On the Straight and Narrow

Luke 13:22-30 Introduction Make sure to stay on the “straight and narrow.” That is a popular saying that comes from the Bible, even when the person saying it doesn’t realize it. But what does that even mean? Most often when people talk about staying on the straight and narrow, they mean that a person should…
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September 26, 2017 0

Faith Like a Mustard Seed

Luke 13:18-21 Introduction This was a big summer for me. For the first time in my life, I had my own vegetable garden. I won’t claim that everything worked, but I had relatively low expectations. My goal was that I would be able to eat just one thing that I had grown from my garden.…
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September 19, 2017 0

Mike Neels

September 7, 2017 0

What is a Baptist?

Introduction This is Queen Street Baptist Church. Queen Street BAPTIST Church. We belong to the Canadian BAPTISTS of Ontario and Quebec. What in the world is a Baptist? Many people think that Baptists are simply about using a lot of water for baptisms. But it is so much more than that. There was a school…
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September 2, 2017 0

The End of the World!

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Introduction Today we are going to talk about the end-times. Does that sound strange to you? Does talking about the end of the world make you feel uncomfortable? Are you afraid that we might be some kind of a cult? The truth is that we all believe in the end of the…
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August 22, 2017 0

Blessings and Woes in an Upside Down World

A sermon that looks at the blessings and woes in Luke 6:17-26 . Introduction God bless you! When are you most likely to hear that? While we should hear it a lot in church, you probably hear it more when people sneeze. This tradition goes back thousands of years. The ancient Romans would say “Jupiter preserve you”…
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August 10, 2017 0

Was Jesus Really God?

Was Jesus Really God? Introduction It was about two years ago that I applied for the pastoral position at Queen Street Baptist Church. I will confess that it was an interview process different from many others in my experience. Not that previous search committees were unfriendly, but I felt a particular connection with this one.…
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August 8, 2017 1

Did God Command Genocide?

Joshua 6:12-21 Introduction I want you to imagine that a friend or family member comes to you and announces they have decided to start reading the Bible. You are overjoyed, after all, it is the Good Book. You begin to wonder where they will start. Will they begin with some of those beautiful Psalms? Will…
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August 1, 2017 0

What is So Triumphal About the Triumphal Entry?

A sermon based on Mark 11:1-11. Introduction I have been stuck in traffic many times in my life. Once I was even an hour and a half late for church when I was commuting to Toronto. But there is one traffic jam that sticks in my mind, and not just for the exotic locale. Amanda…
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July 25, 2017 0

What About Creation and Evolution?

Genesis 2:4-7 Introduction This is a topic that I approach with fear and trembling. The reason for this is that those who have opinions on this, hold those opinions very strongly. One group will believe that all those who take science seriously must hold one position and the other group will believe all those who…
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July 25, 2017 0

Does God Exist?

Hebrews 11:1-6 Introduction Does God exist? There are some outspoken atheists who will loudly proclaim that God does not exist. They purchase advertising space on buses to get their “good news” out that God does not exist. While certain atheists are very vocal about and antagonistic against faith in God, their number is actually quite…
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July 18, 2017 0

Be Faithful at All Times

A sermon based on Luke 12:35-48 Introduction What is our motivation for doing good? Do we find that we do the right thing mostly when others are watching or can we do it when no one is around? I used to work in a warehouse. While the actual work was not that fun, there were…
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July 5, 2017 0

Jesus Christ: Home Wrecker

A sermon based on Luke 12:49-53 Introduction Who was Jesus and what was he really like? I fear that we have created a flannel graph Jesus. What I mean by that is that we have described Jesus in a way that is attractive to children. “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells…
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July 4, 2017 0

How Can I Know Jesus Really Rose From the Dead?

A sermon based on John 20:24-31 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction There is no lack of bad news for us these days. We have a regular diet of crimes, wars and terrorism. There is so much of it that it takes a lot to shock us anymore. I recently came across one…
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April 17, 2017 0

Hosanna: Please Help Me!

A sermon based on Mark 11:1-11 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Did you know that you know some Hebrew? If you have ever used the words amen or hallelujah, you are using some Hebrew. They are the words for truth and praise the Lord. Even oy is a Hebrew word for woe.…
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April 10, 2017 0

Psalm 139: Ruining a Perfectly Good Psalm

A sermon based on Psalm 139 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction There are certain Psalms that stand out because of their beautiful language and the depth of their reflection. Psalm 23 is one, Psalm 121 that we looked at last week is another. Near the top of the list would be Psalm 139.…
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April 3, 2017 0

Psalm 121: Where Does Your Help Come From?

A sermon based on Psalm 121 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I love the Psalms. What I appreciate about them is that they wrestle with what it means to trust God in real life. There is no pretend or make-believe when it comes to the challenges of life. The Psalmist presents reality in…
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March 27, 2017 0

The Lord’s Prayer

A sermon based on Luke 11:1-4 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction When I was in the army and would be on course, we would often be taught by what we called a SME. SME stood for subject matter expert. It was acknowledged that there were certain people who had special knowledge of…
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March 7, 2017 0

Sitting and Serving

A sermon based on Luke 10:38-42 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction One of the hardest things about being a parent is that my children do not act the way I did when I was their age. They fight, bicker and get jealous. Not once as a child did I ever get in…
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February 27, 2017 0

Staying on Mission

A sermon preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction If there is one piece of technology that I love, it is my GPS. That little box saves me so much on stress. I remember the days of unfolding a map while I was driving, trying to figure out where I was with one eye and…
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February 20, 2017 0

Being a Missional Church

A message based on Luke 10:1-12 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction On January, 2, 2017, exactly one third of a religious group called, United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing died. This group, more commonly known as the Shakers, went from three people down to two people. How did the once…
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February 13, 2017 0

Dealing With Rejection

A message based on Luke 9:51-56 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction We have all experienced rejection at some point in our life. It could have been asking someone out on a date, applying for a job or at the very least, asking something from our parents when we were children. There is…
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February 6, 2017 0

6 Things We Learn From the Transfiguration

A message based on Luke 8:28-36 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Have you ever had a defining moment in your understanding of God? A moment when you saw things clearer than you had ever before? It may have been a conversion experience or something else. There was a man in the fifth century…
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January 16, 2017 0

Remember the Good Old Days?

A sermon based on Ezra 3:10-13 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I have a confession to make. I am nostalgic. Not just a little bit, but excessively so. Moving back to St. Catharines has been painful for my family. Everywhere we drive, I point out the old schools I used to attend, the…
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January 9, 2017 0

An Acts Church: Resolutions

A sermon based on Acts 2:42-47 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction Have you ever picked a New Year’s resolution and stuck to it? Some of the experts tell us that New Year’s resolutions don’t work. I don’t believe that’s accurate. I believe what really goes on is that many people are not…
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January 2, 2017 0

Advent Two: Peace

A sermon based on John 14:25-27 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction I want you to imagine your favourite nativity scene. Maybe it was one you had growing up, one you have now or one you wish you had. Take in the emotions of the scene. Peaceful baby with peaceful parents, surrounded by…
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December 5, 2016 0

Advent One: Hope

A sermon based on Romans 5:1-5 and preached at Queen Street Baptist Church. Introduction One of the themes of Advent is hope. When we think of the Christmas story, many of us think of the promise of hope. But what if it is just a story? What if there is no real hope in this…
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November 28, 2016 0