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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!

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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Perfect: Is that All?

Bless me, reader(s), for I have sinned: it has been more than two months since my last blog post. I suspect that few of you are particularly upset by the long dearth of content – surely there are other places … Continue reading

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The M-Word

Prepare to be scandalized, fellow Liturgicals: My church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, but we don’t normally read the Psalm – just the Gospel and either the Old or New Testament reading designated for that week. In my opinion, two … Continue reading

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Truth or Duh

  What’s the difference between truth and fact? This question came up recently at my Bible Study group meeting, and it prompted an interesting discussion: one person put forward the idea that facts change, but the truth is constant. Another … Continue reading

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WTF Part 5: Harsh Jesus

Last time, we talked about some parables where Jesus seems naïve at first blush, but upon closer examination, the stories provide profoundly comforting messages about the generosity of God and the openness of the Kingdom of Heaven. If only all of Jesus’ … Continue reading

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WTF Part 4: Clueless Jesus

So far in this series, we’ve stuck with the Old Testament and its barbaric times and alarmingly vengeful depiction of God, but when it comes to WTFs, the OT ain’t got nuthin’ on the Parables of JC. In some of … Continue reading

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