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 or Stitcher.

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

Here are the most recent episodes:

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  • The Holy Spirit makes your spirit whole (Sermon) January 23, 2022
    We want to be whole-hearted, balanced and refreshed. And yet, many are feeling half-hearted, off-centred and tired! The Holy Spirit makes your spirit whole. This sermon on John 1:19-34 is a part of our journey through John’s Gospel and explores how Jesus, as the Lamb of God who baptizes with the Holy Spirit, works wholeness […]
  • Your Divine D.N.A. (Sermon) January 17, 2022
    We tend to downplay (or misunderstand) what it means to be adopted by God. It is actually a new special status of incomprehensible value that you do not have outside of faith in Christ. It gives us assurance through life and also invites life change in the grace and truth of Jesus. “Yet to all […]
  • Am I headed in the right direction? (Sermon) January 11, 2022
    God incarnate. Eternal life. Wisdom for now. Big topics are on the menu in what may be the most famous and influential document on earth. This sermon is Part 1 in a series on the Gospel of John. Pastor Ruttan provides an overview of this all-important book, takes us through the first five verses, and […]
  • Guard your heart (Sermon) January 2, 2022
    Although much is uncertain, God is certain. You’re less likely to get knocked off centre, if you’re properly centred. That’s why we need to “guard our hearts” in him (with vigilance). In this sermon by Pastor Ruttan on Proverbs 4:20-27 we look for some wisdom about doing just that.
  • Do Not Be Afraid (Sermon) January 1, 2022
    We are living in a time of upheaval, a stampede of fear. In this concise Christmas Eve message Pastor Ruttan looks at Luke 2: 8-14 and explains how fear retreats when Christ advances.
  • To beat back the darkness: A prayer for trying times (Dec 19, 2021) December 19, 2021
    Might this prayer be yours? This short episode is Pastor Ruttan’s pastoral prayer from the service on December 19, 2021.
  • The Christmas Story Re-Examined December 16, 2021
    What if you’ve never truly heard the story you’ve heard a hundred times? In this podcast episode Pastor Ruttan goes in-depth with Luke 2:1-20 and explores these ancient towns, the threat of scandal, political contexts, shadowy shepherds, and the meaning of a Saviour, Messiah and Lord. You can access the text version (with full footnotes […]
  • Hit the Light (Sermon) December 13, 2021
    Jesus is “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3). What does that mean, and how can we bask in the light of Jesus’ radiance? One thing is for sure: The right kind of light makes you see things you didn’t see […]
  • How to read the Bible as one unified story (Sermon) December 6, 2021
    In this sermon from December 5, 2021, Henna Kim (the church’s Small Groups and Home Church coordinator), shared a message based on Ezekiel 17:1-24. This explains the large, over-arching mega narrative of the Bible which is an encouragement for us to see how reading various Bible passages fit into that larger redemptive story of what […]
  • Anxiety in Children – a talk with Lyndsey Stevenato December 6, 2021
    We love our children. We don’t like anxiety. So how can we better understand anxiety in children, and how can we help those we love so dearly? In this episode of The Word at Westminster, Pastor Ruttan talks with Lyndsey Stevenato, an occupational therapist who is the owner and operator of Lyndsey Stevenato Children’s Therapy […]
  • Nurturing friendships with other Christians—and with Jesus – a talk with John Vissers November 30, 2021
    For this podcast, we’re going to listen in on an interview Pastor Ruttan had with John Vissers on The Pulse Podcast. It’s about nurturing friendships with others Christians, and even with Jesus himself. Before we share more specifics about the talk, here are a few more details about him. The Rev. Dr. John Vissers is […]
  • Trials can be trainers and teachers (Sermon) November 21, 2021
    How many of us can look back on something difficult from our past and see how that experience made us stronger or wiser? What if a current trial was actually God training you or teaching you to become more holy? What if it was discipline from someone who loves you and wants not lesser things […]
  • By Faith (The Rev. Dr. Richard Topping) November 14, 2021
    What do our spiritual ancestors have in common? They lived “by faith.” What does that mean, and how should we approach our lives “by faith” today? On November 14, 2021, the Rev. Dr. Richard Topping, the Principal of the Vancouver School of Theology, was our guest preacher and shared a message on this theme. It […]
  • Holier with thou (Sermon) November 7, 2021
    Holiness. It’s not really a popular topic. Saying we’re in the process of being made holy (or being made like Christ) can come across sounding superior, or that we’re better than we are. And yet, the Bible says Jesus people are “being made holy.” What does that mean? And, more specifically, what is the role […]
  • Read the Bible in 1 Year (2022) – a talk with teacher Henna Kim November 2, 2021
    In 2022 Henna Kim will be leading and teaching a group as they read through the Bible in 1 year. The program is called “The Kingdom of God in the Old and New Testaments.” In this interview with Pastor Ruttan she explains what it is and how it works. She also talks about why the […]
  • Your Soul Anchor (Sermon) October 31, 2021
    Let’s say you’re on a ship. Let’s say there is a storm coming. Let’s also say that there are times when staying in the harbour isn’t an option. Let’s say that this is one of those times — because it is! Ahoy, there is good news: “We have this hope as an anchor for the […]
  • Another Gospel? An interview with Alisa Childers about “Progressive” Christianity [originally from The Pulse Podcast] October 27, 2021
    Recently Pastor Ruttan had the privilege of interviewing Alisa Childers, best-selling author of the book, “Another Gospel? A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth in Response to Progressive Christianity.” The word “gospel” is from the Bible and means good news. It’s the big, game-changing good news of what God has done for us in Christ. And there’s […]
  • Caution Counsel Encouragement (Sermon) October 25, 2021
    Are you open to hearing from God for this specific chapter of your life? Do you need a word of caution, a word of counsel, or a word of encouragement? In this sermon on Hebrews 5:11 – 6:12, Pastor Ruttan takes us through the text and invites us to consider which word God might be […]
  • You go to who you know (Sermon) October 18, 2021
    When you’re in over your head, who do you go to? You go to someone you know personally, who is trustworthy, and who has a track record of being helpful. One of the reasons we don’t open up to God and invite him into our most desperate places is because, perhaps, we don’t truly know […]
  • What did Jesus mean when he said to store up treasure in heaven? October 15, 2021
    If we’re not supposed to store up “treasures on earth,” what does it mean to store up “treasures in heaven” (while we’re still on earth)? This episode and post by Pastor Ruttan looks to Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount for some answers. The original version of this podcast with text version and chapter and […]