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Night of Murder - Daniel 5:1-31
Nights of the Bible: Night of Murder
July 12, 2020

A night of revelry, pride, drunkenness, miracles and murder. We see the cost and remedy for Pride in this classic story.

The Night of Deliverance - Exodus 12:1-32
Nights of the Bible: The Night of Deliverance
July 5, 2020

The dark night of the Passover was a time of revelation - where God showed us who we are and who He is.

The Hope of Healing - Amos 9:11-15
Amos: The Lion Roars
June 28, 2020

While many will weep when Christ returns, many will also rejoice and have started to rejoice now. Amos shows us the hope we can have.

The End of Lies - Amos 9:1-10
Amos: The Lion Roars
June 21, 2020

We have believed the lie that we are people who are good enough to be deserving of heaven (if there is one) on our own. We are wrong.

This is the End - Amos 8:1-14
Amos: The Lion Roars
June 14, 2020

This is the end. When God describes what happens when God withdraws from humanity.

Justice for All - Amos 7:7-17
Amos: The Lion Roars
June 7, 2020

In the face of racism and injustice, Amos gives us a glimpse at how we can take steps towards creating justice for all.

Prayer that Changes Things - Amos 7:1-6
Amos: The Lion Roars
May 31, 2020

What sort of God "changes"? Can God change? And is there something in Amos' prayer that moves God to "change"?

Unmasking Pride - Amos 6:1-14
Amos: The Lion Roars
May 24, 2020

The end is coming. We are all on running clocks that science, wealth and reputation cannot slow down. What hope is there?

Seeking Satisfaction - Amos 5:21-27
Amos: The Lion Roars
May 17, 2020

Pastor Carl continues his series from Amos with a look at how we, like Israel are seeking satisfaction.

The God Delusion - Amos 5:14-20
Amos: The Lion's Roar
May 10, 2020

Amos announces that Israel, and Canadians suffer from a God Delusion - they think God approves of their lives. They are wrong.

Rotten Foundations - Amos 5:6-13
Amos: The Lion Roars
May 3, 2020

Amos shows us the problem Israel was facing, the root cause of the problem, and the incredible solution.

Funeral Song - Amos 5:1-5
Amos: The Lion's Roar
April 26, 2020

God's offers a eulogy for Israel that reveals to them, and us how we slip into seeking something other than God.

What Now? - John 20:30-21:14 (Pastor Mike)
April 19, 2020

Pastor Mike considers what life should look like after Easter.

Garden Triumph - Easter Sunday - John 20:11-18
April 12, 2020

The Resurrection changes everything - If Jesus rose from the dead, he is God, even if he offends you.

Garden Test - Good Friday - Matthew 26:36-46
April 10, 2020

Jesus endures his greatest test, but utters his more important prayer.

The Lion's Rule - Amos 4:6-13
Amos: The Lion's Roar
April 5, 2020

There are not more chilling words to hear than "prepare to meet your God", when you are woefully unprepared to meet Him.

Exposed - Amos 4:1-5
Amos: The Lion Roars
March 29, 2020

COVID 19 has exposed our insecurity. Our careers, money, health and reputation have been unmasked, just as Israel was unmasked in Amos 4:1-5

The Lion's Mirror - Amos 3:9-15
Amos: The Lion Roars
March 22, 2020

In times of crisis (like our present COVID 19 crisis), God has a way of holding a mirror up to us, asking if we see who we've become.

Words of Warning - Amos 3:1-8
Amos: The Lion Roars
March 15, 2020

There can be no misunderstanding - God is calling His Church back to relationship, holiness and mission.

Why Did Anyone Become a Christian? (Bonus Talk)
March 14, 2020

At this talk given in August 2019, Pastor Carl spoke about why the Church grew so rapidly and across cultures in the Roman Empire.

Crimes Against Intimacy - Amos 2:4-3:2
Amos: The Lion Roars
March 8, 2020

There can be no intimacy (with God or anyone else) without trust. But take heart! God has a plan to restore intimacy.

Crimes Against Humanity - Amos 1:3-2:3
Amos: The Lion Roars
March 1, 2020

When we worship anything but the God of the Bible, the result is that we become less human.

When the Lion Roars - Amos 1:1-2
Amos: The Lion Roars
February 23, 2020

Why does a lion roar? And why does Amos compare God's words to a Lion's roar? And what does any of this have to do with modern Canadians?

Evangelism and the Old Testament (Bonus talk)
February 16, 2020

A talk by Pastor Carl about evangelism and the Old Testament, given in Toronto, Canada in August 2019.

Protesting God - Psalm 44
February 9, 2020

Israel lodges a formal protest against God - they have suffered without cause and demand God act. How do we protest God?

Gospel Armour - Ephesians 6:10-20
Ephesians: All Things New
February 2, 2020

Really? The Devil? Why would Paul end his letter to the Ephesians with a talk about the Devil and how to defend against him?

A New Kind of Authority - Ephesians 6:1-9
Ephesians: All Things New
January 26, 2020

We are not called to only submit in our marriages, but in all our relationships.

The Purpose of Marriage - Ephesians 5:21-33
Ephesians: All Things New
January 19, 2020

To understand the call to submit and love in marriage, you first have to know what the purpose of marriage is.

Living in Light - Ephesians 5:8-21
Ephesians: All Things New
January 12, 2020

One scholar says, "Wisdom is the art of skillful living", and wisdom comes only when your identity is firmly in Christ.

Identity Theft - Ephesians 5:1-11
Ephesians: All Things New
January 5, 2020

Our over-sexualized and material culture makes us think that any call to restrain our appetites is puritanical and wrong. But is it?

Live Like New - Ephesians 4:25-5:2
Ephesians: All Things New
December 29, 2019

The Church is to be a preview, a foretaste of the coming Kingdom. Paul helps us to see part of what this means here.

God Forever - Advent - Isaiah 65
Advent: A New Day Dawning
December 22, 2019

Isaiah shows us the satisfaction for the longings of every human heart as his epic unveiling of God's redemptive plan reaches its crescendo.

God For Us - Advent - Isaiah 52:13-53:12
Advent: A New Day Dawning
December 15, 2019

The people, prophet and God all witness to who the Servant, the Child, Immanuel will be and what he accomplished for us.

God Over Us - Advent - Isaiah 8:21-9:7
Advent: A New Day Dawning
December 8, 2019

Christmas reminds us that we need a king and that we have been given One.

God with Us - Advent - Isaiah 7:1-17
Advent: A New Day Dawning
December 1, 2019

Having "God with Us" is for some a great hope, but for others, a terrifying prospect. How should we respond to the sign of Christmas?

Becoming Human - Ephesians 4:17-24
Ephesians: All Things New
November 24, 2019

Is there more to being human than biology? If so, then what does it mean to be human? Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:17-24

The Worth of Diversity - Ephesians 4:7-16
Ephesians: All Things New
November 17, 2019

We are "one" yet we are all different - the church is meant to be a place of diversity. What does that even mean?

The Worth of Unity - Ephesians 4:1-6
Ephesians: All Things New
November 10, 2019

How can unity be the key to our living out our calling to be the new people of God in our city?

You Are What You Love - Ephesians 3:14-21
Ephesians: All Things New
November 3, 2019

Last week we heard what a Christian calling looks like - now we hear how we come to be able to live out that calling.

Our Calling - Ephesians 3:1-13
Ephesians: All Things New
October 27, 2019

How do we know if our calling individually, and as a church, is authentic? What are the marks of a "called" person and body? Paul tells us!

Dead or 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.