Jesus said that the world would hate them. It would also persecute them. That’s serious stuff, both then and now. This sermon explores John 15:18 – 16:4 and offers 5 responses to increasing hostility.
Persecution, being hated, and falling away according to Jesus (Growing Deeper with John 15:18-6:4)
Jesus said to abide in him. That includes loving him and following his commands — oh, and also be hated! This episode is a Bible study of John 15:18-16:4. “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”
Fickle or Faithful [Sermon]
Crowds can be fickle. One day they’re yelling “Hosanna!” to Jesus and a few days later they’re crying “Crucify him!” Where are we in the mix? Are we fickle, or faithful? That’s what this Palm Sunday sermon explores with John 12:12-19, along with four practical helps toward faithfulness.
Hardship as discipline and training as we fix our eyes on Jesus in the race of life (Growing Deeper with Hebrews 12:1-13)
What if there was actually a point to your hardships? What if you were being disciplined and trained for something else? In this podcast episode I explore these ideas (and others) as we look closely at Hebrews 12:1-13.
Faithfulness is never wasted [Sermon]
Just because you can’t see the fruit of your labour, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any. Faithfulness is never wasted. That’s what I explore in this sermon about Stephen’s martyrdom in Acts 6:8 – 7:60.
Stephen’s martyrdom and the un-killability of faithfulness (Growing Deeper with Acts 6:8 – 7:60)
In this episode of The Pulse Podcast I give an in-depth look at the martyrdom of Stephen, the un-killability of faithfulness, and how this fortifies our faith today.
Honoured to be dishonoured [Sermon]
When you care more about what God thinks than what people think you have reached a tipping point called joy. This is what I explore in this sermon on Acts 5:17-42.
Bruises and badges of honour (Growing Deeper with Acts 5:17-42)
In this episode of The Pulse Podcast I give an in-depth look at Acts 5:17-42, a story about early persecution and how the apostles were honoured to be dishonoured. When you care more about what God thinks than what people think, you have reached a tipping point called joy.
Is the persecution of Christians coming to Canada? – A talk with Paul Carter
In this podcast episode, I talk with Paul Carter about the prospect of Christian persecution in Canada. Is it coming? What is it? How is it different from losing influence? What advice might the apostle Peter have for us today?
Despite Our Circumstances [Sermon]
What does it look like to obey God no matter what, and to trust God’s control no matter what? And what kinds of things should we pray for in threatening circumstances? This is what I explore in this sermon on Acts 4:1-31.
End Times, a temple in ruins, persecution and being ready (Growing Deeper with Luke 21:5-38)
This podcast is an in-depth look at Luke 21:5-38. I discuss Jesus’ words about the end times, a temple in ruins, persecution and being ready.
Expect to be different—and persecuted [Video]
The word ‘persecution’ as it relates to #faith usually makes you think of elsewhere. But we increasingly can’t make that assumption. Here’s why, and how to prepare.
Did Jesus really exist? – My response to the strange claims of Maclean’s magazine
I’ve had a burden on my soul since Easter. That was when—just days prior to the biggest Christian holiday of the year—Maclean’s Magazine published an