Pentecost: The Season of the Church

The Day of Pentecost marks the Sunday seven weeks (49 days) after Easter when the Holy Spirit was poured out on the church (Acts 2).  On this day God gave the early Christians the gift of the Holy Spirit to…

Ascension Day 2014

Dear reader, One of my favourite movies from my college days is The Matrix, released in the spring of 1999. [Spoiler-alert: There are spoilers below.  If you haven’t seen The Matrix before I highly recommend it if you can handle…

Is it really Christ OR doctrine?

Is it really Christ OR doctrine?

To put it another way: do we need to choose between Jesus and Doctrine? We just have to share this from Jason Harris over at his blog. His basic contention is with the “Only love Jesus” crowd, and makes the…

Canada: 26 years with NO Abortion Law.

Canada: 26 years with NO Abortion Law.

Tomorrow marks a sad anniversary in Canada: 26 years with no abortion law. On January 28th, 1988, the supreme court of Canada struck down the existing abortion law that required women to get permission from therapeutic abortion committees that all…

Greetings to all our new neighbours!

Greetings to all our new neighbours!

A few months ago the staff at Victoria Commons told me the Phase 1 townhomes should be move-in ready for late-February or early-March.  At the current pace of construction it looks like the project is on track to finish on…

Grace Lutheran Church looks forward to welcoming our new neighbours!

Grace Lutheran Church looks forward to welcoming our new neighbours!

A large, new community is being constructed beside Grace.  For many years, the site was occupied by a tannery and a panel veneer factory, but has sat vacant for over two decades.  Now, as Kitchener transitions to a high-tech hub…

Pastor's Epiphany message

Pastor’s Epiphany message

Dear Reader, Epiphany is the season of the church after Christmas.  Epiphany comes from a Greek word which means to “shine” or to “reveal.”  In these days after Christmas when the chocolate and candy bowl at home never seems to…

No room at the inn

Alexis Chauvet (1837-1871) wrote an Offertoire for the Third Sunday in Advent, an arrangement of a 15th century French Noël, Nous voici dans la ville.  The carol poetically chronicles the excuses offered by various Bethlehem innkeepers to Mary and Joseph, all…

Pastor’s Christmas Message

Dear Reader, The time leading up to and after Christmas can be a time of mixed emotions for many. Darkness comes earlier in the evening and the temperature drops.  Memories of loved one lost this time of year stay with…