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Marty Shoub

We enjoyed hearing Marty Shoub preach today at St Simon’s North Vancouver on Jeremiah’s Heartfelt New Covenant from Jeremiah 31:31-34. Click to watch his message on Facebook Live .


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A Life Remembered: Billy Graham

Trace Billy Graham’s unexpected journey from a North Carolina farm to the largest arenas and stadiums in the world. https://billygraham.org/?p=60942&sharer=1 #BillyGraham

You will enjoy this delightful new 30-minute video remembering Billy Graham’s life and impact.


This video weaves in excerpts of Billy’s life that many of us have never before seen.  My late mother Lorna gave her life to Christ at a 1985 Billy Graham Crusade in Vancouver, BC.


Having gone home to heaven before Billy did, I am sure that my mother, with countless others, would have been excited to welcome Billy into heaven.  Many of us have Billy Graham stories, perhaps of attending a crusade, or of a relative or friend that met the Lord Jesus through Billy Graham’s ministry.

Feel free to share your Billy Graham story in the comments section to this posting.  You are also encouraged to repost this video and help send it viral as it contains the life-changing gospel. I am trusting that many will enter the Kingdom or return to the Lord after watching this 30-minute presentation.  Do you know any friends, family, neighbours or co-workers who needs Christ and might benefit from watching this video?


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Lifting Up Jesus in the Wilderness

Rev Dr Ed Hird preaching a Facebook Live message on March 11th from Numbers 17 “Lifting Up JESUS in the Desert”. Why does Jesus compare himself to a snake lifted up in the desert? In what way did Jesus who knew no sin become sin for us on the cross?

St Simon’s meets at Maplewood School, 420 Seymour River Place, by Maplewood Farms. You are invited to repost. Our mailing address is 114-1151 Mount Seymour Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7H 2Y4 If you enjoyed this message, you can support the work of St. Simon’s ministry & mission by clicking on the following link.


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Getting Closer to God this Summer

Sign up today to learn more about the exciting spiritual retreat this July at Trinity Western University where you can get closer to God. The BC Christian Ashram retreat will be hosting two dynamic speakers: Revs Gordon Ross and Russell Chadwick.


Pastor Gordon Ross from Whitby, Ontario has deep roots in the Christian Ashram Movement. He was the founding director of the Atlantic Christian Ashram. He is director of the Central Ontario Christian Ashram. He has also served as the Canadian Representative to the International Board of Directors of the United Christian Ashrams. Currently he is a member of the Four.
Gordon served for 23 years as a minister of the United Church of Canada, in various pastorates in New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario. In 1990 he was received as a minster of the Reformed Church in America, and appointed as Program Secretary for Church Development 1990 -1992.
From 1992-2007 he was affiliated with a Toronto law firm. He is retired as a lawyer and as a pastor.
He is married to his wife Judith and is the father of 3 adult children and the proud grandfather of 5 grandchildren.

Bio: Russell Chadwick

Married to Gerrie (an Afrikaans lady) for 42 years; father of 5 amazing kids; grandfather of 10. Blessed beyond measure!

I have ministered very much in a team dynamic with Gerrie since we took our first pastorate in Rhodesia in 1978 during the Rhodesian war. I was 21 when we started there. Our ministry can probably be best described as Church Planting. Not for the faint hearted, it demands a wide spectrum of ministry applications from evangelism through children and youth ministry, worship, teaching, counselling, discipleship and leadership mentoring and much more.

We have many passions. We love leading worship and are both musicians. We love preaching, especially exposition. We love evangelism and seeing people meeting with Jesus. I think our supreme passion is encouraging the church to live and move in the Holy Spirit…oh, and discipleship!

We have ministered all over the world, though we were based in southern Africa for 23 years, then in the UK for 16 years, and now we’ve been in Vancouver about 18 months. Here we minister with our son Wesley at Gospel Mission Society in DTES Vancouver in the epicentre of the Fentanyl epidemic. Gerrie also leads Divine Cornerstone Church in Burnaby.

Please remember to sign up so that you learn more about this exciting summer retreat. Your life will never be the same.


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On Our Way to Uganda and Rwanda…

janice and ed back cover photoBy Rev. Dr. Ed Hird

On May 5th to 22nd, my wife Janice and I will spend three weeks in Uganda and Rwanda speaking on marriage and renewal. We will first be speaking, by invitation of Canon Medad Birungi, at the Healing for the Nations Conference in Rwentobo, Ntungamo, the site of the East Africa Revival. Last year there was 25,000 people attend this annual renewal conference.  We met Canon Medad through our good friends Pastors Giulio and Lina Gabeli of Westwood Church in Coquitlam. He came to visit our St. Simon’s people at a midweek gathering held at one of our congregant’s houses. After our time in Uganda, which will involve a brief safari, we will go 100 miles south to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda where we have been invited by Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini to lead a five-day marriage conference.

We will be bringing our new marriage book with us. The title for our new book is ‘For Better, For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship.” The book is a popular reworking of my doctoral thesis produced five years ago.


Here is an excerpt from our new book to whet your interest:

Kneeling at the communion rail with her ex-husband, Linda said to her priest, Ed, “Someday I would like to marry Lloyd again.” As Linda had said this several times before in previous sessions—and Lloyd had said the same—Ed said “Why not now?” She replied, “Sure, why not?” Everyone was thrilled that the communion unexpectedly concluded with a romantic marriage service. Linda and Lloyd had been divorced for six years before remarrying that day.[1] We will never forget that wedding celebration.  Linda and Lloyd later took part in our Strengthening Marriage Workshop, and discovered new ways to improve their relationship.

What if we told you that this book, if you put its principles into practice, would send you on a romantic adventure with your beloved? What if we told you that, by reading and applying this book, you would discover the keys to a lasting satisfying relationship?  Marriage is very important to Ed and Janice (authors of this book and organizers of the Strengthening Marriage Workshop).  We have learned much in forty years of marriage, for better and for worse at times, and want to help other couples benefit from our discoveries about how to have a lasting, fulfilling marriage.  We have made many painful mistakes in our marriage. In For Better, for Worse, we pull back the veil on our imperfect marriage and share some of our embarrassing and often humorous moments.  Authentic, non-judgmental story-telling is one of the keys to healing of relationships, especially in marriage. Too many marriages nowadays crash and burn. It doesn’t have to be that way.  Are you willing to try an experiment on how to do relationships in a whole new way?  Would you like to end the cycle of broken relationships and marriages among your family and friends? Healing can start with you. You may remember how Jesus asked the probing question “Do you want to be well?”[2] Do you want your present or future marriage to be whole and healthy?

This book is written for married couples, engaged couples, and those interested in being married one day.  Ed and Janice learned extensively about Family Systems Theory while Ed was doing his doctorate. This book integrates family and biblical wisdom about how to strengthen one’s marriage and relationships. Each of the seventeen chapters unpacks key elements of what a healthy marriage can look like. The first four chapters cover the four weeks of the Strengthening Marriage Workshop, developed during the doctoral studies.  The four-fold focus of these four weeks is on strengths, differences, conflict, and intimacy. Even if you read and apply just the first four chapters, you will gain new eyes to understand your marriage relationship in a brand new way.  Are you tired of seeing your partner with the same old eyes?  Would you like to discover who they really are, beyond the mask?

To say “for better, for worse” sounds very romantic on the wedding day. To live it out ’til death do us part is much more challenging. Many couples naively think that because of their loving feelings toward each other, they won’t face the “for worse” part. Do we have the courage to radically embrace the gift and challenge of the marriage vows “for better, for worse”? Marital joy is a deep joy that spills over into every corner of a family. Marital pain, likewise, is a deep family pain. We know of few families who have not experienced both joy and deep pain in their primary relationships. Has this been the case for your family? This book is about coming alongside people who long for more stable and satisfying marriages. Throughout the book, questions are asked that you can work on, perhaps through journalling and, at the right time, through sharing with your partner.  Thoughtful questions can take your relationship to a whole new level of intimacy.  If you even half-embrace the principles in this book, your marriage will never be the same.

[1] Names have been changed. It was not a coincidence that our St. Simon’s North Vancouver congregation had just the day before taken a bold and costly stance for marriage. We believe that this wedding was a token of the Lord’s favour on our new adventure in which we as a congregation joined the Anglican Mission in Canada, which is covered by thirteen African Archbishops and bishops. To learn more about this journey, you are invited to read Ed’s earlier book Battle for the Soul of Canada.

Dancing Photo of Clines


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Billy Graham’s funeral online

Watch Billy Graham’s March 2nd 2018 funeral online 

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Launch Team

If you would like to be part of our launch team for the new book ‘For Better, For Worse: discovering the keys to a lasting relationship’, please email me at ed_hird@telus.net