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Dead of Alive - Ephesians 2:1-10
Ephesians: All Things New
October 13, 2019

Paul doesn't spare our egos - he tells us that we have a serious problem, but also a great hope and a calling on our lives.

Knowing God - Ephesians 1:15-23
Ephesians: All Things New
October 6, 2019

Having told us why we should praise God, Paul now prays that we would come to know what God has done for us and wants to do through us.

It's About Time - Ephesians 1:3-14
Ephesians: All Things New
September 29, 2019

The gospel redeems our past, secures our future and gives meaning to our present, as Paul tells us in Ephesians 1:3-14.

Christ in Everything - Ephesians 1:1-2
Ephesians: All Things New
September 22, 2019

Paul wants us to know that to be the new society God is making, we need to see Christ in our everything.

Holy catholic Church
Apostles' Creed: A Vocabulary For Faith
August 25, 2019

Canadians love their individualism, so what place is there for the Bible's insistence that God works through a redeemed, but broken church?

He Descended into Hell
Apostles' Creed: A Vocabulary For Faith
August 18, 2019

Listen to the comfort that comes to us when we see that Jesus plunged into the belly of death and came out with the keys to the prison!

Born, Suffered, Died
Apostles' Creed: A Vocabulary For Faith
August 4, 2019

Jesus didn't die to only save us from something (wrath), but also to save us for something (mission), and Psalm 22 tells us all about it!

Maker of Heaven and Earth
Apostles' Creed: A Vocabulary For Faith
July 21, 2019

How do we relate to a God who is so great that he created everything, including us?

God the Father, Almighty (guest Justin Wishart)
Apostles' Creed: A Vocabulary For Faith
July 14, 2019

Part 2 in our Summer Series on the Apostles' Creed! Guest Justin Wishart shows us the beauty of "God the Father, Almighty".

I Believe
Apostles' Creed: A Vocabulary For Faith
July 7, 2019

"I believe" opens the Apostles' Creed. Why can't being "good" be enough to please God? Why must we have faith?

Fallen - Judges 19-21
People In Decay: The Book Of Judges
June 30, 2019

What has happened? What sense can we make of the brutality and darkness we encounter in Judges 19-21? Where is justice? Listen here.

When We Are God - Judges 17-18
People In Decay: The Book Of Judges
June 23, 2019

When people assume the place of God, the results are disastrous as society crumbles, from the family outward. Listen in and hear more.

Right In Our Eyes - Judges 15:9-20
People In Decay: The Book Of Judges
June 16, 2019

Is Samson a traditional morality tale, or is there something more happening here? Why does God choose such a broken man to save Israel?

Manipulated - Judges 10:6-18, 11:29-40
People In Decay: The Book Of Judges
June 9, 2019

Brutal and tragic, the story of Jephthah shows us what happens when we trust ourselves more than God.

The God We Need - Judges 6:1-32
People In Decay: The Book Of Judges
June 2, 2019

Is the moral of the Gideon story really that "God will use humble people?" And, is Gideon humble to begin with? Listen in!

Breaking Idols - Judges 4:1-24
People In Decay: The Book Of Judges
May 19, 2019

How does God use a coalition of leaders to break Israel free from idols, and what does this tell us about Jesus?

Left-Handed - Judges 3:12-30
People In Decay: The Book Of Judges
May 12, 2019

The left-handed judge, Ehud, finds himself in a left-handed story that prepares us for the greater Judge, Jesus. How? Listen in and see.

Erosion of Faith - Judges 1:1-36
People in Decay: The Book of Judges
May 5, 2019

The erosion of Israel's faith in the first chapter of Judges is a caution for the church; a reminder that there no 'non-spiritual' actions.

Loved for the City - Mark 16:1-8
The Book Of Mark: Living The Gospel In The City
April 21, 2019

Mark's account of the resurrection gives us information but also, importantly, leaves us with questions about how we will respond to Easter.

Kiss of Death - Mark 14:42-52
The Book Of Mark: Living The Gospel In The City
April 19, 2019

Good Friday marks the great failure of humankind and yet, even in the story of Jesus' betrayal, we find hope.

Expectations and the City - Mark 11:1-11
The Book Of Mark: Living The Gospel In The City
April 14, 2019

In Mark, the "Triumphal Entry" feels like a bit of a let down. What can we learn about Jesus and our expectations of him from these verses?

Faith in the City - Mark 10:46-52
The Book Of Mark: Living The Gospel In The City
April 7, 2019

Does Jesus really heal those with "enough" faith? What can we learn about being disciples from the story of Bartimaeus?

Surrendering for the City - Mark 10:17-31
The Book Of Mark: Living The Gospel In The City
March 31, 2019

How do we gain eternal life? Fair question. It is all at once harder and easier than you think.

Being Childlike for the City - Mark 10:13-16
The Book Of Mark: Living The Gospel In The City
March 24, 2019

What does it mean to receive the Kingdom of God like a child, and how do we live as Kingdom-people in our city?

Sacrifice for the City - Mark 9:30-37
The Book Of Mark: Living The Gospel In The City
March 17, 2019

The disciples are learning that to follow Jesus means to follow him to the cross, to die. How do we live, knowing we are called to die?

Metamorphosis for the City - Mark 9:2-9
The Book Of Mark: Living The Gospel In The City
March 10, 2019

The story of Jesus’ metamorphosis teaches us about who he is and what sort of disciples we are called to be for Jesus and for our city.

Sustainer of the City - Mark 8:1-21
The Book Of Mark: Living The Gospel In The City
March 3, 2019

Jesus sustains and cares for people and his church should do the same. Listen in as we unpack the story of Jesus' feeding of the 4,000.

Following in the City - Mark 6:1-13
The Book Of Mark: Living The Gospel In The City
February 24, 2019

Mark is clear: Jesus' disciples are called to do what Jesus did. This includes the call to be rejected for the gospel.

The Storm and the City - Mark 4:35-41
The Book of Mark: Living the Gospel in the City
February 17, 2019

Can a classic story like the stilling of the storm in Mark's Gospel help us gain a fresh perspective on who we are as urban disciples?

The Kingdom and the City - Mark 1:14-20
The Book of Mark: Living the Gospel in the City
February 10, 2019

What is the Kingdom of God, and how do Christians live in such a way as to transform their cities? We tackle these questions in this sermon!

Uncontained in the City - Mark 1:1-13
The Book of Mark: Living the Gospel in the City
February 3, 2019

God “tore” the sky and the Spirit “drove” Jesus to serve. Have we domesticated the Spirit & resisted God driving us out to serve the city?

Where Does Religion Come From? - Galatians 6:6-18
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
January 27, 2019

Paul ends his letter to the Galatians where he started – that the way we relate to God is rooted in what Jesus has done not in what we do.

Gospel Change - Galatians 5:16-6:5
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
January 20, 2019

Dr. Jekyll tried to separate our good and evil natures. Are the "flesh” and the Holy Spirit locked in a continual & irreconcilable struggle?

Gospel Freedom - Galatians 5:1-15
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
January 13, 2019

Why do ex-convicts struggle with being free & yearn for their predictable confines. Why do we crave freedom and yet struggle with it?

Jesus: A Better Word - Hebrews 1:1-4
January 6, 2019

How do we endure & persevere when living by faith in God is hard? God gives us His personal word of encouragement, hope & life - His Son.

The Meaning of Life - Genesis 4:2-17
December 30, 2018

Is there any meaning in life? Do we just make up our own meaning? There is a clue to the answer of this question found in how we live.

Mothers of Jesus: Mary - Luke 1:46-55
Mothers of Jesus
December 23, 2018

What can we learn about how to respond to the Christmas story from Mary's song? Listen in and hear what it means to be a Christian.

The Mothers of Jesus: Bathsheba - 2 Samuel 11:1-5 and 1 Kings 2:19-25
The Mothers of Jesus
December 16, 2018

Bathsheba is a complex woman, seen as a casualty/object & at other times a conniver. What can she teach us about our security at Christmas?

The Mothers of Jesus: Ruth - Ruth 3:1-18, 4:18-22
The Mothers of Jesus
December 9, 2018

The story of Ruth invites us to see how God was advancing his rescue plan for the world through a refugee woman and landowner in Bethlehem.

The Mothers of Jesus: Rahab - Joshua 2:1-24, 6:21-25
The Mothers of Jesus
December 2, 2018

We tend to either vilify or sanctify people - Rahab is no exception. Let's see her as she is while focusing on Jesus, her descendant.

The Gospel and Shame - Galatians 4:21-31
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
November 18, 2018

Paul uses the story of a domestic dispute to show the Galatians (& us) how we try to cover our own shame rather than let Jesus do it for us.

A Tale of Two Ministries - Galatians 4:12-20
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
November 11, 2018

Paul contrasts his care & attitude toward the Galatian church with that of the false teachers & shows us how to be agents of gospel-change.

A Tale of Two Religions - Galatians 4:8-11
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
November 4, 2018

Paul told the Galatians that they were enslaved, and now uses the same words to say that they were just as enslaved before they knew God!

Children of God - Galatians 3:26-4:7
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
October 28, 2018

Why does the Bible use masculine terms to describe us as “sons” of God and not “children” of God? There is a reason & several implications.

The Promise and the Law - Galatians 3:15-25
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
October 21, 2018

If God will forgive me freely, without my “doing” anything to earn it, then why would I want to be “good”?

Two Roads Diverged: Law & Gospel - Galatians 3:10-14
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
October 14, 2018

There are two roads that we take in life: towards God or away from Him. We see what is means to be on each road and what the destination is.

The Direction of Thankfulness - Psalm 67
October 7, 2018

Our thankfulness can be quite selfish. Ps. 67 offers a perspective so contrary that it can either pass us by or be too radical to accept.

Remembering the Gospel - Galatians 3:1-9
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
September 30, 2018

Memories anchor us. Paul in Galatians 3:1-9 is reminding the Galatians about who they are by reminding them what the gospel is.

Living as Honoured Failures - Galatians 2:15-21
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
September 23, 2018

Only in Christianity do we see that people can be sinners AND justified before God. This makes us resilient in failure & humble in success.

Living In Step with the Gospel - Galatians 2:11-14
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
September 16, 2018

When two heavyweights clash about how to live in light of the gospel, we get a clearer view of how to live more gospel centred lives.

The Triumph of the Gospel - Galatians 2:1-10
Set Free: The Book of Galatians
September 9, 2018

Do Christians need to obey all of the Laws in the Old Testament? Paul gives us the answer in Galatians 2:1-10.

How to Endure Anything - Revelation1:8-18
September 6, 2018

How did the early church endure persecution and even thrive in the midst of it? What can we learn about enduring today?

Gospel Experience - Galatians 1:11-24
Set Free: the book of Galatians
August 19, 2018

What does Paul's brief biography to the Galatians tell us about Christianity being an objective and subjective religion?

the Gospel - Galatians 1:6-10
Set Free: the book of Galatians
August 12, 2018

Why is Paul so passionate in Galatians 1:6-10? Because his topic is the gospel's person, peace and perspective.

Authority - Galatians 1:1-5
Set Free: the book of Galatians
August 5, 2018

Who should you listen to? Yourself? Doctors? Celebrities? Politicians? What is authority and who has it? Galatians helps give us an answer.

This is God - Psalm 110
Seeking Answers in the Psalms
July 29, 2018

Psalm 110 paints a perfect glimpse of what God is like. He's divine and human, king and priest, off-putting and beautiful. How can this be?

Living in the Age of Anxiety - Psalm 3
Seeking answers in the Psalms
July 15, 2018

Experts say we live in the Age of Anxiety. How can we live lives free of anxiety in a world bent on filling us with anxiousness?

There is a Judge - Psalm 9
Seeking Answers in the Psalms
July 8, 2018

Psalm 9 tells us that our desire and need for a judge is founded in the fact that there is a Judge for the good, the bad and for you.

The Heart of Worship - Psalm 95
Seeking Answers in the Psalms
July 1, 2018

Do we all worship something? The Bible says "yes". Psalm 95 shows us that the heart of worship is found in invitation, action and rest.

The Problem of Thirst - Psalm 63
Seeking Answers in the Psalms
June 17, 2018

How we deal with adversity and times of spiritual thirst determines the quality of our faith. Listen in as we discuss the problem of thirst.

The Importance of Repentance - Psalm 51
Seeking Answers in the Psalms
June 10, 2018

If the bible is right and we have all fallen short of some standard, then why don't we all feel guilty? Or do we? What do we make of guilt?

Seeking Stability - Psalm 11
Seeking Answers in the Psalms
June 3, 2018

What or who do you run to when trials come? How do you become an unshakable person? Where can we find stability in the midst of trouble?

The Search for Identity - Psalm 8
Seeking Answers in the Psalms, Part 2
May 20, 2018

Who are we? Are our identities defined by our careers, our family, our education? We are all searching for identity. Can we really know?

Finding Happiness - Psalm 1
Seeking Answers in the Psalms, Part 1
May 13, 2018

What happens when we do everything the world says, but are still unhappy? How do we find happiness?