December

Love Divine

December 17, 2011  |  David Robinson

Christ's propitiation for our sins is perpetual, and so we are His beloved children.

Topic: Theology
Scripture: 1 John 4

Everlasting Joy

December 10, 2011  |  Joe Boot
A new religion in our culture is victimology. We see ourselves as victims and blame others. In reality, we are not victims but sinners and rebels. To experience the great joy of Christmas, we must first recognize ourselves as miserable sinners (the bad news) and look to Jesus in faith as the one who redeems us from our sin and then crowns us again with glory and honour (the good news; Ps 8.5).
Scripture: Psalm 8

Prince of Peace

December 3, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Peace implies a harmony of affairs and a harmony of interests; we cannot have harmony if we're in conflict with God.

November

The Hope of the Gospel

November 26, 2011  |  Joe Boot

The hope of the gospel is transforming power beginning in the individual and moving outward to redeem marriages, families, communities, towns, and nations.

Contentment and the Riches of Christ

November 19, 2011  |  David Robinson

Giving is an act of worship; our monetary gifts are a spiritual investment in God's economy.

Rejoicing in the Lord

November 12, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Rejoicing in God begins with recognizing that He is Lord, and trusting in Him in all circumstances of our lives. Believers are to agree in the Lord, though they may have different priorities, ministries, perspectives, or emphases.

The Greatness of the Great Commission

The Greatness of the Great Commission

November 12, 2011  |  Jeffery Ventrella

Jesus is King and He's not running for re-election. Furthermore, as King He has commissioned His subjects to a great work, a work beyond "saving souls."

Christ and Culture Q & A Session

November 11, 2011  |  Joe Boot and Jeffery Ventrella
HTSWA 2011 conference Q and A session with Joe Boot and Jeffery Ventrella.

Closing Charge

November 11, 2011  |  Joe Boot
Practical ideas for living biblically within the culture.

Christ and Culture: Change, Challenge, Choice

November 11, 2011  |  Dennis Ignatius
In the midst of an era of exponential change and unprecedented challenges, Christians have an important choice to make.

Living in Sin...Well

November 11, 2011  |  Jeffery Ventrella
How to live in Babylon: Look Up, Look Out, and Look Forward.

The Meaning of Culture

November 11, 2011  |  Joe Boot
Culture is an over-used and confusing word today with many Christians talking about it.

Pressing On to Victory

November 5, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Concern for others is not the source of salvation, nor is it the meaning of the cross; rather concern for others is a fruit of the cross.

Searching for Truth
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Searching for Truth

November 1, 2011  |  Joe Boot

In this updated version of Joe Boot's popular work, he provides clear and engaging answers to the real questions that people are asking - questions of suffering, morality, guilt, and truth.  Beginning with a basic understanding of the world, Boot explains the biblical worldview, giving special attention to the life and claims of Jesus Christ. This new edition includes a chapter-by-chapter study guide, designed for group discussion.

October

The Glory of Gaining Christ

October 29, 2011  |  Scott Masson

Though the early church faced hostility, idolatry, and immorality all around, they obeyed and turned the world up-side-down for Christ.

Model Citizens of the Kingdom

October 22, 2011  |  Joe Boot

It's difficult to develop a healthy Christian community when people want minimal commitment and few entanglements.

Character of the Christian Citizen (Part 2)

October 16, 2011  |  Scott Masson

The Holy Spirit indwells us, freeing us from the grip of sin; cleansing us from the pollution of sin; and alleviating the sense of guilt of sin.

Christ and Culture

Christ and Culture

October 15, 2011  |  Joe Boot, Dennis Ignatius, and Jeffery Ventrella

The Gospel of the Kingdom concerns our culture, which is quite essentially our state of being. This Gospel creates a new state of being by regeneration. Personal regneration is then followed by cultural regeneration, as the Gospel, like the mustard seed, grows and creates a society which spreads to impact all those around it as leaven transforms the whole loaf. Wherever God's children are faithful in preaching the gospel and applying God's truth to every area of life, cultures are re-created. We are God's new humanity in Jesus Christ, and wherever God's people are, by the power and mighty working of his Spirit, the culture of Christ inescapably flourishes around them.

Topic: Culture

Character of the Christian Citizen (Part 1)

October 9, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Our privileged position as citizens of the kingdom also comes with responsibilities.

Courage and Gospel Progress

October 1, 2011  |  David Robinson

We are to live in the provision and life of the Spirit who binds us to Christ and to one another.

Article (Jubilee Journal)

Whose Lordship?

October 1, 2011  |  Joe Boot

The example of Christian martyrs under the Roman Empire leads us to see that culture-making is an expression of worship, and that culture wars are won and lost first in the spiritual realm. The Christian's calling is not to cultural retreat, but to transform culture in obedience to God's revealed word.

Topic: Culture
Scripture: 1 Peter 1
Christ and Culture
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Christ and Culture

October 1, 2011  |  Joe Boot, Michael Haykin, Jeffery Ventrella, and Michael Wagner

Since Christ's purpose is the restoration and reconciling of all things to himself, the transformation of culture by faithfulness to the gospel and the total Word of God is central to the Christian's calling.

Article (Jubilee Journal)

Christ and Culture

October 1, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Culture is inescapably religious and therefore it cannot be neutral. Defying all opposition, Christ's transforming power is re-making individuals and redeeming every area of life in terms of his kingdom purposes.

September

Partnership in the Gospel

September 24, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Whatever area of life and service you are in, the wisdom and skills you have are given by God for the furtherance of His Kingdom.

Philippians, the Gospel and Community

September 17, 2011  |  Joe Boot

If we are in Christ, we already are a covenant community. We simply need to learn to live in community.

Purity and Fidelity

September 10, 2011  |  Joe Boot

In the book of Proverbs, infidelity, fornication and adultery are the opposite of practical wisdom and faithfulness. Infidelity is not the path to freedom; it leads to physical, emotional, and spiritual harm to our humanity.

Topic: Sexuality
Scripture: Proverbs 5

August

Your Rod and Staff

August 27, 2011  |  Scott Masson

Our church is called to a ministry of nurture, which includes church discipline. You can't sin and say it's no one else's business. We live in community. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we fail to discipline and be disciplined. Only biblical Christianity gives life meaning. It gives us social order; and it balances liberty and law.

Topic: Theology
Scripture: Proverbs 12:1-2

The Snare of Fear

August 20, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Fear can lead to dread, which leads to an inability to move or act as humans. Fear of God is the opposite of fear of man. When we face enemies while doing God's work, we're secure because it is God who stands behind us granting us strength.

The Fullness of God. Ephesians - Part 7

August 16, 2011  |  Victor Shepherd

There is nothing God-honouring at any time about being an unnecessary victim, especially in a spiritual war. We must put on the whole armour of God, so that we might withstand the attacks of the evil one.

Moral Madness

August 13, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Moral madness leads to self-deception, observed in the inability to recognize one's own rebellion against God's moral order. We either intellectually deny God's existence, or we deny God practically by the way we live.

The Fullness of God. Ephesians - Part 6

August 9, 2011  |  Dan MacDonald

Paul tells us how to walk (i.e. live) in response to the gospel: Walk in love, walk as light, and walk carefully.

Powerful Proverbs

August 6, 2011  |  Anwar Sawaya

Without a vision the people will perish. People need a course of action to follow. So the church needs to set its vision.

Scripture: Psalm 2

The Fullness of God. Ephesians - Part 5

August 3, 2011  |  Michael Haykin

We live in a world riven by divisions. Unity is a challenge for the Church.

July

Who is this Man?

July 30, 2011  |  David Robinson

We're not strong enough to hold onto the cross in the storms of life; the gospel is that Jesus is holding on to me.

The Fullness of God. Ephesians - Part 4

July 26, 2011  |  John Mahaffey

The theme of Ephesians is the Church. Paul is saying in this book that the Church of Jesus Christ is at the center of the eternal purposes of God.

Founded on the Rock

July 23, 2011  |  David Robinson

Obedience doesn't always manifest itself in obvious ways, and so the counterfeit Christian may easily pretend to be real.

The Fullness of God. Ephesians - Part 3

July 19, 2011  |  Paul Martin

Sin has ruined us. But God is great, and He has made us alive through Christ.

False Peace

July 16, 2011  |  Scott Masson

It is a false peace when the word of the Lord is not bringing us to a genuine peace with God.

The Fullness of God. Ephesians - Part 2

July 12, 2011  |  Joe Boot

We lack even a rudimentary understanding of the headship of Christ and the hope of the gospel if we fail to grasp the glorious calling and the position of God's church in Jesus Christ.

Fruit Inspectors

July 9, 2011  |  Michael Boot

There is earthly wisdom growing in bitter envy and strife, and there's heavenly wisdom, pure, peace-loving, submissive, full of good fruit, compassionate and sincere.

The Fullness of God. Ephesians - Part 1

July 6, 2011  |  Michael Haykin

Ephesians is the essential summary of Paul's theology, addressing the most sublime doctrines of the Christian faith.

The Golden Rule

July 2, 2011  |  David Robinson

The golden rule is in fact unique to Christianity, given the theological and moral framework of the Bible which defines its parameters.

June

Asking and Receiving

June 25, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Coming under God's fatherhood, we have the right of petition, and all necessary gifts He will grant.

Judging Others

Judging Others

June 18, 2011  |  Joe Boot

To judge others by human standards is both hypocritical and self-blinding. Whoever judges by the word of God begins his censure with himself.

Topic: Legalism
Scripture: Matthew 7:1-6

Anxiety

June 11, 2011  |  David Robinson

We're to do what God has called us to do and God will be faithful to provide.

Lamps, Masters and Money

June 4, 2011  |  Joe Boot
A healthy mind and heart is governed by God and His Word. It's full of light, right thinking, and righteousness.

May

Imitating What is Good

May 28, 2011  |  Michael Haykin

We belong to the great body of Christians through all history, and this reality should be reflected in our love for all faithful churches.

Scripture: 3 John

An Interpretation of Love

May 21, 2011  |  Dennis Ngien
If you take yourself too seriously, your pride will prevent you from loving others and being sensitive to their needs.

Treasure in Heaven

May 14, 2011  |  Joe Boot
Many Christians have a false and misguided vision of escape from the world and its activities. On the other hand, Christians easily become consumed by the concerns and pursuits of the world.
Topic: Worship
Scripture: Matthew 6:16-21

Deliver us from Evil

May 7, 2011  |  Joe Boot
Moral evil is defined by modern humanists not as an offense against God's order, but as things which are harmful or unpleasant.
Topic: Humanism
Scripture: Matthew 6:13

Forgive Us Our Debts

May 1, 2011  |  Joe Boot

This petition is a Jubilee prayer. In the Old Testament, God set aside the seventh year and the fiftieth year for the cancellation or forgiveness of debts, and the release of slaves.

Topic: Salvation
Scripture: Matthew 6:12

April

A New Starting Point

April 23, 2011  |  Joe Boot
You can't outrun the problem of death by healthy living and exercise.

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

April 16, 2011  |  Scott Masson
The first three petitions in the Lord's prayer pertain to eternal life; the last four to the temporal life.

Thy Kingdom Come

April 10, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Paradoxically, the kingdom of God is here, it is coming, and it will come.

The Lord's Prayer

April 2, 2011  |  Joe Boot
We often see prayer in a self-centered way. The starting point for prayer is submission to God's will.
Article (Jubilee Journal)

The Myth of Neutrality (Part 2)

April 1, 2011  |  Joe Boot

All education is in terms of a purpose and a program for freedom. The question is, who defines freedom, and to what end? Educational programs will either be in terms of the purposes of God and his creative and redemptive work in creation, or they will be in terms of an alien purpose derived from the god of this world and his falsehoods.

Article (Jubilee Journal)

The Myth of Neutrality (Part 1)

April 1, 2011  |  Joe Boot

A neutral education is philosophically, theologically, and functionally impossible; the very attempt to generate such an approach is unfaithful to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Article (Jubilee Journal)

Education and the Course of the Future

April 1, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Teaching scripture to the nations is part of the Great Commission. Yet in our time, we've neglected to even teach it in its fullness to our own children.

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Education

April 1, 2011  |  Joe Boot, Scott Masson, Michael Haykin, and David Robinson

The radical changes taking place in society over the past few decades should serve as a warning to Christians to reconsider the pervasive influence of the education system and the need for Christ-centered teaching, schools, and seminaries.

March

Polygamy

March 27, 2011  |  Scott Masson
Dr. Scott Masson debates polygamy with Justin Trottier on the John Oakley Show AM640.

Simple and Sincere Prayer

March 27, 2011  |  David Robinson

Jesus says we should pray in secret. Private prayer is the key to sincerity before God.

Giving to the Needy

March 20, 2011  |  Joe Boot

God demands charity through tithes and personal care for our neighbour; it's not the state's duty.

Progressive Christianity and Abortion

March 14, 2011  |  Joe Boot
Reverend Joe Boot debates Abortion with Gretta Vosper, member of the Canadian Center for Progressive Christianity, on the John Oakley Morning Show AM640

Love Your Enemy

March 12, 2011  |  Joe Boot
We are commanded to respect the life and reputation of our enemy (don't murder, don't slander), respect his property (don't steal, don't covet), etc. Jesus instructs us to pray for and bless our enemy.
Topic: Law
Scripture: Matthew 5:43-48

Euthanasia Debate

March 8, 2011  |  Scott Masson

Dr. Scott Masson debates euthanasia with Gretta Vosper, an ordained pastor with the United Church and Founder of the Canadian Center for Progressive Christianity, on the John Oakley Show AM 640.

Turning the Other Cheek

March 5, 2011  |  Joe Boot
Crime and punishment can be distinguished only by the law of God.
Topic: Justice
Scripture: Matthew 5:38-42

February

Education and Human Rights

February 28, 2011  |  Scott Masson
Dr. Scott Masson debates Justin Trottier on the subject of public education and human rights, on the John Oakley Morning Show AM640

All Things for Good

February 27, 2011  |  David Robinson

Before reflecting on our own experience of suffering, Paul notes that the whole creation is caught up in its suffering, the pain of how things are now in contrast to how they ought to be.

The Covenant and the University

February 19, 2011  |  Scott Masson
The character of Christian education is not putting the Bible alongside education. It is rather imparting a thorough biblical worldview into all areas of learning.

Truth and Oaths

February 12, 2011  |  Joe Boot
Speech is a privilege. All our speech before God must be mindful of God and His holiness. We should never trivialize our vows, oaths, or speech.

Marriage and Divorce

February 5, 2011  |  Joe Boot
God's purpose for human relationships is for sexual purity before marriage and fidelity within marriage.

January

Evolutionary Christianity?

January 31, 2011  |  Scott Masson
EICC Fellow and Associate Professor of English at Tyndale University College, Dr. Scott Masson, debates Gretta Vosper on the topic of "A Christianity without Christ," on the John Oakley Show AM 640.

The Desire of a Pure Heart

January 29, 2011  |  David Robinson
The church cannot be salt and light if we ourselves are caught up in the sins of lust and adultery.

Murder and the Heart

January 22, 2011  |  Joe Boot
We live in a murderous culture where violence and suicide are leading causes of death.
Topic: Law
Scripture: Matthew 5:21-26

Christ and the Law

January 15, 2011  |  Joe Boot
The Scripture says that both the legalist and antinomian are coming to God in their own self-righteousness. They are not coming in the righteousness of Christ.

Salt and Light

January 9, 2011  |  Joe Boot

If Christians do not live out the Beatitudes, the world becomes putrid and infected. Christians are called to be antiseptic.

Topic: Justice
Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16
How Then Shall We Answer
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How Then Shall We Answer

January 2, 2011  |  Joe Boot

Full of biblical and theological insights, and written with an evangelistic heart, this book serves to nourish the faithful, stimulate good arguments for the seeker and build a strong rational basis for the causative relation between faith and reason, the former being the presupposition of the latter. With rigor and relevance, it enables readers to grasp the signs of divine transcendence, and to be apprehended by the beauty of Christ. 

The Light of the Nations

January 1, 2011  |  David Robinson
The stars are not gods, but they are creatures of God which do His bidding.
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Care for Creation

January 1, 2011  |  Andrew Sandlin

Human beings are God’s stewards, and we are tasked with caring for His world for His glory. This booklet outlines a distinctly Christian view of creation care that preserves the Creator-creation distinction, takes seriously the issues of sin and redemption, and recalls Christians to the godly task of environmental stewardship.