I spent this past weekend in Ontario as the guest of my friend and Doctor or Ministry colleague Peter Bartlett. He was being installed (though they much more appropriately call it a covenanting service) as the co-pastor of Eastminster United Church in Belleville, Ontario. You can watch a video of my sermon below, full of my typical post-Christendom provocations. The title was taken from an illustration I borrowed from Fourth Church colleague Matt Helms.
Beyond this service, I enjoyed worshiping with Peter’s new congregation on Sunday morning, observing Remembrance Day with him on Monday (more on this later), and enjoying Canadian treats such as smoked meat poutine, a Pop Shoppe root beer, and a maple doughnut from Tim Horton’s.
As an added bonus, I got to have dinner with a Fourth Church family that has relocated to Toronto. It was great to see them. (I should get some youth ministry extra credit for going to another country to visit youth and families, right?)
All in all, it was a great trip.