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No Salvation Without This Story

by Brent Karding

The story of Judah and Tamar is unpleasant and awkward to read. You won’t find it in any children’s picture Bible storybooks! If it were a movie, it would surely be at least PG-13. If you don’t remember this story, take a couple of minutes and read Genesis 38. Then, once you’ve cringed and grimaced […]

A Physical Saviour and a Physical Christmas

by Brent Karding

(The following is the devotional I gave at the Christmas banquet of Kingston Bible College and Academy last week.) At Christmas, our attention turns to a little stable in Bethlehem, and to a little manger inside it. And that manger, at that moment, was the centre of the universe. If you could see with spiritual […]

Singing with Understanding: When Love and Sorrow Met

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

Singing with Understanding: Willing to Forsake All

by Brent Karding

Series introduction: The title of this series comes from I Corinthians 14:15, where Paul said, “I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.” I want to help you sing hymns with understanding; that is, to understand what you are singing with your mind, so that you can rejoice in […]

The Peak of Glory and Happiness

by Brent Karding

I can’t say everything I learn about a passage of Scripture in every sermon. I have to content myself with leaving some thoughts, quotations, or helpful points on the cutting room floor. This blog has been and will be a great venue for me to share clips from the “extended edition” of some of my […]

The Sorrow, Offense, and Shame of Sin

by Brent Karding

As I was out for a walk the other day, I saw a mashed, long-dead bird on the road. At first I couldn’t tell what kind of a bird it was, but as I got closer I saw that it was a blue jay. I felt a twinge of sadness. And that got me thinking […]

I Vow to Thee, My Saviour

by Brent Karding

Two nights ago my wife and I attended the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. There was a lot of majestic music, fancy clothes, and moving presentations. One of the presentations was the singing of the song “I Vow to Thee, My Country,” which I always find deeply moving. This song is a song of loyalty […]

Jesus Wants Your Unrestrained Commitment

by Brent Karding

Last Sunday night I preached on the story of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac in Genesis 22. But because the audio recorder stopped recording partway through the message, I didn’t upload it to Sermon Audio. So I thought I would post the application of the message as two separate blog posts here.  I found Genesis 22 to […]

What Will God Sacrifice for Our Holiness?

by Brent Karding

I came across this quotation when preparing to preach on the Great Flood some weeks ago. It answers the question, “Why did God destroy every person?” It also points a spotlight at the cross to make us marvel at Calvary more than the Flood. I’ve underlined and put in bold some of the most important […]

Worship Christ This Christmas

by Brent Karding

The hinge of history is slowly creaking and turning in Matthew 2. The turning point in God’s story has begun! We have a wonderful example of how we should respond to this turning point – Christmas itself – by the way the wise men responded: they worshipped Christ.  In Matthew 2:11, we read that “when […]