Sep18WedSeptember 18, 2019
Meet our New Pastor!
Formally, he’s the Rev. Dr. Stephen Chambers. But in a few months, he’s going to be “Pastor Steve” here at Grace—or, if you prefer, “Pastor Chambers.” Have you met our incoming Associate Pastor?
Pastor Steve grew up in Vancouver, B.C. and attended U.B.C. before...
Aug20TueAugust 20, 2019 by Curtis Boehm
Under One Roof
It’s hard to ignore the work being done on the church right now. Large scaffolds surround the sanctuary. The sound of hammering and moving materials around reminds us who are under this roof that it is being strengthened, and covered in a new protective layer of shingles. The price tag for this re-roofing project is...
Jun19WedJune 19, 2019 by Curtis Boehm
A Soul Well Watered
Last week during a sunny June afternoon I took a couple hours and launched an assault on the dandelion population that has invaded the lawns in front of the church. It was such a gorgeous day; being outside was refreshing, and pulling up dandelions by the root has an oddly satisfying effect on me.
More than one person stopped...
May28TueMay 28, 2019 by Curtis Boehm
Mar15FriMarch 15, 2019
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19 ESV)
During February and March this winter, prolonged extremely cold temperatures made Edmonton (and most of Canada) into a hard, frozen place. Though there...
Feb16SatFebruary 16, 2019
Hard Words; Good Words
There are some words which are hard to hear.
For example, when the doctor comes to give us the truth about our condition, and the prognosis is not good, those are hard words to hear.
Or when we’ve acted irresponsibly, or disobediently, and someone in authority informs us of the consequences of our behaviour, those...
Jan16WedJanuary 16, 2019 by Debbie Malone
“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8
Jaw-dropping. Extremely surprising. Overwhelmingly impressive.
What do you find astonishing?
Nov18SunNovember 18, 2018
As a parent of young children, I have lived in a world where safety precautions sometimes seem like the most important concern of life. Whether it’s trying to buckle winter-dressed children into car seats, ridding the house of any cleaning products that could be eaten, or getting decked out in helmet, knee, elbow, and wrist pads for rollerblading, many parents live by the rule: “Safety First!”
But recently, a trend has emerged which has challenged the wisdom of “Safety First.” For instance, Brett and Kate McKay published a list of “23 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do.”
Oct16TueOctober 16, 2018
Sep15SatSeptember 15, 2018
“...not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13 ESV)
The Apostle Paul claimed to have discovered the secret of being “content in all circumstances,” but for me it’s a stretch. I struggle to find gratitude in my heart when September snowstorms cut a short summer even shorter.