The Word At Westminster

Welcome to our (new!) podcast called The Word at Westminster. It’s all about learning and living God’s word.

It includes talks, studies, interviews, sermons and more from Westminster Church in Barrie, Canada.

You can listen and subscribe wherever you enjoy podcasts: iTunes (Apple), Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Amazon Music or Audible.

We’d like to thank Kristin Stouffer for the logo design!

Here are the most recent episodes:

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  • The Shepherd’s Voice – a Bible reading & prayer September 26, 2022
    Start your day right. Here is Ben Ruttan reading the Bible reading from the service on September 25, 2022, and Pastor Ruttan leading us in our opening prayer based on that same Bible passage.
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  • Living an abundant life (Sermon) September 25, 2022
    “Live your best life now!” That’s a fairly popular modern slogan. In fact, Jesus said something that (some people think) sounds kind of similar: “I came that they have may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). His words suggest that life itself isn’t necessarily abundant. Something else needs to be present for it […]
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  • Getting to know Kristin Stouffer September 22, 2022
    In this episode Pastor Ruttan interviews our new Communications Coordinator Kristin Stouffer. This will help you get to know her a bit better, and also learn more about her role. We are so excited to have her on board! The books Kristin referenced are: “If You Will Ask” by Oswald Chambers, and “Christian heroes: Then […]
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  • What God can do through you is greater [Sermon] September 18, 2022
    A national poll asked: “If you could ask God only one question and you knew he would give you an answer, what would you ask?” The most popular response was this: “Why is there pain and suffering in the world?” Some people think it’s punishment for sin. They wonder if they’ve done something to deserve […]
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  • “Lead us not into temptation.” Would God lead us into temptation, so that we need to ask him not to? September 15, 2022
    Every four months we hold sometimes have something called the Q and A Forum. People submit questions ahead of time, and after a worship service Pastor Ruttan provides an answer. This was originally recorded live on June 12, 2022. The question is: “In the Lord’s Prayer, it says: ‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us […]
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  • My Captain, My Ship (Sermon) September 12, 2022
    You’re about to go through a storm. But you can choose which ship to sail in. The captain in boat number one isn’t very experienced. But the captain in boat number two has an incredible track record. In fact, he’s successfully navigated every single storm, ever. Which captain are you going to choose? In John […]
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  • The Truth Makes Your Life Better (Sermon) September 4, 2022
    Jesus calls the Devil the “father of lies.” Those are weighty words! How seriously do we take the battle between truth and deception? If you think your life is a playground when it’s really a battleground you’re going to get caught off guard time and time again. Fact is, truth makes your life better. God […]
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  • Michelle Boston explains our Small Groups September 1, 2022
    At Westminster, our small groups are called Vine Groups. In this short episode, Pastor Ruttan introduces Michelle Boston who will be coordinating these groups beginning in September 2022! Michelle talks about how she got involved, what to expect, and provides some background for those who want to learn more. Our autumn session for 2022 begins […]
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  • Freed to serve (Sermon) August 8, 2022
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  • Follow the Light [Sermon] July 31, 2022
    Do you feel surrounded by uncertainty, darkness and danger? So did the ancient Hebrews. To you Jesus says: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Yes, it’s inspiring. There’s also more in that statement than meets the eye — including […]
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  • Can you explain the difference between a secular worldview and a biblical worldview? July 28, 2022
    Every four months we have something called the Q and A Forum. People submit questions ahead of time, and after a worship service Pastor Ruttan provides an answer. This instalment was originally recorded on June 12, 2022. Here is the question: “Can you explain the differences between a secular worldview and a biblical world view? […]
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  • Grace opens doors (Sermon) July 24, 2022
    People are hungry for grace. But grace is one of those things we can take for granted. So what is it, and what does it do to us and through us? The woman caught in adultery is a famous story from John’s Gospel, as is this famous line: “Let any one of you who is […]
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  • In a new and uncertain era, what is our stronghold and purpose? (Sermon) July 18, 2022
    Mark Sayers makes the case that we are at the start of a new era. When you look back on human history you can see how one era gives way to another. The early 1500’s was the start of a new era; so was the industrial revolution. Sayers says that we are in the midst […]
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  • The H.A.L.O. Response (Sermon) July 11, 2022
    Jesus said “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment” (John 7:24). We know to not judge by appearances. We might struggle with it sometimes, but we know it makes sense. Never judge a book by it’s cover, right? But the second half of his statement is a bit trickier. What does it […]
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  • Suffering from small thoughts about God no more (Sermon) July 3, 2022
    Max Lucado said: “Most people suffer from small thoughts about God.” In other words, when we underestimate the sovereignty, wisdom, love and power of God, we do ourselves a radical disservice. The world has a lot of problems. Your life has challenges to. But what is puzzling to you is a puzzle piece to God. […]
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  • What Good Fathers Teach Us (Sermon, Jeff Walther) June 20, 2022
    On June 19, 2022 the Father’s Day sermon was shared by Jeff Walther while Pastor Ruttan was away. He shares a series of insights about what good fathers teach us.
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  • Q & A Forum (June 12, 2022) June 20, 2022
    In this episode, Pastor Ruttan answers the following three questions after a quarterly feature after worship called the Q and A Forum: 1) “In the Lord’s Prayer, it says: ‘Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’ Would God lead us into temptation, so that we need to ask him not to?” 2) […]
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  • Your soul has an appetite (Sermon) June 13, 2022
    Jesus said that “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you” (John 6:53). Yikes! That caused many disciples to turn back from following him. But he was speaking metaphorically about the fact that he is the “bread of life” (verse 35). If we […]
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  • Uncertainty is an Opportunity (Sermon) June 5, 2022
    Not only are there uncertainties and fears in life, but we live in a time when they are broadcasted into our ears and brains from around the world 24/7. So what if we thought about uncertainty as an opportunity? This sermon is a part of our journey through the Gospel of John and explores John […]
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  • Serious, self-sacrificial evangelism – a talk with Will Han June 2, 2022
    Evangelism is sharing the good news (the “gospel”) about Jesus. Jesus tells us to do it. It’s important. It’s for the clear benefit of others. But at the same time, can be challenging, intimidating, and even scary! In January 2020, Will Han was invited to speak to the Presbytery of Barrie at Westminster Church about […]
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