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Church at the Mission, Yonge Street Mission
Toronto, *Province/Other M5A 2G7
416-929-9614

About Rev. Matthew
  • Education: I studied Jazz at Humber College in Toronto and I have a degree in music (classical flute performance) from Toronto’s York University. I also have a Masters of Theological Studies from Wycliffe College/Toronto School of Theology/University of Toronto.
  • Experience: I have been a pastor since 1994, serving first as Assistant Pastor at Church on the Street, a church planted for Street youth in Toronto, and then as Associate Pastor from 1996 to 2007 at Church at the Mission, a branch of Yonge Street Mission in downtown Toronto. Since 2007 I have served as the Lead Pastor/Director of Church at the Mission, The Yonge Street Mission.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: You are brave. I hope they are a blessing to you.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: The biggest influence on my life in terms of preaching was Rev. Dr. Winston Nunes who pastored in downtown Toronto until his death in 1999. As well, Dr. Rick Tobias, former President and CEO of Yonge Street Mission and current Mission Community Advocate, has had quite an impact on my understanding of Scripture as relates to ministry to the poor.
  • Family: I come from a long line of atheists and horse-thieves. Although raised an atheist, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour on the ides of March in the year of our Lord 1980. I am married to a beautiful and talented woman who I met at Yonge Street Mission in 1986, Barbara Parker. We have two remarkable children: Jared Lemuel Lewis born 1991 and Elia Margaret Ruth Parker, born 1993.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My parents, although atheist/agnostic, were always supportive of my ministry, I think in part because it is to the poor in the inner city. Although miffed by my worldview that differed so much from their own, they were quite remarkably invested in what I do. I miss them dearly.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Barbara is very supportive as is the congregation.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Preach Christ! Always ask the question when preparing a sermon: 1. What? 2. So What? 3. Now What? 1. What? What’s the issue. Demonstrate that there’s some value in staying awake for the sermon. 2. So what? How does this issue matter to the congregation. 3. Now What? If I’ve convinced you that the issue is important, that it is relevant, what clear direction can we now undertake to apply what we’ve learned.
  • Books that have had an impact: Tim Keller, C.S Lewis and Henri Nouwen have impacted my thinking most deeply in matters of faith and ministry.
  • Hobbies: I am a jazz musician, multi-instrumentalist (I'm always learning a new instrument) and avid spender of time with my wife.
  • What I want on my tombstone: I told you I was sick.
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Newest Sermons

  • Advent 2 - Peace

    Contributed on Dec 13, 2018
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    This message explores the advent theme of peace; peace rooted in the person of Jesus Christ.

    Sermon – Advent II – Peace in the Storm – December 9, 2018 Have you seen those Facebook relationship settings. You can say you’re: In a relationship, single, divorced, or it’s complicated. It’s interesting how social media has become a relationship tool. You may have seen things like this: ...read more

  • Jesus In The Old Testament: Jesus In Prophesy

    Contributed on Nov 26, 2018
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    The final of a four-part series on Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. This message explores a few of the key OT passages prophesying the coming of Christ in the Incarnation

    Jesus in the OT: Jesus in Prophecy - Sermon for CATM - November 25, 2018 So we’ve been looking in some depth at Jesus in the Old Testament - Jesus in Creation, Jesus in the Law and Jesus Incognito (His cloaked appearances or theophanies) and today we are looking at Jesus in Old Testament prophecy. ...read more

  • Jesus In The Old Testament: Jesus In The Law

    Contributed on Nov 11, 2018
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    This message explores Jesus' connection to the Old Testament, particularly in the laws of sacrifice and atonement, and how the Old Testament sacrificial system was necessary, pointing us the the long awaited Messiah who would be the Lamb of God sacrificed for the sins of the world.

    Jesus in the Old Testament - Jesus in the Law - November 11, 2018 Today we’re continuing part 2 of a 4-week series on Jesus in the Old Testament. Last week we looked at Jesus Christ in Creation, and today we’re looking at Jesus in the Law. Put up your hand if you want the world to live in peace? ...read more

  • Jesus In The Old Testament: Jesus In Creation

    Contributed on Nov 3, 2018
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    This message looks at the pre-incarnate Christ.

    Jesus in Creation - Finding Jesus in the Old Testament - Part 1 Intro Story: When I was young believer, I wasn’t really clear on who Jesus is. I had a sense that he was divine, that He had the power to forgive sins, and I believed that he had given his life for me, taken away my sins in order to ...read more

  • The Way Of Jesus - Marker # 7 - I Am Participating In A Community Of Followers Of Jesus On Mission In The World.

    Contributed on Oct 21, 2018
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    This is the last in a series on The Way of Jesus, a template for following in the steps of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ. This message focusses on the community of the beloved, the church, as it participates in the

    Way of Jesus Mark # 7 - October 21, 2018 This are notes, a detailed outline of this sermon. Intro: Did you ever win a participation award when you were young? When I was a boy they didn’t have those. They had these instead (meme of bruised arm) I think participation trophies started ...read more

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Newest Sermon Illustrations

  • What's Wrong With Slandering Someone?

    Contributed on Aug 29, 2014
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    I was speaking with someone this past week who has spent a great deal of his life travelling around the world, much of it for a mission agency. He spoke of a time when he visited an extremely remote, forested part of India where people live very primitively. He stayed there for a while. This fellow ...read more

  • Joy In The Midst Of Rough Waters

    Contributed on Feb 13, 2011
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    JOY IN THE MIDST OF ROUGH WATERS I’ve spent a fair bit of time in recent weeks doing funeral pre-planning for my parents. Making decisions about final disposition of the remains of people you have loved all your life is not any fun at all. It can be overwhelmingly sad. After spending hours ...read more

  • Then We Have The Symbol Of Being Under Water. I ...

    Contributed on May 23, 2010
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    Then we have the symbol of being under water. I tell some of the baptismal candidates when meeting with them ahead of time that once they are under the water, the congregation votes how long they should stay under water. The voting process ...read more

  • My Daughter Elia Has Given Me Permission To Tell ...

    Contributed on Jan 11, 2009
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    My daughter Elia has given me permission to tell this story. Elia faced a huge dilemma in high school when her best friends from junior high days started hanging out with a rough crowd, starting smoking and crossing all sorts of boundaries. In order to keep the friendships she would have to start ...read more

  • A Friend Of Mine Pastors In The Bloor West ...

    Contributed on Nov 2, 2008
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    A friend of mine pastors in the Bloor West village in Toronto and runs a "God at the Pub" where he holds open discussions on the Christian faith in a bar setting. He told me the other day that he has all sorts of people there who are not people of faith, but who have told him they want to model ...read more