopher Hitchens and Doug Wilson found in their recent book Is Christianity Good for the World?
You can check out Wilson’s piece here. This is awesome that one of Canada’s major newspapers has picked up on this. I’m thrilled.

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New City Baptist Church (Toronto)

My friend John Bell and I are involved in church planting. Together we have started New City Baptist Church in downtown Toronto. We have been running mid-week bible studies for almost a month now, meeting at my apartment. I am now finally getting to posting about it on my blog!

John was commissioned by some Toronto area Baptist churches to start this plant back in July. He and I have spent the whole summer meeting with pastors, church planters, people at the city, etc., to gain wisdom and insight with how to proceed. It has been a fantastic time of learning and growth for both of us.

Currently we are meeting with a group of about ten Christians at mine and Vicky’s apartment (166 Carlton Street). We meet on Thursday’s at 7:30pm and are going through Mark Dever’s book Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. John has been devoting a week to each mark. Thus far we have gone through 1) expository preaching, 2) biblical theology and 3)the gospel (although the third mark on the gospel is split in two). Next week I will be teaching on 4) what biblical conversion is.

If you are interested in being a part of New City Baptist Church, please leave a comment and we can get in contact. We are not interested in “sheep stealing,” so if you are a member in good standing in a healthy, gospel-centred church, please pray for us and spread the word! Our desire is to see the city of Toronto transformed with the gospel of Christ. We believe that the God who has showered his Spirit in revival in days past will do so again, and it is our prayer that such revival would occur right here in Toronto.

We will hopefully have a website up in the near future with more information, sermons, etc. For now I will try to post news updates for NCB on this blog and through a Facebook group that I have just started. If you have any questions or comments, send them here!

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Themelios Online

I have been reading the academic journal Themelios for years with great profit. Recently it went online for free after a long time of being a print journal. In my mind, Themelios is one of the great evangelical journals available today alongside Evangelical Quarterly, The Trinity Journal, Tyndale Bulletin, Eusebeia, Westminster Theological Journal, etc.
With this change to online status (including archived back issues!), Themelios also has a new editor: D.A. Carson. Thankfully, Carl Trueman is still involved in an editorial role. These two scholars together make this journal a must read.
The second online issue is now available here. The main website for the journal is here. Make sure you bookmark this site and check it regularly!!!

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Ad – Is Christianity Good for the World?

In a recent post (scroll down) I linked to a review that I wrote of Christopher Hitchens’ and Doug Wilson’s book Is Christianity Good for the World? There is a website for the book here. Go buy a copy!

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Thirty Nine Articles and the Westminster Confession

My friend Rogers Meredith has an article in the new journal The North American Anglican comparing two great statements of faith that came to us from England: the Thirty Nine Articles of the Church of England and the Westminster Confession of Faith.
I haven’t had a chance to get all the way through it yet, but it looks great.

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Toronto Pastors Fellowship – Mentoring

Today marked the inaugural meeting of the new Toronto Pastors Fellowship and I was thrilled to be there. Pastor Paul Martin gave an excellent paper on the need for pastors to mentor young men. He gave the theological foundation for mentoring as well as many practical examples of how he does it in his own church. This was very valuable – I recommend it to all pastors to read (PDF) or listen (audio) to.
Next month’s meeting will feature Dr. Michael Haykin who will speak on spiritual disciplines. This too should shape up to be an awesome gathering.
Oh, I should also mention that the guys who led us in the music aspect of our worship (Band of Brothers) were outstanding! Their rendition of Be Thou My Vision is my absolute favourite version of the hymn. It’s worth attending just to be able to sing with their musical accompaniment!

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Review: Foundations of Christian Thought

Stephen Yuille has a helpful review of Mark Cosgrove’s book Foundations of Christian Thought at his blog Deus Pro Nobis (trans. “God for us”).

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Anglican Conference with N.T. Wright

Wycliffe College and St. Paul’s Bloor Street Anglican Church will be co-hosting a discussion on Anglicanism on November 25-27 at St. Paul’s. Speakers include N.T. Wright, Edith Humphrey and George Sumner. For more info, go here. Here is a PDF of their brochure.

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Toronto Pastors Fellowship

This September will mark the beginning of a new series of meeting for Toronto pastors called the Toronto Pastors Fellowship. Co-sponsored by Grace Fellowship Church of Toronto, the Sovereign Grace Fellowship and Richview Baptist – the TPF will consist of monthly meetings at Richview alongside an annual pastor’s conference.

The first meeting will be on September 22 and Pastor Paul Martin of GFCTO will give a talk entitled “Pastor, Mentor the Young Men!” Other speakers throughout the year include Michael Haykin, Stephen Kring, Tim Kerr, Carl Muller, Pierre Constant, Tim Challies and Darryl Dash.

This will be an excellent series, open to all Toronto-area pastors to come, be refreshed by good teaching, network and labour together for the city of Toronto (and beyond!).

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Review: Is Christianity Good for the World?

Atheist Christopher Hitchens and pastor Douglas Wilson debated the topic “Is Christianity good for the world?” on the Christianity Today Online site. Now it is in book form. I had the opportunity to read and review an advance copy. The review is here.

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