PSALT Conference Experience

God works in many creative ways. One is repetition: the same word, phrase, verse, or concept appearing in different contexts at roughly the same time. In these God moments, He gets my attention. It happens in my life as a pastor and it happened here, at the gathering of Presbyterians Standing for Apostolic Love and Truth (PSALT) at Vaughan Community Church on May 12-13, 2017. I have several pages of notes at the conference. Here are some key takeaways... Read more

Sermon at General Assembly

Rev. Doug Rollwage, Past Moderator, outlines several rediscoveries of the power of God's Word as chronicled in Scripture itself and in the pages of history. He asks, "Why is our denomination experiencing precipitous decline, troubled by increasing division, edging ever closer to 'consumebatur,' its fire flickering dangerously dim? Because somehow someway, the Book has again slipped from our hands." ... Read More

Time To Listen?

As my wife and I embarked for Africa, the denomination’s mission secretary gave us this advice: "When you get there, keep your mouth shut for the first six months." He knew from long experience Christian missionaries have often been quick to speak and slow to listen. So for the first six months I worked at a seminary in Malawi, I followed his advice during staff meetings, and I have to say it saved me from some blunders! I wonder if Canadian churches should heed similar advice as we debate major issues such as homosexuality. Read more

The Secularisation of the Church of Scotland – What Really Happened at the Assembly?

Much to no-one's surprise, the Church of Scotland General Assembly has just voted to accept the Theological Forum’s report which changes the Churches definition of marriage to include same sex marriages and to apologise to gay people for their previous understanding. I know there are various caveats and nuances but that is the reality of …

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The Vision Driving the High Cost of Dismissal from the PCUSA

Written by Jerry M. Roper, Ph.D. and John W. Daniel, D.Min., Crestwood Presbyterian Church, Richmond, Virginia “Churches paying big bucks to get out of the PCUSA” was The Layman’s October 28, 2015 headline story.  Crestwood Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Virginia wasn’t mentioned in the article, because the dismissal terms of $1.5 million were not yet agreed …

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