Author Archives: Joel Crouse

The Wilderness of Freedom

In the summer of 2012, Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins visited a bakery in Colorado to order a cake for their wedding. The owner, a man named Jack Phillips, refused to make them one, arguing that as a Christian, he … Continue reading

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Righteous Resisters

Today, as we approach a week of remembrance, as we consider loved ones lost on this All Saints Sunday, we are presented with the Beatitudes in our Gospel. We are given a divine version of what makes a person powerful … Continue reading

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Come and join us for a special Reformation Event this Sunday.

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The Cloak of Character

This week, a King of sorts fell. Unlike the king in our gospel, if Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein hosted a party, all the A-listers came. He was thanked in Oscar speeches, as one writer put it, even more often than … Continue reading

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Thanks and Giving

Sitting here this morning, I imagine we all have a lot of reasons to be grateful. That we are able to enjoy this morning. That we have family or friends to spend time with. That we live in Ottawa, in … Continue reading

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The work you do. The person you are.

Our kids are packing their school bags. The people of St. John have returned to their pews. The summer is slipping away, and life is speeding up again. It is time to get down to business. But what kind of … Continue reading

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Canada 15000

It’s a pretty great year to be a Canadian. Our country, despite now being officially 150 years old, looks like one of the most modern nations in the world – a place known as being somewhere that difference is accepted, … Continue reading

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