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The Graces of Sorrow – Lament

December 8, 2019Speaker: Ian CampbellPsalm 22Lament is an uncommon term for today. It implies a mixture of sadness, complaint and helplessness. It speaks out of the depth of our sorrow with only the faintest hint of hope that we glimpse and need the power of Advent to manage.

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The Graces of Sorrow – Hope

December 1, 2019Speaker: Ian CampbellPsalm 39Hope’s presence in the midst of sorrow has a subtle persistence to it. It has the character of resilience which allows us to take a “deep dive” into our sorrow. It is empowered by the strength of Advent’s promise.

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I’m Just Asking… Is Hell Real?

November 24, 2019Speaker: Ian CampbellRev 20.11-15“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here.” So we find in Dante’s Inferno from the 14th Century where he describes an inscription at the entrance to Hell. Is Hell a real place? Who is destined for Hell? Is it about conscious, eternal punishment as many doctrinal statements of evangelicalism state?

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I’m Just Asking…. Is Jesus The Only Way?

November 17, 2019Speaker: Ian CampbellJohn 14.6Jesus was very plain about His claim to be the only way to the Father. So is it just that plain and simple, come to Jesus and you’re given a ticket to heaven and the Father? Or is it more complicated somehow? Do you find yourself with some “but..” questions that don’t seem easily resolved? …

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I’m just asking …. Why Doesn’t God Intervene in My Troubles?

November 10, 2019Speaker: Ian CampbellGenesis 50.20Last week we established that God knows and loves us individually and personally. The follow up question is why then doesn’t He intervene in our lives when we are in trouble of some kind? Perhaps the greatest objection people raise is about the relationship between 

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I’m just asking…. Does God Care About Me Personally?

November 3, 2019Speaker: Ian CampbellPsalm 139This question might be followed by a “why” sort of question which is perhaps the harder one to figure out. But it’s a very important one to ask first. Then we might be able to discuss possibilities for the “why” follow ups!

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I’m just asking… Why doesn’t God prove His existence?

October 27, 2019Speaker: Ian CampbellJohn 20.29On the other end of our discussion about the value of questions and doubt we are faced with a statement Jesus made to Thomas calling those who believe without seeing “blessed.” How do we make sense of this? Wouldn’t it be better to know God’s existence for sure and then deal with what implications that …

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I’m just asking… What kind of book is the Bible?

October 20, 2019Speaker: Ian Campbell2 Timothy 3.16What kind of book is the Bible? How are we supposed to read it and understand it? The National Post posed that question a few years ago and proposed that there are four views on this question: 1. supernatural revelation of God’s eternal will; 2. inspiring moral guide; 3. sacred literature like all sacred …

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I’m just asking…. is heaven real?

October 6, 2019Speaker: Ian CampbellJohn 14.1-6Is Heaven real? Is there really an afterlife? We will address this question this week as the gatekeeper of the rest of our doubts. Should we join John Lennon and imagine there’s no heaven? Would that solve our problems or create new ones?