Author: Gareth Brandt

Women in the Reformation

One of Martin Luther’s contributions to how we view church today was his rediscovery of the concept of the “priesthood of all believers”. International Women’s Day [March 8] is a good time to reflect on the application of this doctrine. How many female leaders of the Reformation do you know? Probably none. Of the Reformation […]

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Louis Riel Day

Tomorrow is Louis Riel Day in Manitoba. Last summer I continued my interest in Louis Riel by visiting Batoche, SK where his dream of a Metis homeland was vanquished for the second and final time. I also visited his family home in St.Vital, MB, and his final burial place beside the cathedral in St. Boniface, […]

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Does God pick a winner?

The NHL All-Star game is being played in Los Angeles, California this weekend. Los Angeles is not about hockey, it’s about entertainment. It is also the 100th anniversary of the NHL so it should have really been held in Canada but hockey, like other professional sports, has become more about entertainment revenue than the sport […]

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Martin Luther King Jr.

Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth name was Michael, not Martin? He was born Michael King Jr. on January 15, 1929. In 1934, however, his father, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and became inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther and renamed himself and his young son after him. It seems appropriate to recognize this link on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in the 500th anniversary year of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. The following is my conclusion to a sermon on Ephesians 2:11-22 that reflects on both of the above. […]

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Canadians love to talk about and complain about the weather. We live through some of the most dramatic seasonal weather changes on the planet. We have lived in five Canadian provinces so we have experienced our share of variety and weather drama. We have now lived in BC’s lower mainland for almost 17 years.  […]

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