We’re excited to announce the launch of Union Calgary, a Learning Community of Union School of Theology for Christian theological education and ministry training, hosted by Calvary Grace Church. If you’re in driving distance of Calgary and are seeking an academically rigorous, biblically faithful, and accredited theological education, but can’t commit to a full-time program of study and can’t relocate to a seminary somewhere, this may be for you!
Details on the Calgary Learning Community here.
The program offered through the Learning Community is Union’s Graduate Diploma in Theology (GDip).
A bright young lady in our church, Ava Peacock, has written a report on our recent conference with Dr. Michael Haykin at the church blog–and don’t miss the link to all the recordings from the conference at the beginning of the article!
Here’s the link.
We’re starting a new recurring series at the Calvary Grace Church blog, called “What We Sing.” It will feature some of the songs we sing in our corporate worship.
The first post, featuring the Sovereign Grace piece “Now Why This Fear,” is up here. Check it out!
Did Jesus go to hell after the Cross? In short, no, I don’t believe he did. This idea creates a snakepit of theological problems, and more than that, not only is it not biblically supported, it derives from a line in the Apostles’ Creed that was added much later than the original versions of the Creed.
John Piper has a great article on the biblical reasons to reject this idea. And our new church website has a brief note on our Apostles’ Creed page explaining why, from a textual perspective, it’s best to omit that line entirely.
Calvary Grace Church's New Website
Calvary Grace Church launched a new website last week! Go on over to the new website
and have a look!
Do note that your old bookmarks may not work with the new site; mine didn’t. Also, old links to sermons and blog articles won’t work anymore either, as the addresses have changed.
Many thanks to Cory Adamson for his months of work on the new site concept and architecture, and to the many volunteers who helped move content over from the old site over the past few weeks!
We also owe a big debt of thanks to Steve McRae, who designed our first website at the very beginning and whose graphic design persisted until last week; and, also to Mike Jones and Warren Rempel, who replaced the back-end architecture of the old website some two and a half years ago to make it more secure and easier to use. Their many hours of labour were not in vain. May God use this new tool for the increase of his Kingdom!
It’s been a busy month in the Jones household, coupled with a couple unscheduled trips and transitions at church! So I’ve fallen behind in linking to some articles posted at the Calvary Grace church blog, the “Pastoral Notepad.”
On February 9, I wrote an article about learning to love our limitations when faced with our inability to comprehend God.
February 11 saw an article posted on a potentially staggering discovery: apparently a late first-century fragment of the Gospel of Mark has been found, which would be the earliest piece of a New Testament known to date. I discussed both its importance and the fact that it really doesn’t matter that much at the end of the day.
On February 24, I reflected on my own struggle with authority as I made the case that church structure matters, no matter how dry or redundant the topic may seem.
I’m still catching up, but that’s enough to chew on for now, I think!
In a previous post, I linked to articles and personal blogs by two of my fellow elders at Calvary Grace Church, Clint Humfrey and Terry Stauffer. Now our other elder, Paul Toews, has begun blogging and shared the link with us.
You can read Paul’s blog, Watching for Morning, here. Paul is a schoolteacher and so education is an important theme in the articles he’s written so far. Great stuff–go on over and take a look!