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Cheap Grace is really no deal at all

The post-Christmas sales are coming to an end. One thing you don’t want to pick up on the cheap is grace. Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45), a German pastor, theologian and writer, defined cheap grace as the acceptance of the general idea of grace. One assents to the notion of grace, that God loves them, but this…

Leaving room for God’s Power

When the world talks about powerful people what is meant? Often those who exercise control, authority or influence over others is at the fore. That is the case with Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful People in 2016. People of might, moxie¬†and money dominated the rankings. God’s power manifest in a person’s life is…

Resources for Celebrating Advent

Our celebration on God’s saving love, expressed in the advent of Jesus to earth, can become displaced by the busyness of the Christmas season. To help guard against this, we have collected together a few resources that individuals and families can use to reflect on the significance of Advent. Advent Bible Reading Schedule (Pdf file)…

Running the Gospel Relay

The official spoke a few quiet words to the Canadian 4x100m relay team. That is all it took to turn victorious smiles into knitted brows. The Canadian team’s race performance was under review by PanAm officials. At the end of that process the Canuck sprinters were disqualified because one of them had run outside of…

Growing Up in God’s Family

There was one door jamb wherever we lived that played a special role in the lives of our young kids. At key intervals they would stand with their back against it, a ruler was placed level on their head, and their height was recorded. All four of them were eager for their turn, all four…

What’s happening this fall?

Here is a quick overview of some of the key things starting up this fall at PDAC! DivorceCare starts meeting weekly in the FEC wing of the church Tuesday, Sept. 13 Stoney Creek Seniors Christian Coffee Hour, meeting at Winona Vine Estates, gets underway Tuesday, Sept. 13 Bible Study Fellowship begins their weekly study for…

Soul Fatigue

Soul fatigue is more than being physically tired, it is a fraying of the integrated self. We no longer can keep ‘it’ together. We are off-kilter, our relationships off-centre and God is off-stage. What do the symptoms of soul fatigue look like? Check out this list: lack of emotional resilience – we are irritable, short-fused…

Keepers not Captains

The UEFA Cup is ramping up for quarter final play. This post has nothing to do with goal keepers or team captains. It has everything to do with our relationship to our souls. A man from the crowd wants Jesus to play Judge Judy and settle an inheritance dispute (Lk 12:13). Jesus sidesteps that to…

3 Keys to Being a Neighbour

When asked “Who is my neighbour” (Lk 10:29) Jesus told the story we often call the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Jesus did not answer the question he was asked. That was the wrong question! What Jesus was illustrating in his story was how we can be neighbours to another. It isn’t about defining neighbour…