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).

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Sunday Lectionary Gospel Homily – Matthew 21:1-11

Sunday Lectionary Gospel Homily – Matthew 21:1-11

April 13, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

“Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says […]

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3 things Jesus Would Have Probably Recognized In the Movie Noah.

3 things Jesus Would Have Probably Recognized In the Movie Noah.

April 12, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

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 […]

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The Fear and Control of god by Man

The Fear and Control of god by Man

April 10, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

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 […]

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“He is the One who loves in freedom”

“He is the One who loves in freedom”

March 20, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

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. […]

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Knowing God vs Knowing about God

Knowing God vs Knowing about God

March 12, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

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 […]

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All Is Faith.

All Is Faith.

February 26, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Welcome back to Wednesdays With Barth! I hope you enjoyed some thought provoking reading this week!

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“The one Church is both the hearing and the teaching Church.”

“The one Church is both the hearing and the teaching Church.”

February 19, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

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.

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Preaching from the word without the Word.

Preaching from the word without the Word.

February 12, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Welcome back to Wednesdays With Barth! I hope you enjoyed some thought provoking reading this week! Wow we flew through that book! I will have a new reading schedule up for us ASAP.

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“The Word of God in the sign of the word of man.”

“The Word of God in the sign of the word of man.”

January 29, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Welcome back to Wednesdays With Barth! I hope you enjoyed some thought provoking reading this week! We are cruising through book 1.2!

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I think God goes further than allowing Himself to be found. I think God wants to be found. (Wednesdays With Barth)

I think God goes further than allowing Himself to be found. I think God wants to be found. (Wednesdays With Barth)

January 23, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

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 […]

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An Alphabetized Bible?

An Alphabetized Bible?

January 15, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Welcome back to Wednesdays With Barth! I hope you enjoyed some reading this week! 

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Is the center of the bible really Jesus?

Is the center of the bible really Jesus?

January 8, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Welcome back to Wednesdays With Barth! I hope you enjoyed some reading this week! I am really chewing on these portions of my reading this week (below). Help me out.

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Preparing for & Identifying with Jesus in a way that may do without him…

Preparing for & Identifying with Jesus in a way that may do without him…

January 2, 2014 | By | 2 Comments

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 […]

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Our new reading list for Church Dogmatics Book I.2.

Our new reading list for Church Dogmatics Book I.2.

December 27, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Our new reading list for  Wednesday’s With Barth . Church Dogmatics Book I.2 in 7 weeks.  Dates in bold represent posting/discussion days.

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Wednesdays With Barth (Book I.1 pages 355-453)

Wednesdays With Barth (Book I.1 pages 355-453)

December 25, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

It’s Christmas around here in our home and it has been for the last 25 days. If you’re a pastor you understand what I mean. Our little family advent calendar has a different family activity for us to do together everyday. Last night our “25 days of Advent” activity was to sleep under the Christmas […]

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Wednesdays With Barth (Book I.1 pages 247-354)

Wednesdays With Barth (Book I.1 pages 247-354)

December 18, 2013 | By | 2 Comments

Welcome to week four of Wednesday’s With Barth! We decided that my posts would be more reader friendly if I posted something shorter with a little bit more of what I thought about what I read. That scares me to death but I will try! I am not a scholar and Barth says some stuff […]

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Wednesdays With Barth (Book I.1 pages 148-246)

Wednesdays With Barth (Book I.1 pages 148-246)

December 11, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Welcome to week three of Wednesday’s With Barth! Well that was some great reading. I have condensed what I enjoyed most from my reading this week and placed it below with questions for you to interact with if you so choose. Feel free to add what you enjoyed in the comments below as well. I […]

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Bringing Christ to Abused Women.

Bringing Christ to Abused Women.

December 10, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

As a pastor I am overwhelmed by the struggles that women go through when it comes to abuse. I have asked God many times “What do I do?”.  A pastor who goes through 6 or 7 years of theological training will not be prepared for the issues of abuse involved in the pastoral ministry. You […]

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Wednesdays With Barth (Book I.1 pages 45-147)

Wednesdays With Barth (Book I.1 pages 45-147)

December 4, 2013 | By | 1 Comment

Welcome to week two of Wednesday’s With Barth! Here is some of what I really enjoyed from my reading of pages 45-147. What about you?  I have some questions for discussion at the bottom. I would love to hear your thoughts. Chapter One: THE WORD OF GOD AS THE CRITERION OF DOGMATICS. Barth opens with… […]

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The New Growth Press “Mini Book” Review Series Begins Next Week.

The New Growth Press “Mini Book” Review Series Begins Next Week.

December 2, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

As a pastor I love the Mini Book collection that New Growth Press has put together! I want to interact a bit with some of the theological conclusions and advice these Mini Books posit. I believe these are  tremendous tools for the pastor and the local church. Most of the books are about 24 pages […]

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Tonight two Mormon women came to my door…

Tonight two Mormon women came to my door…

November 27, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Tonight two Mormon women came to my door. I set up a time to meet with them at 3:30 next Wednesday. They gave me a book to read called The Restoration Of The Gospel of Jesus Christ. After giving me a book of Mormon they asked if I would be willing to read the little […]

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Wednesdays With Barth (Book I.1 pages V-44)

Wednesdays With Barth (Book I.1 pages V-44)

November 27, 2013 | By | 4 Comments

Welcome to week one of Wednesday’s With Barth! I hope you were blessed by what you read. Below I have placed what I found to be rather significant from my reading this week. I have some comments but for the most part I am still taking so much in. I love how Barth understands that […]

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Karl Bart Church Dogmatics Reading and Posting Schedual (Book I.1)

Karl Bart Church Dogmatics Reading and Posting Schedual (Book I.1)

November 26, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Book I.1: The Word of God as the Criterion of Dogmatics; The Revelation of God *Post and Discussion Day on the blog.

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Clergy Housing Exemption unconstiutional?

Clergy Housing Exemption unconstiutional?

November 25, 2013 | By | 1 Comment

Three great articles on the “Clergy Housing Exemption” issue… The Gospel Coalition Thom Rainer Internet Monk Thoughts?

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Being a pastor is not hard. It’s very easy. You’re just lazy.

Being a pastor is not hard. It’s very easy. You’re just lazy.

November 25, 2013 | By | 8 Comments

I am interested in your thoughts concerning this article by Mike Niebauer at The Gospel Coalition and the comments that follow. In light of 1 Timothy 5:17-18, what do you think of Paul’s use of the word labor in regards to ministry of teaching and preaching? Is it legit? Labor: κοπιάωa; κόποςa, ου m: to […]

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