About Spencer BoersmaSpencer went to Heritage College to do his undergrad in theology. There he met Megan and married in 2009, and started a family her yoke has been easy and her burden light. Later that year, he defended his master’s thesis on postmodernism and the theological method of Stan Grenz at Heritage Seminary. Spencer was also accepted to the doctoral program at University of Toronto, Wycliffe College for systematic theology. Spencer loves to provoke deep reflection on God, and if you want to have your mind stretched, listen to his other sermons and check out his blog: http://apophaticstory.blogspot.ca/.
Blurb: Carl Honoré in his book, In Praise of Slow, points out the sobering facts of what our speed and performance obsessed culture is doing to us. It is damaging our health, families, and society in general. Interestingly enough, Honoré describes our obsession with performance in religious terms: its idolatrous, the cult of speed, the go-faster gospel, etc.
Could it be that our stressed way of life is indicative of a deeper spiritual illness? Could it be that observing the Sabbath is more than just a banal act of piety? Jesus said that the “Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” This sermon will explore how the Sabbath – not just as a ritual, a day, or merely going to church – is integral to the church’s spiritual health and even its witness to a consumerist world…
Missional Living Series Part 6 | God is One: Missional Essentials By Spencer Boersma Text: Mark 12:28-34 This part in our Missional Essentials series goes back to basics: Christianity believes in one God not many gods, monotheism not polytheism. It is a truth that has become obvious to us, so obvious that we forget why…
The word repentance has become unfashionable, faux pas. Why is this? It is probably because Christians have consistently misunderstood what it means and who it is for. Instead, repentance has been used as an instrument for Christian to relate to non-Christians from a position of power, privilege, superiority, and comfort.
When this happens the church begins to look all too human, helping only those that help it, opposing those that oppose it, neglecting those that are worthless to it.
However, when we look at how John the Baptist and Jesus preached repentance and for whom, we find that repentance is something that calls the church – the church first! – to powerlessness, calling the church to love freely, not for self-advancement.
Living this powerlessness and grace is what awakens people to the kingdom of God that has come near to them, as Jesus gives his gospel presentation in the “beatitudes,” the founding values of God’s nation
Every claims to have the truth, which often makes it feel like no one has the truth. Truth is on trial in our day. How do we, people who confess that God has encountered us in Christ, demonstrate that what we believe is true? With arguments? While these have their place, faith seems to have a proof much deeper than what the mind can grasp. In Scripture, Jesus prays knowing that he is going to do to trial. The truth of his kingship is on trial, and so he makes an appeal to the Father to be glorified and sanctified.
How does glory prove God? How does our sanctification, our being made holy, show the truth that Jesus is king? This is what we will explore, ultimately to show that there is something glorious about God’s love. If a person can believe in love, they can believe in God.
Many people thought the world was going to end in 2012. But also 2011, 2000, 1994, 1984, all the way back to the early church. Why have Christians thought this? What assumptions about the Bible lead one to predict an end of the world?
What notions of God, the world, the cross, and the church stand behind a lot of end times preachers? In this sermon we will do something different and go through different people in Christian history who predicted the end and got it wrong, using their life examples to bring us deeper into the Word with wisdom and hope.