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Wonderful Diversity

I am pretty sure that evangelicals like myself will not be convinced they are wrong. Neither will my liberal friends. What we might all be convinced of is that there is a greater issue at play here.

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David Harris

Embracing Spirituality

"Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law …" So opens the Constitution Act of 1982. And while the understanding of

Stephen Harris

A Good Set of Instructions

One of the characteristics of our Presbyterian Church is the yearly election of the Moderator of the General Assembly. The Presbyterian family has been electing moderators much longer

Andrew Faiz

A Tree in the City

I live in the old part of the city, at the edge of a large park. The oldest houses here were built in the late 1800s; my house

Sixth Sunday After Easter


Sixth Sunday of Easter May 10, 2015 Acts 10:44-4; 1 John 5:1-6 Peter must have had sore eyes and an aching jaw from all the revelations he had received in just

Wilted Flower

Losing the Chains of Christendom

Across the lake from our place there are a number of old log pilings strung out in a straight line down the lake towards the San Jose River.


What to Preach on Good Friday

Good Friday April 3, 2015 Psalm 22 John 18, 19 (select verses) What to preach on Good Friday? A lot of preachers ask that question. Last year I worked with a group

Andrew Faiz

Bending the Wild

Mornings start with uppers—"I'm no good before my first cup of coffee!" And continue during the day—java, tea, cola, energy drinks. You need to mediate the crash each


A Most Fitting Epitaph

In Wayne Johnston's novel The Custodian of Paradise, on the gravestone of a minister and fisherman of a remote island off the southern coast of Newfoundland, there is

Stephen Harris

Asking Over the Back Fence

The question I am asked most frequently when I preach is some version of "What can we do to bring new people into our church?" I usually tell

David Harris

Overcoming Fear and Loathing

It would be convenient to blame a hard winter for the state of the national psyche, but that would avoid addressing the real roots of fear and anxiety. And

A Church of Now

Once, I imagine, perhaps near the beginning of its 125-year history, before there were big houses and tall buildings and even mature trees, my home church of Morningside-High


He is Risen!

It is an ancient liturgy translated into countless tongues and spoken by billions since the historical event of the resurrection. It is the core of the Church's Easter

Palm Sunday

Palms and Politics

Liturgy of the Palms March 29, 2015 Mark 11:1 - 11 or John 12:12 - 16 All four gospels agree that Jesus rode into Jerusalem in a one - man parade.

Sin Melt

The Lesson of Candle Ice

Walking on ice has always freaked me out just a little. Every year at freeze - up in November I look out at the new ice on Lac

Andrew Faiz

Rest and Respond

I spent some time in January reading the 11 issues of last year's Record. Perhaps it was the frame of mind I was in but I noted a

David Harris

Life and Death

Supreme Court of Canada has decided that Canadians may seek the assistance of a physician to end their lives. The decision itself raises many questions, answers few (perhaps


The Cultural Divide

We live in a country of ever increasing cultures and subcultures. We live at a time when we realize that in the past, many confused winning folks for

Stephen Harris

The Patty Test

When my wife Patty accompanies me on a guest preaching engagement, she normally does not actually enter the church building with me. I try to arrive early enough

Progressive Lectionary

Put Down the Gospel Gun

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany February 8, 2015 1 Corinthians 9:16 - 23 Evangelist Will Nichols goes by the name "The Gospel Gun." He strides into country - gospel concerts and