The coming of autumn makes me think of transitions. And those who know me best know that I don’t particularly like them. When the kids were younger, I dreaded the approach of Labour Day and “back to school.” I liked the gentler routines of summer, the comfortable rhythms of just hanging out as a family, unburdened by the...full post »
I have a pretty unique perspective on the life of our church. In my work I interact with an amazingly wide variety of congregations and rostered leaders. I visit your churches. I worship with you. I share food and drink with you. I counsel with you. I celebrate your joys and mourn your losses.
Week in and week out I...
It’s a phrase we hear, read and perhaps say quite often. In moments of catastrophe and loss; in times of crisis or disaster, the flow of “thoughts and prayers” through my twitter feed can become a torrent.
And in its wake there is often a subsequent torrent telling us in no uncertain terms what we can do with our “...
“Can you give me a blessing?” “Would you pray for my brother in Argentina? He is dying and I’m out running for him today.” “I am a Muslim and I think...full post »
"Behold I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:19)
One of my favourite Scripture passages is Isaiah 43, verse 19. “Behold I am doing a new thing says the Lord; even now it springs forth. Do you not perceive it?”
It reminds me that our God is a creator God who is always doing some “new thing!” God is...
“You don’t save what you don’t love.” So says Margaret Atwood in her address to the 2018 Parliament of World Religions in Toronto in November 2018. “Unless people with faith get behind fixing the planet, it is not going to happen.” You can listen to a portion of her remarks via the CBC Radio Tapestry website.
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It’s that time of year when we conduct our Congregational AGM’s, elect new leaders and re-convene new Congregational Councils.
Sometimes we struggle to identify those new leaders; people are reluctant to serve. In some congregations, council seats sit vacant.
I wonder if that might have something to do with...full post »
“The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.”
As a child, I was always mystified by this line from the carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem. I understood something of the hope of Christmas. I knew something of how that hope was expressed in Jesus. I had good Sunday School teachers, parents; a fine...full post »
It’s a command performance. All six ELCIC bishops are invited and expected to attend our Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth conferences every two years. But it’s a command performance that I, and I trust all of my colleagues, look forward to. This year’s gathering was held at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario and I’d...full post »
The following is an excerpt from Bishop Michael Pryse’s sermon at the closing service of the Eastern Synod Assembly which was convened June 21-24, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario under the theme “Liberated By God’s Grace … to be neighbour.”
In the fifth chapter of Luke’s Gospel we read another story of Jesus and...full post »
Report of the Bishop
I have presented several of these reports to you over the course of my tenure of service as your bishop. And it’s always a...full post »
Earlier this week I did something that my parents did several times a week but that I haven’t done in at least six months. I wrote a cheque. I just don’t use them anymore. I pay my all my bills online. I give my offerings to the church via pre-authorized remittance. As for cash, I seldom carry any. Why would I? Any expenses...full post »
The story is so familiar, perhaps too familiar.
A lawyer asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus responds with the question, “What is written in the law?” The lawyer responds correctly, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your...full post »
It’s been said that the truest test of faith is whether it will let anything stand in its way. And by this measure, those countless individuals who sought Jesus out in the Gospel narratives had incredibly deep faith. A man with an unclean spirit, a leper, a paralytic. A woman with an unstoppable hemorrhage. None of them...full post »
As we enter this new calendar year I am keenly aware that for many of us a new day is also dawning when it comes to determining how to best configure and re-position our congregational ministries for the future. I applaud the courageous and forward-looking leadership being provided by pastors and lay leaders who are...full post »
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