Bishop's Blog

November 13, 2017

This fall most of us will participate in special worship services where we will ritually and prayerfully commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Some of these services will be “Lutheran specific” events in our congregations and...

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September 21, 2017

Two interesting pieces hit my twitter feed today. Depending on one’s perspective, I suppose the news they contained could be considered either encouraging or distressing; or perhaps both.

U.S. based Sojourners magazine tweeted a May 2015 article by Ryan Stewart entitled “Is it good or bad when churches shrink?”...

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August 24, 2017

One of our church’s most under-utilized resources is the untapped capacity of our pastors and diaconal ministers to lead. Yes, lead! Having closely worked with hundreds of rostered ministers over the past twenty-five years, I can testify that many of have both the desire and capacity to provide a higher level of leadership...

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June 22, 2017

I have been an engaged student of Canadian history for as long as I can remember. It was my major focus of study in university. One of my proudest childhood moments was being awarded the grade 8 history award from the local chapter of the IODE – the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire...

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June 01, 2017

In this time and place, the contexts in which we engage in ministry are undergoing massive change in virtually every regard. Our churches don’t exist in spiritual bubbles and changes within society and culture will, by necessity, change our ministry context. It can’t be avoided. Whether it be...

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March 16, 2017

I must confess that I’ve always had a kind of love/hate relationship with our annual observance of the Reformation. The “pull out all the stops/ pomp and circumstance” part of me has always loved this annual celebration of “all things good and Lutheran!” And yet, at the same time, it sometimes felt a tad self-congratulatory...

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January 05, 2017

Over the course of the past year, the Eastern Synod Council has been working on developing a strategic plan to help guide the work of our boards, committees, related agencies and staff. At our March 2017 meeting the Synod Council will complete this task and share this plan with the wider...

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December 16, 2016

My dear mother, who I particularly miss at special times of the year like Christmas, never quite got it. “How was the Christmas Eve service, mom?” Her answer, invariably, went according to script. “It was lovely. And there were a lot of strangers there!” My response, too, was according to...

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November 25, 2016

I get to see and experience a lot of wonderful people and special events in my job. Every two years since 1982 I have had the great privilege of attending church sponsored, national youth gatherings, most recently under the moniker of CLAY – Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth.  Spending these...

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September 28, 2016

I recently listened to a radio interview with an author named Chuck Klosterman who has written a book entitled “But What if We’re Wrong: Thinking About the Present As If It Were the Past.”   He maintains that every generation unconsciously assumes that its particular view of reality will...

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August 22, 2016

If you’ve every ploughed a furrow, you will have no difficulty understanding the concluding image of today’s Gospel lesson. “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”  You can’t plough a straight furrow if you’re constantly turning around to check your...

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June 23, 2016

It is a great pleasure for me to report to this biennial assembly of the Eastern Synod as we gather here in Toronto under the theme Liberated by God’s Grace. In doing so, we are joining with our 73 million plus brothers and sisters in the Lutheran World Federation, and indeed, with partners in...

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June 14, 2016

I can very clearly remember attending my first ever synod convention. I was not a delegate, but a teen who had been enlisted to assist in making a presentation about our synod’s outdoor ministry programmes. It felt like a very big deal; an important event in the life of our church.  And today,...

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March 15, 2016

It’s interesting that while the Western Christian world speaks of Thomas as “doubting Thomas” , the orthodox church of the east calls him “believing Thomas” in reference to his exclamation “my Lord and my God” after having seen Christ and touching his wounds! They choose to honour his exclamation of faith rather than his...

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December 04, 2015

Bishop Pryse and other religious leaders issued the following open letter to the Premier of Ontario on December 2, 2015.  The Bishop encourages congregations and individuals to consider making similar interventions with political leaders at all levels within your own particular context. Many voices really can make a...

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