St. Clair Community Church Podcast



This is the official podcast of St. Clair Community Church in Hamilton, Ontario.


  • Recover Your Life: Scripture

    Recover Your Life: Scripture

    04/05/2020 Duration: 32min

    Recover Your Life: Scripture --- We are invited to know God and learn his ways through recognizing his voice in the words of Scripture. Reading from Deuteronomy 8, the final word Moses gives to his people, we are given the reminder to make God's words as essential to us as bread for our daily life. --- - Deuteronomy 4:5-7 - Deuteronomy 6:4-9 - Deuteronomy 8:1-18 - Psalm 1 - Psalm 119:9-16 --- “Spiritual theology, using Scripture as text, does not present us with a moral code and tell us ‘live up to this’; nor does it set out a system of doctrine and say, ‘Think like this and you will live well.’  The biblical way is to tell a story and in the telling invite: ‘Live into this - this is what it looks like to be human in this God-made and God-ruled world; this is what is involved in becoming and maturing as a human being.  We do violence to the biblical revelation when we ‘use’ for what we can get out of it or what we think will provide colour and spice to our otherwise bland lives’" - Eugene Peterson “When we

  • Recover Your Life: Prayer 

    Recover Your Life: Prayer 

    27/04/2020 Duration: 32min

    Recover Your Life: Prayer We know we “should” pray but does prayer make a difference? Prayer has always been central to the church and the life of Jesus but is often not seen as “doing anything”. Looking at the story of Moses is Exodus 3 we see that Prayer is about intimacy and Intercession. Gods work in the world always starts with God’s work in us and then moves out. Walter Wink says that “history belongs to the Intercessors”. Exodus 2:23-3:10 Luke 11:1-11 Acts 4:23-36 “Prayer is talking to God about what we are going to do together.” - Dallas Willard "The work God wants to do in the world always starts with the work God wants to do in you.” - Matt Pamplin (paraphrasing a bunch of cleverer people) Intercessory prayer is spiritual defiance of what is in the way of what God has promised. Intercession visualizes an alternative future to the one apparently fated by the momentum of current forces. Prayer infuses the air of a time yet to be into the suffocating atmosphere of the present. History belongs to th

  • Recover Your Life: Generosity

    Recover Your Life: Generosity

    20/04/2020 Duration: 33min

    At a time when the fear of not having enough could trap us into only be concerned with ourselves, generosity is all the more important.  Reading from 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, we look at the experience of the early church and how their generosity in times of need was a powerful expression of the gospel, a demonstration of the abundance of God, for us and for the life of the world. ... - 2 Corinthians 8 - 9 - Psalm 112 - 1 Timothy 6:17-19 ... "We read the Gospel as if we had no money, and we spend our money as if we know nothing of the Gospel." - John Haughey ... "I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give.  I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot d

  • Recover Your Life: Who Are You Looking For?

    Recover Your Life: Who Are You Looking For?

    14/04/2020 Duration: 33min

    The resurrection of Jesus changes everything. It is cosmic in nature but also deeply personal. We look at Mary’s encounter and how she is commissioned by Jesus to take good news to everyone. What does that mean for each of us? ... Despair is the death of our sense of surprise, the belief that nothing new can happen to us. We despair at that precise moment when, consciously or unconsciously, we say in resignation: “That is the way I am, that is the way things have always been for me, that is the way it will always be! I know what is possible! For me it is too late!” Once this has been said, we are in a tomb. Why is this despair? Why is it so dangerous? Because the resurrection is always, like it was the first time, a surprise, the totally unexpected, the impossible, that which defies all logic, the laws of nature, and the wisdom of common sense and convention. When we have every angle of reality so calculated and figured that we know all the possibilities, then nothing new can come along to surprise us. We hav

  • Recover Your Life: Hospitality

    Recover Your Life: Hospitality

    06/04/2020 Duration: 31min

    This week we are continuing our “recover your life" series looking at John 9:1-12. We looked at how to practise hospitality during Covid-19. In welcoming the stranger we may actually be welcoming Jesus.   ... Message Quotes:  ... "Jesus didn’t come to make us a christian he came to make us fully human." - Hans Rookmaker  ... “Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.” - Henri Nouwen  ... “Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” - Ellie Wiesel  ... God has taken on a disguise, a most unlikely disguise of the stranger, the poor, the hungry, the prisoner, the sick, the ragged ones of the earth. “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me. If we cannot detect God’

  • Recover Your Life: Sabbath

    Recover Your Life: Sabbath

    31/03/2020 Duration: 29min

    Dave Arnold speaks on Sabbath and the opportunity our new reality holds for us to enter in the presence of God in this practice.

  • Lent: Peace  Presence in a Time of Uncertainty

    Lent: Peace & Presence in a Time of Uncertainty

    25/03/2020 Duration: 40min

    In light of the global pandemic, Matt Pamplin speaks from Philippians 4:4-9 and encourages us to be a people of peace, connected to the Presence of God.

  • Lent: What is Prayer?

    Lent: What is Prayer?

    14/03/2020 Duration: 30min

    Andy Groen speaks on Psalm 139 and tackles the question, "What is prayer?"

  • A Short Reflection on COVID-19

    A Short Reflection on COVID-19

    14/03/2020 Duration: 13min

    Dave Arnold speaks about the season our world is in and the way we as a Church can respond.

  • Lent: Praying Through the Psalms

    Lent: Praying Through the Psalms

    12/03/2020 Duration: 21min

    Dave Arnold speaks about how the Psalms can be used in prayer and what we can learn about prayer from the Psalms.

  • Lent: Praying The Lords Prayer

    Lent: Praying The Lord's Prayer

    02/03/2020 Duration: 29min

    Dave McGhee speaks on how to pray the Lord's Prayer.

  • Sermon on the Mount: Lust

    Sermon on the Mount: Lust

    24/02/2020 Duration: 33min

    Dave Arnold & Matt Pamplin unpack the words of Christ from Matthew 5:27-30 regarding lust.

  • Further Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount

    Further Reflections on the Sermon on the Mount

    19/02/2020 Duration: 01h35min

    Matt Pamplin, Dave Arnold and Andrew Klumpenhouwer talk through the entirety of the Sermon on the Mount.  The discussion gives perspective on how our kids have been learning from Jesus teachings and highlights specifically the passages in Matthew 5-7 that haven't been mentioned in our Sunday gatherings.

  • St Clair Family Update

    St Clair Family Update

    10/02/2020 Duration: 34min

    The Leadership Team communicates brief updates concerning our transition to Ryerson, the 2019/2020 financial years, and other developments.  There will be a Family Meeting in the future, which will go into more detail all of these developments.  For questions, clarifications, and/or feedback, please email the Leadership Team at

  • Sermon on the Mount: Anger, Forgiveness  the Way of Jesus

    Sermon on the Mount: Anger, Forgiveness & the Way of Jesus

    10/02/2020 Duration: 28min

    Matt Pamplin speaks on the impact anger has on a community and encourages us to live the way of Jesus, with an earnest search for family reconciliation.  He speaks from Matthew 5:21-26.

  • Sermon on the Mount: Do Not Worry

    Sermon on the Mount: Do Not Worry

    03/02/2020 Duration: 25min

    Dave Arnold encourages us to live the way of Jesus with a non-anxious presence, demonstrating grace, trust, patience, and contentment.  He speaks from Matthew 6:25-34.

  • Sermon on the Mount: Love Your Enemies

    Sermon on the Mount: Love Your Enemies

    27/01/2020 Duration: 30min

    Matt Pamplin speaks on expanding our borders of love and being people who are known for loving our enemies.

  • Sermon on the Mount: Treasures in Heaven

    Sermon on the Mount: Treasures in Heaven

    20/01/2020 Duration: 30min

    Dave Arnold speaks about our stewardship and God's abundance from Matthew 6:19-24.

  • Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes

    Sermon on the Mount: The Beatitudes

    12/01/2020 Duration: 26min

    Matt Pamplin speaks on Matthew 5:1-12 (the Beatitudes) and how we can keep Jesus' words in mind when living our lives in today's culture.

  • Humility: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

    Humility: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

    06/01/2020 Duration: 36min

    Matt Pamplin speaks about humility and how we can live a life more like Christ in light of the story found in John 4:1-30.

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