Posts by McCready, Mark

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Welcome Back and COVID 19 Update

by McCready, Mark

So much has happened in the past few weeks as a result of COVID19.  That leaves many questions to be answered.   We hope that the following FAQ will be of some help. 1. Is Alma Bible Church open for Sunday morning worship ‘in person’? 2. Should I participate ‘in person’ or ‘online’? 3. What will […]

The Problem With Pickles – Unmet Expectations

by McCready, Mark

Did you know that when you go into McDonald’s that you can custom order your burger? McDonald’s is one of a few favorites for my girls. For a long time I would order the Quarter Pounder with cheese meal. When I would sit down, I would then open up the burger and proceed to remove […]

Coronavirus – June 04, 2020 Update

by McCready, Mark

The Province of Ontario has again extended the ‘State Of Emergency’ to June 30. PLEASE BE SURE TO FOLLOW AS BEST YOU CAN THE INSTRUCTIONS/GUIDELINES THAT YOUR LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE PUBLISHED. To do our part, Alma Bible Church has cancelled ALL church events or moved them online.  In addition, the church building is […]

Coronavirus – May 27, 2020 Update

by McCready, Mark

The Province of Ontario has again extended the ‘State Of Emergency’.  This time to June 9. PLEASE BE SURE TO FOLLOW AS BEST YOU CAN THE INSTRUCTIONS/GUIDELINES THAT YOUR LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE PUBLISHED. To do our part, Alma Bible Church has cancelled ALL church events or moved them online.  In addition, the church […]

Review Of “The Peacemaker” by Ken Sande

by McCready, Mark

Going back almost 20 years while I was in seminary, I was asked to read a book titled “The Peacemaker” by Ken Sande. At first I was very skeptical. I had seen and heard a lot of formulas on relationships that seemed to me to be rather shallow or trite. While I read this book […]

Annual Business Meeting

by McCready, Mark

Alma Bible Church has been granted permission by the federal government to postpone its business meeting to no later than the end of the year 2020. Full details: When the Province of Ontario implemented the state of emergency, the Elders of Alma Bible Church were left with a number of decisions to make. One of […]

Coronavirus – May 12, 2020 Update

by McCready, Mark

The Province of Ontario has extended the ‘State Of Emergency’ to June 2. PLEASE BE SURE TO FOLLOW AS BEST YOU CAN THE INSTRUCTIONS/GUIDELINES THAT YOUR LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE PUBLISHED. To do our part, Alma Bible Church has cancelled ALL church events or moved them online.  In addition, the church building is closed […]

Conflict In Close Quarters

by McCready, Mark

Very early on in this pandemic, I was reading an article that suggested that a year from now, we will either see a spike in the divorce rate, or a spike in new births.  That kind of thinking says a lot.  On the one hand, if you have a great relationship with your spouse, having […]

Raising the bar

by McCready, Mark

I have been reading a biography of Martin Luther over the past couple of weeks. Luther was quite blunt in his correspondence and conversation with others. The author of the biography, Eric Metaxas, makes reference to Luther as having a “tremendously direct and undiplomatic German fashion”. He also quotes Luther at some points using some […]

Is COVID-19 God’s judgment on a sinful people?

by McCready, Mark

Right after “September 11” of 2001, a number of preachers came out and seemed to imply that the terrorist attacks were God’s judgment for the sins of America.   Again, the same thing happened following Hurricane Katrina, when it hit land in New Orleans. It seems that whenever some national tragedy occurs, there is an element […]