Saturday, May 23, 2009

T-Minus 2

You’ve got until Monday!

If you are planning on coming to the Toronto Pastors Conference on June 1,2,3, then don’t forget to register by Monday. That’s when we close off registrations.

In fact, here it is, a lovely Saturday, where you have lots of free time… why not take the 2 minutes to register now!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Calvin on Why it is Okay to Remedy Sickness (Sometimes)

Calvin takes a moment in his commentary on John 18:11 (“...shall I not drink the cup that Father has given me?”) to remark on the appropriateness of seeking medicinal help to our physical afflictions. It seems to me the same principle applies in some measure to how we handle persecution, especially of the physically abusive sort.

“...fanatics should not be heeded, who assert that we must not seek remedies for sicknesses or any other kinds of affliction, lest we reject the cup which God holds out. We know that we must die once and we must be prepared for death. But because the time of our death is unknown to us, the Lord allows us to defend our life by the aids which He Himself has appointed. Diseases must be patiently borne, however grievous they be to our flesh; but while they are not yet certainly fatal we should seek alleviation of them. Only we must be careful not to attempt anything but what God’s Word permits. In short, provided it remains always fixed in our hearts that the Lord’s will be done, we are not failing to drink the cup which He has given us, even when we seek deliverance from the evils which press upon us.”

Evangelizing Children (Part 1)

Evangelizing Children (Part 1)

The Shepherd's Fellowship blog has a great article detailing how we ought to evangelize our children.

The process of evangelizing one’s children, however, can be a daunting task. For many parents, the questions are as practical as they are disconcerting: How should I present the gospel to my children? What’s the best approach to take? How do I know if I’m doing it right?

Pitfalls, both real and imagined, intimidate virtually every parent who contemplates this responsibility. On one hand, there’s the danger of leading children to think they are saved when they are not. On the other, there’s the risk of discouraging children who express a genuine desire to follow Christ.

How, then, should we evangelize our children?

The elders of Grace Community Church began to answer this question by noting what child evangelism should NOT be... that list includes

1. Oversimplifying the Gospel of Christ

2. Coercing a Profession of Faith

3. Assuming the Reality of Regeneration

4. Assuring the Child of Salvation

5. Rushing the Ordinance of Baptism

Everyone should read the whole article since the application extends beyond our own families into the life of the church and our evangelism of adults.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Toronto Pastors Conference (June 1,2,3) - Registration About To CLOSE!

There are only a few more days left to register for this year’s Toronto Pastors Conference! Registration CLOSES on May 25… and space may fill up before then. I guess I am not the only one who tends to register for things last minute!

Anyway, you would be wise to drop what you are doing and get yourself registered right now! No guarantees we will have a spot for you on Monday. And it is going to be, Lord willing, an excellent time.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Nancy Gall on the appalling lack of coverage given Canada's March for Life

Nancy Gall: March for Life coverage conspicuously absent - Holy Post

Let me get this straight: 5,000 Tamils block a few lanes of Toronto traffic and it’s all over the news. Heck, a mere 50 Tamils demonstrate in front of the American Consulate in Calgary and we hear about it.

But when 12,000 people showed up Thursday on Parliament Hill to demonstrate their support for life from conception to natural death -- something that affects us all -- it’s not worth a picture? Twenty seconds of airtime? A paragraph at the bottom of Page J20?

You’ve got to wonder how many people have to show up before the annual March for Life is deemed coverage-worthy by the mainstream media.