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About robpetkau

Communications professional by day, amateur musician by night, worship leader (at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Calgary) on weekends and aspiring Bible teacher in my dreams. Grateful husband to the woman who completes me. Doing-the-best-I-can dad to the son and daughter who keep me on my toes. Striving disciple of the GodMan who came, taught and died for me. Thanks for stopping by!

Circles and Rows

Good things happen when we’re seated in rows, but real church happens when we’re seated in circles. That’s a paraphrase of something megachurch pastor Andy Stanley said in a sermon a few weeks ago, and I’ve been flogging that message at … Continue reading

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The Right Time to Do the Right Thing

The other day, I had to pop into my local supermarket to pick up a prescription. As I walked toward the front door, I noticed a man sitting on the sidewalk, holding a cardboard sign asking for money. Until a … Continue reading

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For How Long?

Am I the only one who thinks Acts 2:42-47 is a bit of a crock? They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders … Continue reading

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TGIF

Thank God It’s Friday! It’s funny how often we say that phrase and its famous acronym on the other 51 Fridays of the year, and how rarely we apply it to today, the Friday for which we ought to be … Continue reading

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Seven

Seven is a number that seems to pop up a lot in the Bible. And according to George Costanza, it’s also a great name for a baby…   SUSAN: It’s not a name. It’s a number. GEORGE: I know. It’s … Continue reading

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A Lot of Trouble

Aside from Jesus, which biblical character do you think of when you hear the word ‘obedient’? Plenty of names probably come to mind, but I’m fairly certain that near the top of this list for most people is an Old … Continue reading

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The H-Word

Get your hallelujahs out while you can, folks: Lent is almost upon us. In the Anglican Church, and probably in some other liturgical denominations, we conclude many of our services with the phrase, ‘Thanks be to God. Alleluia!’ But for … Continue reading

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