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Individuals have a natural life span. We are also becoming accustomed, with pain, to a parallel notion, that congregations have life spans. It may be time to ask whether denominations—in fact, our denomination— might have a life span also.
The Holy Spirit is the One appointed to get us where we need to be with the quality of fellowship we are destined to enjoy. The Spirit teaches
Decisions are ever before us: large ones, small ones, daily ones, life - changing ones. Gardeners wonder what should be planted first. Where I live, I have to
Tolerance for waiting, even for those we dearly love, has become a victim of our technical age. Patience is an expression of the respect we have for who
David, you have to learn moderation!" I've heard this with frequency throughout my life. I have been told by good Christian mentors that we should be moderate in
Have you known a gentle giant? We tend to think of those people who are large enough to be intimidating and yet when we get to know them,
Many are the images of faithfulness we carry with us through life. They comfort us, inspire us and I hope change us as we wrestle with our many
We are home from India now, with minds full of potent new images of life. One of those images is of a simple joy. On your behalf we visited
Peter and John are in the temple in Jerusalem. A lame man approaches them for spare change. They have none. So Peter speaks these immortal words which have
I have already felt the power of your prayers in my ministry as moderator. At the Truth and Reconciliation gathering in Vancouver, which I'm scheduled to attend Sept.
The second highest peak in Newfoundland, Gros Morne, "the Great Sombre," is 802 metres high and offers a refreshing trek through balsam forest, a steep ascent of
The substance of our beliefs is important. The responsibility of what we do is important. The style by which we live our faith in word and deed is
I began this column in the Record last summer with an unapologetic affirmation of the centrality of Jesus Christ for our church's faith and life, now and in
In recent months I have attended more than a few funerals and sent numerous notes of condolence. It is always a tender moment and a holy privilege. We've
In a wonderful little book called The Return of the Prodigal Son, the spiritual writer Henri Nouwen reminds us that the world often seduces us to claim a
Theologian Karl Barth once preached a sermon in which he described the resurrection of Jesus as a threat. I like that. We tend to think about the Easter
In November the Assembly Council adopted a motion that asked the church to examine whether it is wise stewardship to support three colleges financially. I spoke in favour
On August 27, I left for a three-week trip to Africa accompanied by my wife Lynn and Rev. Dr. Rick Fee of the Life and Mission Agency.
As Moderator I have been emphasizing the centrality of Jesus Christ in the life and mission of our church. I have been trying to talk about what it
Over the years, I have had the privilege of serving as a pastor in three congregations within the Presbyterian Church in Canada. The first was a new church