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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  • 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.
  • 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) […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Your Input, God’s Output (Sermon) May 29, 2022
    Do you ever wonder if you can make a difference. I mean, a real difference? A lot of us doubt that we can. We certainly won’t make it into a history book or have a TV special made about us. But what if we’re thinking about it all wrong? The truth is, you can make […]
  • The key to weathering a storm (Sermon) May 22, 2022
    Storms happen. And lately, it seems that they keep getting windier. Well, the key to weathering a storm is who you’re weathering it with. In this sermon, Pastor Ruttan explores Jesus’ words in John 5:30-47 and the many different witnesses he cites to give his listeners increasing confidence that Jesus is in fact the Son […]
  • Can we really trust that Jesus said and did all that, or have the Gospels been distorted? May 18, 2022
    Do the Gospels accurately preserve what Jesus said and did? Haven’t they become distorted? How can we know with any confidence? In this podcast, Pastor Ruttan gives us 5 important points to consider. You can listen to the audio version here. You can also click here to see the text version with references.
  • Which Judge would you rather have? (Sermon) May 16, 2022
    People balk at having a Judge. But that doesn’t change the fact that we do. But let me ask you this: Would you rather have one Judge who is for you, or a hundred judges who are against you? Yeah, me too. This sermon has two parts. Part 1 explores why we can have confidence […]
  • Exhale (Sermon) May 9, 2022
    It’s a disorienting and tiring time. What if a confidence that a merciful and almighty God continues to work in and through it all helps you to centre and take the pressure off? It does and it can. In this sermon on John 5:1-18, Pastor Ruttan teaches about Jesus’ healing of an invalid of 38-years, […]
  • Hope Through Hardship – an Easter conversation with Jennifer Harris, Julie Cunha & Pastor Ruttan April 17, 2022
    On Easter morning at Westminster Church, Pastor Ruttan had a live conversation with Jennifer Harris (the Music Director) and Julie Cunha (the Youth Coordinator and Communications Coordinator). They reflected on the past two years and discussed hope through hardship. More specifically, they talked about unexpected difficulties and how God grows us or sustains us through […]
  • Still Lovable (Sermon) April 15, 2022
    You’ve got a list of mistakes longer than your arm. You’ve missed the mark (in both the past and present), engaged in secret sins, foibles you wish you could forget, and failures or misplaced priorities that have hurt both yourself and others. If you’re being honest you know that there have been times when you’ve […]
  • Fickle or Faithful (Sermon) April 10, 2022
    Crowds can be fickle. One day they’re yelling “Hosanna!” to Jesus and a few days later they’re crying “Crucify him!” If they weren’t yelling, they had already left him. Where are we in the mix? The people around us—and the society around us (“the crowds”)—tend to exert a big influence on how we think and […]
  • Apologetics and Defending Your Faith – a talk with Greg Koukl April 8, 2022
    Do you want to know how to explain (or defend) your faith with greater confidence and clarity? Join the club. This is an area called “apologetics.” Greg Koukl has written a helpful and insight book on the topic. In fact, it has sold more than 300,000 copies! It is called ‘Tactics: A Game Plan for […]
  • Hope is knowing and showing that better is coming (Sermon) April 4, 2022
    Our world is parched for hope. Here’s some context. Psychologist Daniel Goleman says we live in the ‘Age of Melancholy.’ Another psychologist, Martin Seligman, says we have heaped too much on the ‘self.’ Frank Furedi reports that for the first time since World War Two, parents expect that life for their kids will be worse […]
  • Saved from what? (And FOR what?) (Sermon) March 27, 2022
    Jesus is a Saviour. But what does he save us from? Well, a lot, actually. More than you might think. Plus, not only does he save us FROM something, but FOR something. When our understanding of “Saviour” is limited, we can fail (or neglect) to welcome him into our specific troubles. As a result, we […]
  • 5 words of wisdom from past generations—a talk with Claude Cox March 25, 2022
    They call it the information age. But to me, it often feels like we have too much data and too little wisdom. This episode is a talk with Claude Cox who has spent years with the elderly. Here, he shares some wisdom that has been passed on.
  • The kind of worshiper God wants (Sermon) March 20, 2022
    What do you seek? The weekend, a raise, new friends, losing 10 pounds? God actually seeks “true worshipers.” Are you among them? He seeks those who worship him “in the Spirit and in truth.” We worship God because God deserves it. But a less-discussed element of worship is one of it’s benefits: Sunday’s worship propels […]
  • Spiritual Warfare – a talk with Jon Thompson March 16, 2022
    Spiritual warfare. William Gurnall says that all Christians are in the battle whether they realize it or not, and that the war is so serious that it makes the cruelest battle between human armies seem like child’s play. -But what is spiritual warfare, anyway? -Why has it been neglected by some branches of Christianity in […]
  • The Endangered Recipe for Greatness (Sermon) March 13, 2022
    The world around us blasts us with messages about the importance of power, independence and control. But, ironically, humility is the recipe for greatness in the eyes of God. In the ever-relevant and counter-cultural words of John the Baptist, “[Jesus] must become greater; I must become less.” This sermon on John 3:22-26 takes us through […]