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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  • Looking within and spiritual disciplines as we seek to love God – an interview by Chris Pullenayegem February 1, 2023
    I was recently interviewed by Chris Pullenayegem from the Vancouver School of Theology as a part of their Congregational Vitality Initiative. This podcast is a recording of that conversation. There’s also a YouTube version of our talk (link below). It’s aimed at people training for ministry, but I think our discussion is of interest to […]
  • When the world hates you because of your faith January 30, 2023
    Jesus said that the world would hate them. It would also persecute them. That’s serious stuff. But who is “the world”? What is the difference between hatred and persecution? When it comes to this topic, we need to caution against over-simplification and a sky-is-falling mentality. But we also need to take our changing situation seriously […]
  • Tarrying with a Lord you cannot see January 23, 2023
    Some topics get all the attention — like the apocalypse, loving our enemies, current social justice issues, or heaven and hell. “Abiding in Christ” isn’t usually on that list. And yet it is something Jesus tells us to do and which profoundly changes our lives for the better. When thinking about experiences from your childhood […]
  • The Holy Spirit within you is helping you January 16, 2023
    The Holy Spirit is God. And if you are a genuine disciple of Jesus, he actually lives inside of you. And not just only you. Since God is omnipresent, he lives within other disciples as well. You’re right. It’s mind-blowing. It’s also one of the most misunderstood or neglected aspects of our discipleship. A better […]
  • What do we really know about the historical Jesus, and how does that impact our faith? January 12, 2023
    Jesus is the centre of our faith. He came to give us life; but what was his like? What did he look like? What was it like growing up Nazareth? What was it like living under the oppressive rule of the Romans and even King Herod? Did he have a job before starting his ministry? […]
  • Beginnings, beginnings and yes, beginnings January 3, 2023
    Happy New Year! The Reverend Dr. Claude Cox led our service with a sermon titled ‘Beginnings, beginnings and yes, beginnings’. How appropriate! He has been the chaplain for many years at Grove Park Home for Senior Citizens and adjunct faculty at McMaster Divinity College—Old Testament and Hebrew, for almost as long. His wife Elaine, has […]
  • Realignment December 27, 2022
    Professor Michael Mangis writes: “The human heart is constantly tempted to live under the illusion that things are fine just the way they are.” But, of course, things are not fine just the way they are. Over the past few years, we’ve experienced a certain kind of trauma. It’s time for healing, and a key […]
  • A closer look at the nativity in Luke 2:1-20: politics, fear, subversion, war and hope December 20, 2022
    It’s one of the most famous stories ever told: The birth of Jesus. Shepherds, angels, and hostile Inn-keepers have appeared in thousands of Christmas pageants for hundreds of years. But when we hear something so much, we stop hearing it. Instead of paying more attention, we pay less. There was a man who lived right beside an airport. […]
  • “If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” Does Jesus give us a blank cheque in prayer? December 20, 2022
    In this brief look at John 14:13-14, Pastor Ruttan explains Jesus’s words and encourages us in faithful prayer.
  • Jenn Harris shares words of wisdom about faith in the midst of change December 13, 2022
    Audio excerpt from Jenn during service on Sunday, Dec. 11th, where Pastor Ruttan and congregation thanked Jenn for 12+ years of service as our Music Director.
  • Exclusive Inclusion – Is Jesus the only way? December 11, 2022
    For centuries, these words of Jesus have given comfort and clarity. They have also been the source of controversy: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Today, if someone thinks you’re being “exclusive” or “judgmental” you are automatically the bad guy. Don’t these […]
  • Jesus said He came to give us ‘Abundant Life’. What did he mean? December 7, 2022
    Is this Jesus’ version of “live your best life now”? Think bigger. Think life that is “abundant.” This podcast and blog distill Jesus’ use of the word “life” in John’s Gospel to two main ideas.
  • Desperate Times call for Loving Measures December 4, 2022
    They say that desperate times call for desperate measures. Think of the hail Mary pass toward the end of the football game, or the man in such poor financial shape that he thinks his only options is to rob a bank. Jesus lived in desperate times. It was a brutal world, and he was about […]
  • Downward Mobility November 30, 2022
    How would you define success? Is it accumulating money, influence, beauty or power? Well, of course not. We wouldn’t admit that — at least not out loud. There’s a phrase that people use: “the ladder of success.” Imaging climbing up that ladder, and then imagine climbing through a window at the top of that ladder. […]
  • Random Acts of Kindness November 21, 2022
    People and families in our church, our community and across the country are about to experience one of the most difficult financial climates in many years. Local organizations such as the Food Bank and Christmas Cheer as well as international charities such as World Vision and The Red Cross are already warning of empty shelves […]
  • Light Locations November 13, 2022
    The idea of “light” comes up a lot in the Bible, but not in a flick-the-switch kind of way. “Light” is a metaphor for the wisdom, guidance, goodness and blessing of God. Sounds nice. And it is. But Jesus also gives us a warning: “Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you.” That’s […]
  • Seeking serious answers to serious questions – Sermon November 7, 2022
    People are seeking. They’re seeking serious answers to serious questions. A child wonders if God sees the pain of other children in faraway countries. A wife lays beside her husband as he dies and wonders why love hurts so much. People all over the world wonder if God has a plan for their lives or […]
  • Costly, Whole-Hearted Devotion – Sermon November 1, 2022
    If you follow Jesus you are different. In 1961, 96% of people in our country identified as Christian. No longer. “No Religion” is now the second largest ‘religious’ category. And while you can’t read too much into what people tick on a census form, the fact remains that if you follow Jesus today, people will […]
  • Can we earn heaven? October 26, 2022
    This was one of the questions in a recent Q & A Forum at Westminster after worship. You can now listen to the answer in the latest episode of our podcast, The Word at Westminster. The full question was: Can we earn heaven? Matthew 7:21 unsettles me, can you explain?
  • Thom Rainer on the difference between church consumers and church members October 18, 2022
    It’s a new time – with challenges and opportunities. So we need to be honest about who we are in the body of Christ: consumers or members? This podcast is a talk with Thom Rainer, president of Church Answers and former CEO of LifeWay, and author of “11 signs you are becoming a church consumer […]