Able Baker (Author's Website)
Able is the lead pastor of Fort St James Evangelical Free Church (BC, Canada) and has been a senior pastor for six years. He has a passion for rural ministry, enjoys reading, movies, playing sports, chess, coffee, beer, watching MMA, hunting, fishing, and songwriting (he's written over 25 songs and recorded three CD’s). He's been married to his wonderful wife, Abbe, for 11 years. Together they have three beautiful children (Jackson, Chloe, and Lucy).
Here are some figurative and not so figurative things I have learned to keep handy on my journey as a solo rural pastor. If you have any to add throw them into the post as well. Help a brother out! A Hat Collection: Are you a “jack of all trades master of none” kind of person? […]
He cannot afford the books he just bought to help him serve you better. He has worked over five weeks in a row without a day off several times this year and the only one who knows are his wife and kids. Yes he probably knows all the gossip about you (though he will say […]
In my mind violence (both defensive and offensive) must always come before peace and because of this, change is rarely harmonious. This is unfortunate and sad but true. The cross is not simply an act of violence nor is it simply an act of non-violence. I think we see broken and perverted shadows of the […]
All this southern baptist crap makes me crazy. It is totally crazy in my opinion that Christ followers can create such a lose, lose dilemma for homosexual Christians. We have created a situation where those who have “come out of the closet” so to speak cannot come out of the closet as Christian either, for […]
Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
As a pastor of a well established Church it is difficult for me to watch our church “glitch out” over the demands of culture because it refuses to update and upgrade its operating system. When my laptop began to overheat a couple of months ago I realized that the worlds demands were up and leaving […]
The Bible describes Moabites as Proud and arrogant. Isa 16:6; Jer 48:29.; Idolatrous. 1 Ki 11:7; Superstitious. Jer 27:3, 9; Rich and confident. Jer 48:7; Prosperous and at ease. Jer 48:11; Mighty men of war. Jer 48:14. The Moabites tempted Israel with idolatry Nu 25:1–3; Israel was to stay away from them politically De 23:6. […]
I think many of the problems we have with Christian Marriages and Evangelical Church commitment have so much in common. They can be related to a lack of understanding of Covenant. Within the last 100 years Evangelicals have focused to much on how the church is distinct from Israel much of our understanding of Covenant […]
Is this world getting better or worse? The answer is not found in the simple and worldly “yes or no” but the kingdom reality of the “both and”. I cannot express with words how difficult this reality makes Pastoring as an evangelical because everyone has a side they want the Bible, the pastor, the Church […]
The entire biblical text and the reading below are meant to be read aloud in the company of friends and fellow believers, followed by discussion, confession, and prayer. Sunday Lectionary Gospel Reading: John 20:19-31 Peace be with you John 20:19–31 (NLT) 19 That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were […]
The entire biblical text and the reading below are meant to be read aloud in the company of friends and fellow believers, followed by discussion, confession, and prayer. Sunday Lectionary Gospel Reading: Mat. 21:1-11 ————- “Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, […]
I truly enjoyed the movie Noah by Darren Aronofsky. In light of some of the controversy or frustration regarding the movie I wanted to quickly share three things that I think Jesus would have probably recognized. Jesus probably would have recognized references to the early Jewish writings. Many important ancient second temple Jewish writings […]
1. THE GRACE AND HOLINESS OF GOD [KD p. 394; CD p. 351] God is He who in His Son Jesus Christ loves all His children, in His children all men, and in men His whole creation. God’s being is His loving. He is all that He is as the One who loves. All His […]
Welcome back to Wednesdays With Barth! (On Thursday) I hope you enjoyed some thought provoking reading this week! I know these are more devotional. The truth is I am not really smart enough to read Barth any other way! haha God’s being consists in the fact that He is the One who loves in freedom. […]
Welcome back to Wednesdays With Barth! I hope you enjoyed some thought provoking reading this week! I missed last week I was a busy pastor. THE LIMITS OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD: God is known only by God. We do not know Him, then, in virtue of the views and concepts with which in faith […]
Welcome back to Wednesdays With Barth! I hope you enjoyed some thought provoking reading this week! We are now on to book 2.1! Wow… Really? The new reading list is below.
I think God goes further than allowing Himself to be found. I think God wants to be found. (Wednesdays With Barth)
Welcome back to Wednesdays With Barth! I hope you enjoyed some reading this week! “If we are seekers of God, and to that extent lovers of God, this can be definitely and unequivocally proved and maintained of the children of God only by the one thing: that in all circumstances and in every connexion they […]
Technically this was finished on Wednesday (10:41 pm)! So I can still welcome you to Wednesday’s With Barth! #winning! Barth says… “In identifying with divinity a humanly conceived idea, one, that is, already belonging to man prior to, or even apart from, any revelation, it may set store by the man Jesus, but it may […]