Garth's church

The Bethany Group-Bethany Meadows
Camrose *Province/Other , T4V 4Y6

About Garth
  • Education: B.A., University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon M.Div., Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon Four quarters (units) of Clinical Pastoral Education: one quarter (unit) at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, and three quarters (units) at the Peter Loughheed Hospital and Foothills Hospital in Calgary.
  • Experience: Presently in my 32nd year of ordained ministry within the Evangelical Lutheran Church In Canada.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: My hope and prayer is that these sermons would, by God’s grace, inspire and strengthen faith and draw folks closer to Christ.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Too numerous to mention.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: On loving your enemy: On October 20, 1958 the Great Chamber of the Supreme Court in Warsaw opened proceedings against Nazi District Commander Erich Koch. The accused was brought forth from the Warsaw prison. Koch declared on the first day of trial, "If I am still living, it is thanks solely to a great woman, the prison physician, Dr. Kaminska" [Dr. Kaminska is Jewish]. From: Pinchas Lapide, The Sermon On The Mount: Utopia or Program For Action (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1986), p. 91.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Appreciates them.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Much wise advice from several of my seminary professors, however one of my favourite quotes attributed to John Stott is: "A sermon should afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted."
  • Books that have had an impact: Too numerous to mention.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Jesus loves you/me/us/the world this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: In the midst of a sermon, a visitor exited a fire escape door and set off the alarm.
  • What I want on my tombstone: A forgiven sinner saved by grace.
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