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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  • Fearing God first (Sermon) June 24, 2024
    What gives someone courage? Are people “born with it”? Or do they obtain it somehow? Some people have an exceptional experience that makes them feel invincible. Others build up what we might call “courage muscle” by repeatedly doing the right thing in difficult circumstances. But then there’s a third factor. And it’s open to anyone […]
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  • Deconstructing Christianity? – A talk with Tim Barnett June 19, 2024
    “Deconstruction.” It’s trending. It’s a word that is used when people radically re-think, re-shape, or sometimes even walk away from their faith. It’s not necessarily the same as having doubts. Having doubts is normal from time to time. This, however, is something different. It is an organized movement to undermine many of the beliefs of […]
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  • You can only have harmony if you’re singing the same song (Sermon) June 17, 2024
    Let’s say two people want to sing in harmony. Person 1 starts with the melody and then Person 2… sings a totally different song! Obviously, it’s not going to work. But if both people are on the same page, wonderful things happen! To state the obvious, you can only have harmony if you’re singing the […]
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  • Dr. James Watson answers questions about the church as an invitational community June 4, 2024
    In this special podcast, Pastor Ruttan and Pastor Alton Ruff interview Dr. James Watson about the church as an Invitational Community. Have you ever wondered how people experience a church when visiting for the first time? This interview includes questions that were submitted by individuals after a talk Dr. Watson gave to the Presbytery of […]
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  • ‘I can smell the hands of fishermen’ (Sermon) June 2, 2024
    Over the past many centuries, the followers of Jesus have been through a lot of ups and downs. Over time we can lose (a) our sense of connection to those who have gone before, and (b) focus. Standing before the crowds, Jesus taught the now-famous Parable of the Sower. In it he provides a collective […]
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  • 10 Popular Things Jesus Said May 29, 2024
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  • See and Live (Sermon) May 26, 2024
    A sermon from service on May 26, 2024 by William Min, our Coordinator of Youth & Outreach. He focused on drawing from the story of the bronze snake in Numbers (21:4-9) and John 3:7-15 with the key verses being v14-15 “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son […]
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  • How does the peace of Christ rule in our hearts? (Sermon) May 20, 2024
    “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…” Have you ever paused to really think through what that means? It sounds like a very, very good thing. But what specifically is “the peace of Christ”? What about the reference to our “hearts”? (Clearly, Paul wasn’t talking about a blood-pumping muscle). And how can […]
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  • Satelite Gatherings – A talk with William Min May 14, 2024
    Recently William Min hosted an info session after worship on our new Satellite Gatherings initiative. To help spread the word, and to assist people who might be wondering if this is something they want to be a part of, William shares the main thrust of the initiative. Pastor Ruttan also joins him to ask a […]
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  • Introducing The Intel Report – The Anxious Generation (No. 1) May 14, 2024
    Welcome to a new feature at Westminster, called “The Intel Report – Briefings from the Front to Equip Today’s Disciple.” Podcast link below, or click here to read the full Blog Post. Pastor Ruttan shares the first episode and explains the goal and intent of this new feature.
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  • Mesus, McJesus, and the rise of Fear (Sermon) May 13, 2024
    “Mesus” is a temptation for all of us; it’s self-projection. “McJesus” is consumerism gone bad, even with our faith–picking and choosing beliefs, even drawing from other religions. When these things happen, fear and anxiety can increase. They love a vacuum. They grow bigger and bigger as the Lordship of Jesus gets smaller and smaller. This […]
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  • Something Still Seems “Off”—Sarah Joy Covey on Life After the Pandemic May 8, 2024
    Something still seems “off.” I’ve sensed it. Have you? Maybe not for everyone, but for more people than you realize. I’m talking about life after the pandemic. “It’s over, but I don’t feel the same.”“Life is moving on, but I sometimes don’t feel very well.”“I’m not sure why, but I’m angry.”“I’m worried about my kids.”“I […]
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  • God meets you where you’re at (Sermon) May 7, 2024
    Johnny Cash was down and almost out in Nickajack cave when God came tohim personally. Saul was headed to Damascus to persecute Christians whenGod came to him personally. This tells us something. In the words of anold saying, “God meets you where you’re at, not where you should be at.” It was true for the […]
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  • “Are the Old Testament laws still relevant to Christians?” May 2, 2024
    In this podcast and blog I answer a question in a Q & A Forum about whether or not the Old Testament laws are still relevant for Christians. You can read the full blog post here or listen to the podcast below.
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  • The Supremacy, Sufficiency and Security of Christ (Sermon) April 28, 2024
    The supremacy of Jesus sounds like a lofty idea. It might even sound like playground posturing: ‘My brother is bigger and stronger than your brother…’ But when Paul explains it to the Colossians it’s because (a) it’s true, (b) he cares about them, and (c) their mixed-up thinking is resulting in mixed-up living. When we […]
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  • Four Signs of Spiritual Maturity April 25, 2024
    As promised, here is a more in-depth look at the four signs of spiritual maturity mentioned in the sermon from April 21, 2024. Maturity is meant to be shared. What if God had given someone you know—and perhaps even you—a measure of maturity which would help others who are also walking along the narrow path?”
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  • What happens to babies when they die? [Q & A Forum] April 23, 2024
    In this podcast Pastor Ruttan answers a question submitted to the Q and A Forum.
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  • What people on the narrow path need (Sermon) April 21, 2024
    They knew Jesus, but were swerving off course. That’s when a wiser, more mature Christian stepped in to help. This sermon is Part 1 in a new teaching series on the book of Colossians. They were a new community of faith–about 10 years old. They were doing good things, but were also losing focus. And […]
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  • Firm Faith in the Resurrection [Series Summary] April 19, 2024
    Welcome. This podcast and post is called “Firm Faith in the Resurrection.” It is a summary of a two-part Sunday series called “Did the resurrection really happen? Explaining and defending our foundational belief.” It includes a lot of the content from the two sermons, plus a bit of extra background information. If you prefer to […]
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  • Did the resurrection really happen? (Part 2) Explaining and defending our foundational belief (Sermon) April 14, 2024
    Our faith seems to be increasingly under attack by the society around us. It’s gone from gentle skepticism to more aggressive criticism. In this context, are you able to humbly yet confidently explain or defend the resurrection of Christ? This sermon is Part 2 of a 2-part mini-series on the resurrection. In Part 1 we […]
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