Bishop's Blog

December 12, 2019

I love Christmas. I’m no Scrooge. But year by year I have become more distressed, if not depressed, by the consumerist bacchanalia which dominates our North American commemoration of Jesus’ birth.
   Although we might try to deny it, most of us are quite aware of where we sit in humanity’s seating plan. We are a part of...

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November 13, 2019

Here’s a distressing fact. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is the whitest denomination in the United States. The 2014 Pew Research Center Religious Landscape Study found that 96% of the denomination’s members were white, 2% black and 2% mixed race or Latino.
   We don’t have similar demographic data for...

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September 19, 2019

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...

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August 12, 2019

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...

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June 13, 2019

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 “...

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May 09, 2019

“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...

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April 16, 2019

"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...

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March 15, 2019

“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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February 19, 2019

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...

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December 14, 2018

“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...

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November 12, 2018

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...

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September 20, 2018

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...

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June 21, 2018

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...

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June 13, 2018

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...

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May 09, 2018

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...

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