First Glance: Galatians 2:1-16

…they recognized that I had been entrusted with the task of preaching the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter had been to the circumcised. For God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the circumcised, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles. (Galatians 2:7-8) Have you ever wished you had…

Sermon: For Whom Do You Work?

Last week Pastor Stephen started us off on our series about work, building a foundation for us. We read the story of creation, of Adam and Eve, and how “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” We learned that work…

Homemade Yogurt

My Mom’s been making homemade yogurt for years. My parents have a dairy farm, so fresh milk is readily available. My son loves plain yogurt, and we go through it so much, that I decided I wanted to start making my own yogurt as well. So many recipes require a thermometer and seem fairly finicky.…

Pea Soup

Ingredients: 500g split peas 500g ham hock 1 smoked sausage, sliced 4 onions, chopped 1 carrot, sliced 1 celery root (celeriac), cubed 2 leeks, sliced 2  peeled potatoes, cubed salt freshly ground pepper 2 Tbsp finely chopped celery leaves Directions: Wash the split peas and let them soak overnight (include enough water that it lies at least…

Sermon: The Red Thread of Salvation (cont’d)

[This sermon was originally preached on Sunday, March 13, 2016 as part of a series of  Community Lenten Evening Services between rural RCA and PCA churches in our area.] I invite you to open your bibles with me to 2 Corinthians 1:18-24. If you don’t have a bible with you, feel free to grab one…

Garden Pizza

Today is Pizza Friday! I thought it might be the perfect time to introduce a new pizza recipe. This is one of our favourite types of pizza to make. It’s a pizza popular in Pennsylvania. Having family from that area, we were fortunate enough to be introduced to it. It’s simple, slightly healthy (with the…

Sermon: Remember Me

[This sermon was originally preached on Sunday, March 6, 2016] I invite you to open your bibles with me this morning to the Gospel of Luke, chapter 23. Luke is in the New Testament — Matthew, Mark, and then Luke. If you see John, you’ve gone a little too far. Luke chapter 23, beginning in verse…

First Glance: Luke 23:42-43

  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43) Two criminals hung on crosses on either side of Jesus – an innocent man. One hurled insults, but the other recognized his sinfulness, and came to…

Sermon: A Noble Task

[This sermon was originally preached on Sunday, January 10, 2016] I invite you to open your bibles to 1 Timothy 3:1-7. 1 Timothy is in the New Testament, coming after 1-2 Thessalonians, and before 2 Timothy, Titus, and Hebrews. 1 Timothy 3:1-7. Last week we began a series on leadership within the church. Last week we…

Sermon: Make Ready

  [This sermon was originally delivered on Sunday, December 5, 2015.] This morning I invite you to open your bibles to Luke chapter 1. Luke is in the New Testament, the third book. Luke comes after Matthew and Mark, and before John. Luke chapter 1, beginning in verse 1. You may have noticed last week…