Good Reads for the Interior Life

Good Reads for the Interior Life

Our sermon series “Inside Out: Pursuing the Interior Life of Jesus,” comes to a close in a few weeks. So, I thought it might be helpful to identify some ongoing resources. For individuals who feel that further reading on the interior life of Jesus or how to become...
Accepting Trials

Accepting Trials

Last week I looked at what it meant to accept blessing. Pastor Andrew preached a sermon a couple of weeks ago, about God bestowing a blessing on Jesus in the story of the transfiguration. Then this past Sunday Pastor Grant preached again on Jesus blessing the little...
Accepting Blessing

Accepting Blessing

By Andrew Allison and Konnie Vissers We live in a world where all too often people do not receive the kind of love and care they need growing up. Simply put…we live in a broken world. I believe this is not actually how God intended us to live. I believe God intends us...
God-Sized Concerns: A Matter of Perspective

God-Sized Concerns: A Matter of Perspective

What are the concerns of God? What are the concerns of human beings? As we continue to work our way through Mark at SPL Church and look at the Spirit of Jesus “Inside Out,” I am struck by the poignancy of Mark 8:33. The sermon last Sunday laid the groundwork really...
Where is God in Our Suffering?

Where is God in Our Suffering?

This past Sunday at St. Paul’s Leaskdale, we enjoyed a Family Service, where our whole church body came together for worship, rather than having children’s ministry during the service. It was a beautiful time where we looked at different ways we “experience” God in...
Teach Me How To Pray: Thanksgiving

Teach Me How To Pray: Thanksgiving

Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Well put, Einstein! In life, you come across both kinds of people day-to-day—those who live graciously, and...
Teach Me How to Pray: Confession

Teach Me How to Pray: Confession

What does it mean to confess our “sins” to God? What if we forget a “sin”? What if we die before we confess all our sins? Will we still be forgiven? These are all questions I have heard on the topic of confession. But something in me was stirred this past week as I...
Teach Me How To Pray: Adoration

Teach Me How To Pray: Adoration

As we cross country skied through a deserted section of Algonquin Park this weekend, I stopped for a minute and listened, listened for something, anything—silence. All I could hear around me was the wind lightly rustling trees far off across a lake. There is something...
Teach Me How To Pray: Lament

Teach Me How To Pray: Lament

Twice in the past week, people in our church have asked me how to pray. I stumbled through a haphazard response, trying to seem like I knew what I was talking about. And I pray often, I definitely know how to pray (there really is not a wrong way), but to distill it...
Practicing Discernment

Practicing Discernment

  This past Sunday was week 2 of our sermon series “Inside Out: Pursuing the Interior Life of Jesus.” We read from Mark 2, but focused in on the verses where the Pharisees are testing Jesus and trying to trap him in blasphemy because he said that a man’s sins were...