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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Seven Odd Things Every Solo Rural Pastor Needs in Their Back Pocket.

Seven Odd Things Every Solo Rural Pastor Needs in Their Back Pocket.

July 11, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

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? […]

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21 Things You Might Not Know About Your Pastor & Family.

21 Things You Might Not Know About Your Pastor & Family.

June 26, 2014 | By | 27 Comments

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 […]

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The Enigmatic, Inescapable and Loud Truth of Violence & Peace

The Enigmatic, Inescapable and Loud Truth of Violence & Peace

June 16, 2014 | By | 8 Comments

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 […]

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Are Evangelicals Creating A kingdom Built and Kept With Lies?

Are Evangelicals Creating A kingdom Built and Kept With Lies?

June 13, 2014 | By | 8 Comments

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 […]

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People don’t have porn problems. Sex has people problems.

People don’t have porn problems. Sex has people problems.

June 9, 2014 | By | 3 Comments

Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

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Do homosexuals have Moabitis?

Do homosexuals have Moabitis?

May 31, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

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. […]

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What is and isn’t a Church?

What is and isn’t a Church?

May 31, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

What makes the local visible church distinct, recognizable or different from say a para-church institution? In other words what are the marks of the local church? What is and isn’t a church?

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On Covenant, Marriage and the Purpose of the Church.

On Covenant, Marriage and the Purpose of the Church.

May 29, 2014 | By | 5 Comments

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 […]

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On Finding a Corner in a Round Room.

On Finding a Corner in a Round Room.

May 29, 2014 | By | 1 Comment

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 […]

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The Skeletons in Your Church Closet.

The Skeletons in Your Church Closet.

May 3, 2014 | By | 4 Comments

Let’s say two people are in your church.

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Sunday Gospel Reflection – John 20:19-31

Sunday Gospel Reflection – John 20:19-31

April 27, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

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 […]

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Sunday Gospel Reflection – Matthew 21:1-11

Sunday Gospel Reflection – Matthew 21:1-11

April 13, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

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, […]

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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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