Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
The Apocalypse of Ahmadinejad by Mark Hitchock
So far I like how he uses other sources and and notes them as he writes.
Also I find him very clear in the message he is sending in his book the end times are near.
Today my son told me of a kid in his school whose mom was hit and killed the night before. Sad in deed but its his story ( or his version) that gets my attention as he told me he only liked his Mon, and i asked about the dad oh he didn't like him he said.
Where does that leave a kid with a mother gone and father ' he doesn't like' now I didn't turn this into a sermon on loving and obeying your parents, because as quickly as he told me he moved on to something else the new hockey cards he got.
But this reminds me all the more how christian kids need prayer in public school , for they are completely surrounded by kids with unchristian world views.
This is NAAW - National Addiction Awareness Week.
I asked my bible study group if addictions were health problems or spiritual. It lead into a interesting discussion and look to the bible.
I tried to make the point that because of addictions in our neighborhood we need all the more to pray that these are broken by God's power and people come to faith in God.
I think next year if I remember this week what a great sermon it would make for . What are you addicted to?
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
and was I ever glad I could add my favorite game !!
Here are some of the books I have read of late...
Strong Faith By Spurgeon
Wordliness by C.J.Mahaney
Preaching the Cross
The doctrine of predestination
Backsliding ( Disease or Cure)
Whats so great about the doctrine of Grace
The invisible war
The Five dilemmas of Calvinism
Besides Reading I have picked up the new ESV Study Bible and I love it !
Today the wind is out of the north making it cold here with snow flurries in my part of n.s. Besides the wind blowing things around I have been throwing some thoughts around , wondering if and when the church I am Pastoring will see a move of God in our midst, Sunday I preached on 2 chronicles If my people ...humble...pray ....seek....forsake ....Then.
As it now seems like a month since Sunday I've had a burden to restore what was once some fellowship between our church - and the then two charge baptist church that split apart.
Which we are smooched between !
When we first came all three of us had combined services at least twice a year , but not since the split, but now with a new pastor and fellow Bethany Bible College pal , Perhaps its time to humble our selves and extend an invitation to them * which I have * as Long as functions are in our church they are invited.
But can God move when people can find any reason for leaving church ? I hope to Find out!
Friday, September 19, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
What's so Great about the doctrines of Grace? by Richard d Phillips.
This was a great read...
Why would I read a book like this as a Wesleyan pastor, from my view there is a lot of predigest
so I am trying to understand , somethings so that I can make accurate conclusions instead of making uninformed statements that show a lack of knowledge.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
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Maybe I should be handing this kinda stuff out instead of God's word.
( Still preaching through the sermon on the mount)
Maybe we should fill up little baskets and give out new people and those that leave, and put one beside each Hymn book.
The ways to minister with this soap are almost endless.
But back to the real world - or my world , today I am going to buy a second vehicle for our family (or me) its a truck, its not that we want a second vehicle its as need , in our home these days it seems we are all heading in different directions...
Yesterday I visited with a group of ministers that meet monthly to discuss the word, through devotional and book snip its. It was really enjoyable, and personally needed, its great to fellowship with like minded people.As pastors, once the Sunday service is over and we lock the doors it can be lonely by times,and that was followed by a coffee with another great pastor friend.
well its off for todays adventures...
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 07, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
It was to be a cool evening and day as our son invited his friend to join us (since his sister is at camp for the week) over night. So he picked his friend from Egypt, whom has never camped out in his life, he tells me theres no where to camp in Egypt ??
So now in the quiet of this morning were waiting to head out again and have a fun day.
So how does a kid from Egypt end up in Yarmouth his Dad's a Doctor.
I like this kid he refers to me as Mr. Robertson and is complete with manners, compared to my boy who looks like that Bart kid ( well not that bad) but you get the idea.
I had my daughter with me shopping to go camping which seems endless, and tried to get her excited about the back to school stuff out now, to which she though was weird on my part and stupid on the stores part. But its a sign life goes on and school is on the horizon.
Having maybe too much time to think , I look at my kids, church and life and wonder what's on my horizon as well, I'm glad that the bible displays for me to see That God is in control , I Just need to trust Him, more and more...
Thursday, July 24, 2008
and stuff in between now and then.
If your reading this wondering what is Beulah Camp ??
Its our denominational camp that includes people that attend Wesleyan Church's in Maine,
N.B. , N.F.L.D, N.S. P.E.I. or Atlantic Canada plus one state.
The camp runs from Friday till the following Sunday.
Every day has two services and stuff planned besides .
Every Pastor on our District is assigned a job for this week of camp (it's no vacation)
Mine is in the kitchen .
So between working two meals a day and a cottage full of people, I made the time to read two books....
The divine Defense by Robert Jeffress (I was very impressed with his book)
Watch Your walk by Richard Baxter ( He is always good)
My reflection on camp is - I'm glad I had my books.
The preaching was Good - but as a preacher it's hard to hear another,
I can't comment on the music because I skipped that part of the service understand the music is current and rocking there, but personally for what they sing I can hear on christian radio and done by its composer, I'm not against it , now I am realizing more and more Hymns are still Good and for the age dynamics of the camp probably more appreciated.
This Sunday marks the beginning of 10 years of ministry Here !
I am not sure how I am swallowing This, I left for camp, on an exit from church by a fishing buddy ( treasurer, soundboard etc, etc)
People have come and gone but this one hurts, But as my wife says " do I believe what I preach" than I must leave this with God and run the race.
[ Her mini sermons hurt more than a month of mine lol ]
So moving on we hope to have our own church camp in August, for a weekend on a camping lot by a lake.
And I have also challenged people to read Unlimiting God by R. Blacaby then we'll meet over coffee and discuss the book- I think it's going to be called Pastor Dale's book club !!!
If you have read it leave a comment !
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Suspicious Behavior Could Indicate Terror Plotting
by Anthony L. Kimery
Monday, 23 June 2008
' ... being able to distinguish the ordinary from the extraordinary'
Several years ago, Robert David Steele, an outspoken veteran
Since 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and law
Lynda Howes, a civilian member of the emergency event and management
Howes said terrorists must recruit members, research their targets,
And "each one of those phases represents an activity” that can be
In late 2002, The Air Force's Office of Special Investigations
"Every terrorist act is preceded by observable planning activities,"
Department of Defense personnel have routinely been advised to
DHS says “knowing what to look for and being able to distinguish the
“A persistent stream of reported suspicious incidents requires an
DHS states “terrorists conduct surveillance to determine a target's
“Because terrorists must conduct surveillance-often over a period of
Karen Morley, senior director of TerraGo Technologies, Atlanta, Ga.,
But according to John Bumgarner, an 18-year veteran of special
“To actually start planning very detailed reconnaissance of a
“In other words,” said Bumgarner, “it’s gotten a whole lot harder
Consequently, more sophisticated terrorists are utilizing easily
Friday, June 20, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
But here is what I have been doing in the last few days.
I have been busy attending the Greater Yarmouth Prayer Encounter
with Rev. Gerhard duToit.
It's been great to listening to a man whom truly walks with God so Humbly and as He talks to us about prayer and the bible he radiates the presence of God.
It's truly a blessing when I think we can meet such a person this side of heaven.
But this is not my only blessing, this past Sunday morning (Fathers Day) I had the morning off as my vice chairwoman and my Wife took the service.
And they did a great Job ! To which I am very grateful for them doing it.
Then we went out for a seafood plater for lunch, was it Good.
Another blessing this week occurred when a Retired Minister I greatly respect lent me a book on the life of a Baptist Preacher named Harry Hutchinson born back in 1890 the book is called One Moore Mile that's done by a local author, It is worth getting .
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Couple Discovered Having Sex In Confessional While Church Service Going On
It's church doctrine to forgive and forget.
It's very likely the local bishop of a cathedral in Cesena, Italy will do the former but never quite be able to achieve the latter after he discovered what has to be one of the ultimate no-no's - a couple having an untamed romp in the hay in his church.
In a confessional.
During a morning mass.
The amorous duo, in their early 30s, admitted they'd had a bit too much to drink the night before and in their alcohol-induced fog decided the cramped chamber would make a perfect spot for something sinful.
Police were called and the duo was cautioned for obscene acts in public and a charge you may have never heard of - disturbing a religious function.
The contrite and now sober pair have since repented for their outrageous act of desecration and received forgiveness from the local bishop. He celebrated a "Mass of reparation" inside the tiny area to make up for the sacrilege.
It's not clear if the man and woman involved in this escapade actually attend that church, but if they do, you can be sure their next appearance inside that confessional will leave them with a long list of sins to admit to.
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
henry & Norman Blackaby.
this was a quick read book, and very insightful on prayer, especially as I am getting to Chapter of 6 of Matthew in my ongoing sermon serious from the sermon on the mount.
The second thing I read this week that gave me hope as a rural pastor was an article I herd mentioned on the way of the master radio station- from USA Today
Dissatisfaction, yearning make churchgoers switch
switching from church to church, powered by a mix of dissatisfaction
and yearning, according to the study by LifeWay Research. The
organization is part of the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist
Convention, the nation's largest Protestant denomination.
of the switchers who changed their house of worship without making a
residential move (58%) say their old church failed to engage their
faith, or put their talents to work, or it seemed hypocritical or
But 42% of the people say they
switched because another church offered more appealing doctrines and
preaching or the preacher and church members' faith seemed more
may believe in the same doctrine, the same God and study the same
Bible, but we are also imperfect human beings who mess up, who are not
always living out those beliefs," says Scott McConnell, associate
director of LifeWay Research. He adds in the rise of "consumerism and
narcissism" — when people expect to customize every experience to
More than half (54%) of
switchers changed denominations as well. Fewer than half (44%) said
denomination was an important factor in choosing a new church.
study, conducted in December, surveyed 632 Protestant adults who said
they switched churches. For findings on the 415 people who had not made
a residential move, the margin of error is plus or minus 3.9 percentage
The study follows LifeWay's 2006 research on 469 "formerly churched" Protestants who quit church altogether.
Of the switchers, 76% call themselves "devout Christians." Only 19% of the quitters said the same.
The nation's largest denomination, the Roman Catholic Church, sees similar trends.
boundaries that once kept people in one faith, one church, have become
more permeable," says Mary Gautier of the Center for Applied Research
in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.
number of new converts to Catholicism leveled off at about 150,000 a
year for the past decade, while immigration from Catholic countries in
Latin America, Asia and Africa has pushed the tally of U.S. Roman
Catholics to 64 million. But the church has no mechanism for tracking
who washes out of the pews unless they've died, been excommunicated or
publicly renounced their faith.
"Catholics are very sticky. They may not go to church but they still stick to that identification," Gautier says.
the LifeWay research finds most switchers move to larger churches,
don't blame megachurches for poaching the sheep, says Scott Thumma of
Hartford Theological Seminary, author of an upcoming book, Beyond Megachurch Myths, based on several studies of churches.
1,200 or so megachurches (defined as churches where 2,000 or more
people attend weekend worship) are only one-half of 1% of all U.S.
churches and account for only 5% of all weekend worship attenders,"
"And my sense, after years of
examining megachurches, is that 80% of the people who join, including
those who go through new member classes, are gone within the first two
Says Brad Waggoner, LifeWay's vice
president of research and ministry development: "There's no simple
answer why people are so restless."
ago, American culture supported church loyalty out of respect for the
church, obligation to family, or social expectations. Now, he says,
that culture has shifted.
Waggoner also sees
other factors at work, such as increased skepticism or cynicism in the
wake of clergy sexual abuse or financial scandals. And some are turned
off by divisiveness in denominations over doctrine and practice, he
The Southern Baptist Convention, he
says, still feels the effect of a revolution in leadership in the 1980s
that restored theological conservatives to power. The Episcopal Church
is struggling now with dissention over views of the Bible and the role
of gay clergy.
Though individual churches and
pastors can't erase those overarching concerns, the survey suggests
there is a great deal they can change or do to stem the restless tide
of switchers and dropouts, Waggoner says.
"We have a biblical responsibility to care for every person in our flock."Another Pastor and discussed this article with great hope in that - perhaps if USA Today is right then our better days are around the corner !
Not only Have I read this week, but it started off to a great week on the past Sunday night when with two other church's we shared a combined service , where us Three pastors spoke for 10 min. on the Trinity, being Trinity sunday
Bill who retires in less than a month Spoke on the Father, I had the Son and Reg took the Holy Spirit.
It was a great time that was served up by really good food!
But what amazed me was the Aged saint who said she never herd of the Trinity preached on Before. Assumed but never Preached on, how can we leave out such important Doctrinal Truths especially as it makes number one as what we believe in the discipline.
What have we preached - if not doctrines such as the Trinity?
I have a sneaky idea that over time we have only concentrated on specific Wesleyan doctrines to sadly leave our people mel-nourished as to the Whole Counsel of God. Yes ! and even in my church, if I mention one specific word - there are alarming sounds of Amen, but to every thing else ( as we preach through the sermon on the mount covering so many issues of godly living) there is silence.
What's wrong with this ?
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
But as I Ipod daily a preacher who is working through the book of Ephesians, I have felt hungry for Paul's words , so this week I Have started just reading through Ephesians , in its entirety, and as I am reading through My ESV Bible I have noticed over the years that I have repeatedly KEPT the same habit, of underlining all the sin passages and the what not to due passages.
And as I think about this Now I have missed for too long , what God has provided and what He wants me to do . In other words I am finding grace.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
My Neighbor is burning grass as I blog. It amazes me that while we have no snow there are others who have Mountains of snow. I guess its perspective on how you see it all. But on this side I think I like it this way a lot better.
Today I tried to chase down a lady at the hospital for a pastoral call, but here name wasn't on the clergy list, the information ladies list nor on the admitting person's list.
So I called a friend and found out it was on the undertakers list. I have never meet the lady but she has been regularly requested for prayer. And here lies one off the (for Me) downers of ministry being too late. But probably to late eternally which was more important and heart breaking.
I was able to once again this year take our mid week group deeper into the profound debts of this week . We studied Palm Sunday , and again I am amazed at how little we all really know about the important facts of our spiritual life. We are so superficial just knowing enough to sound religious but not enough to defend our faith.
Now The reason the word superficial is on my mind , is that in our monthly ministers meeting( zone)
we were asked if the church has become to superficial in our world. (Good question) Well I am not sure what some were thinking in their answers , but they kinda of proved the point. They could only make presumptions and a lot of 'you knows' and 'they's' I think had the apostles preached a 'you know' and a 'they' along with a host of other hunch statements who would of listened ?
So I am reminded that I myself need to make sure I am not a superficial husband,dad,pastor, son,brother, and friend.
I am now reading ...
Basic Christianity by John r.w. Stott
I know its not new, and while I hadn't read it, there are two reasons for reading it.
The price was right a quarter, and its a apologetic book.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Perry F. Rockwood, radio pastor and founder of Peoples Gospel Hour, dead at 90
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published Monday March 10th, 2008
HALIFAX - Perry F. Rockwood, a pastor whose weekly radio sermon, the Peoples Gospel Hour, has been heard around the world has died in Halifax at the age of 90.
Rockwood, who was born in New Glasgow, N.S., died Friday in hospital after a brief illness, about two weeks shy of his 91st birthday.
Ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1943, Rockwood suffered a bitter break from the church a few years later after charging the faith's leaders with apostasy during a four-sermon series.
The split made front-page news across Canada.
The fundamentalist preacher soon founded a radio program called the Peoples Gospel Hour, which first aired Sept. 5, 1947, on CKCL Radio based in Truro, N.S.
Aside from that program, which airs Sundays, Rockwood's project has grown to include Monday through Friday radio broadcasts and the publication of religious booklets.
His radio programs have been heard on stations in Canada, the United States and throughout the world, including Africa, Asia and Europe.
Rockwood also founded and served as the pastor of the Missionary Bible Church in Halifax.
During the Pope's visit to the region in 1984, Rockwood joined some 50 other people in a small parking lot behind the church to speak out against the Pope, the Roman Catholic Church and the sacraments.
Rockwood was to be buried Tuesday in Halifax following a funeral service.
The Cross he Bore by Frederick S Leahy.
I picked up this jem from a baptist church in the area that has a book store in it. Not much but the books they carry are treasures most are reform in their theology. and it was here I picked up this book, so as I started reading it last night I googled the authors name and found he passed away January 4 , 2006. His Obituary is amazing he was born in 1922.
He pastored only three congregations till he retired in 1988. He was noted as an avid reader and an author himself.
To me it's godly men like this, that inspire me. Not the Televangelist who occupy TV with their foolishness and softened gospel, but Men who preached the word in season and out of season .
Men with depth to their message for they knew whom they spoke off.
Men who could write more in a three page chapter, than those who write a 300 page book and say nothing.
Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Whatever grade these poems/stories came from were interesting while I can't remember them all I do remember a few.
* I dream off a world with no beer, so people won't drive drunk.
* I dream off a world with no animal cruelty (this was repeated a lot in the posters)
* I dream off ....
I am glad to see the kids have dreams, I think I'll give this as home work for my mid week group.
to see how they fare as mostly seniors.
Well Sunday is past and i am glad for I have been preaching through the sermon on the mount and this week we came to Divorce, so as I am working through this passage in small bits the idea came to me, I'll give some George Barna quotes and show how sadly the church has become victims of this sin, then to keep things moving i read the Wesleyan church position on it from our articles of religion then moved on to the section on oaths.
Where I wanted the people to see the value of their words and that we are constantly under the listening ear of God, hopefully we are working on it.
And Yesterday (Monday) I got my mid week lesson prepared, and decided for March to switch from the sermon on the mount and prepare for another mount - Calvary.
So using a book(used) I picked up a month ago LENTEN-EASTER SOURCE -BOOK from their list of 100 topics and text for lent choose mine for the week, " If Jesus had not come" John 15:22
the challenge comes now to take this title and give it a body. Which I enjoy.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Well for the season we have sat by the same people every game.
Which is cool! Seeing how people react week after week. [ kinda like church lol ]
The man on my left never talks the whole game you would never know he was there. ( the kind of guy I like sitting by) then there is the two older ladies to my right who have the two isle seats, which once they park , they don't like to move - even stand so you can get by.
And when they do stand up to let us pass by, they always make their thoughts known as we go by getting to our seats, but it's worse when our kids go back and forth they are nasty in their comments.
When you take the end seat be prepared to move.
It's funny though that between the second and third period my wife and I move quickly because that's when they leave their seats so really for the season we have been held hostage.
Then there's the family that sits in front of us -parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts nice people, sons and daughter in laws. They are polite and make conversation , and even take pic's and put them on face book for us to see.
Then the people behind us who are involved with the team as investors, event coordinators, billets for the team players and great hockey fans.
And there's the seat spotters , who move closer and closer to the game by sitting in un occupied seats, And man can that guy yell, I'm sure he is heard in New Found land at every game, he's loud, rude and knows it all about hockey, when the music plays he sings with it . I know he is enjoying the game in his own unique way, but man it hurts the old ears ( a sign of my turning old:( )
Then there was the guy who I say was a senior that was at the Second hockey game of his life , and in good fun he cheered for the opposing team when they scored. To this he was booed by " loyal fans of Yarmouth"
I liked that Guy he had a great spirit.
So now that our tickets have run out , our family will have to find a new way filling up the weekends , so we can have fun.
But while my season tickets are gone I still have my son's team to watch and cheer for , and just yesterday i learned my daughter is on the school basketball team so it will be off to watch her play.
The joys of kids these days,
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Pursuit of the Holy by Corey Russel
and The Last days by Joel C. Rosenberg.
While trying to blog more I am looking for events interesting enough to write about, I am keeping my eyes open to life.
so here is an interesting thing that happened two Sundays ago a 'goth' gentleman game into church , i'm 6'oneish and I had to look up to him to talk. He had the black look right down to his fingernails. I have seen him around town for he stands out and asked my son of grade 8 if he knew him, to which he thought his nick name was Jesus. So he sat in the Back pew - while the pew was waiting for its regular occupants who sat in the choir to come down and take their usual place except for mid Nov. till Jan. because of Christmas objections.
So he sat and at times looked as board as my son. I was glad to see people talk to him, and made a effort to befriend him. Later i learned he had been invited to church that Sunday but invited to go to the baptist Church, not ours. He didn't come back this week. But unfortunately we are more inviting to the 50 and older crowd who like hymns.
I wish we could attract more , But I must work with what we have.
And I do appreciate our church and our worship.
We don't have a worship team ( which I don't like anyways, ) and were open to more musicians but we do our best!
Friday, February 08, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Maybe I'll lend him the copy of the stryper concert dvd I picked up this week when I was shopping with out my wife. Or I'll watch it and see how my pre-teens re-act to Stryper and try to tell them how it's superior to what they hear now.
Another Pastors story! Two sundays ago I watched as my other music leader lead the service with singing. While leading it he used 'overheads' and one was the hymn COME, THOU FONT OF EVERY BLESSING, a great hymn , but when he made the over head he used a Baptist Hymnal instead of our Wesleyan Hymnal ( the one we use) . This is not an issue with me,
In fact there isn't much of a difference till the last verse, and the gap opens wide between positions. And as I'm singing and watching our people in worship, I noticed some folks frantically getting their hymn books out and turning to the right page and singing from our hymn book instead of the over head. Thankfully no new people were sitting by them.
But would they have been contaminatted by singing the words ?
Words from a free will Baptist Hymn Book
"O to grace how great a debt Daily I'm constrained to be! Let thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee. Prone to wander, Lord I feel it. Prone to Leave The God I love; Here's my heart, o take and seal it; seal it for thy courts above."
Here are our words
" O to grace how great a debt -or daily I'm constrained to be! Let that grace, now like a fetter, Bind my yielded heart to thee. Let me know Thee in Thy fullness; Guide me by thy mighy hand Till, transformed, in Thine own image, Im Thy presence I shall stand."
I wonder what will be the heavenly version will be we sing ?
Thats it for Pastor story's .
This week I'm reading No Holiness No Heaven by Richard Alderson.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
I read this quote today before the sun came up and I thought how true it is...
"I have never been a millionaire. But I have enjoyed a crackling fire, a glorious sunset, a walk with a friend and a hug from a child. There are plenty of life's tiny delights for all of us"
Jack Anthony (Author)
p.s. th pictures start from up.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
So Here I am, with 69 days till fishing season starts, hating every snow storm, and wishing for warmer days.
Till that time, I am Working and living life like ...
making weekly trips to the rink watching my son play hockey or daughter,
checking out the used book store places for favorite authors or books.
reading ,blogging and tying flies.
My current read is ...
Triumph over Temptation by John Owen.
FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER by Stephen Coonts. ( an author I am really liking)