shake, rattle and roll

It has been a week of stressful adventure for our family – my mother was rushed to hospital in Orillia during the night on Monday. I was there by mid afternoon on Tuesday  and my sister and her husband from Boston arrived by mid afternoon on Wednesday. Mom is still in hospital and we have no definite discharge date, and no idea of how she will be when she is able to leave. We do know that things will not be the same after all this. Many of your families have experienced life-changing events like this, and the challenges can be pretty significant. I am so thankful that the ‘Johns clan’ is conscious of the Lord’s strength and guidance in times of uncertainty and change. 

I will need to take a week of holidays after Sunday’s service to attend to family matters in Orillia. I will not miss a Sunday though – that will happen soon enough as there are upcoming Sundays when we will be away on holidays and Study Leave in Romania. 

At the beginning of this past week I wrote and posted on the devotional you read below – little did I know that within hours I would need to think about it pretty seriously. I am part of something stable, secure, solid, significant & lasting!

 Hope it helps you too.

It is over 35 years ago when I started my seminary training, yet I can still picture some of my teachers in front of the class, I can still hear their voices in my head. The following passage is from a recent book written by one of my theology professors, and it is powerful. The church is so much more than any human istitution! We are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken Hebrews 12:28. When things start to press in, push hard, and you are knocked off your feet, remember this truth. 


The church of Jesus Christ is assembled in the presence of the real and living God, in the name and authority of Jesus, for the purpose of giving glory to God and enjoying him now and forever, is an entity unlike any other in the universe; unlike a shopping mall, unlike a place of entertainment like Hollywood, unlike a rock concert, unlike a factory, unlike a business like Microsoft, unlike a school like Harvard, unlike a financial world like Wall Street, unlike a political power like Washington –  and in God’s sight, more valuable and significant than them all. All these humanly constructed institutions have limited shelf lives; the church, as God’s divinely constructed project, has a future that will endure into eternity.

I could preach that paragraph with enthusiasm! For in these words and this scripture there is much power, reassurance, and comfort.

The book?

Worship and the Reality of God: An Evangelical Theology of Real Presence

Inter Varsity Press 2010

John Jefferson Davis


About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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One Response to shake, rattle and roll

  1. Heatherly says:

    Praying for your family, Doug…

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