A group named PSALT—short for Presbyterians Standing for Apostolic Love and Truth—has sent letters to all sessions and presbyteries within the Presbyterian Church in Canada, […]
Respect is about how we evaluate and treat others. It’s not so much about civility or good manners, but about attitudes and behaviours rooted in how God treats us that should shape how we treat others.
Rev. Joel Sherbino was once sitting in a conference. This is how he tells it: “The whole conference was based around this one question: ‘If your church were to disappear tomorrow, would anyone in the community notice or even care?”
Here’s a Christian assumption that shapes life: the world, and everything in it, is created. The ecosphere comes into being from outside itself.
Late in November 2015, two weeks before the rush of Syrian refugees to Canada, a refugee family quietly arrived in Toronto from Namibia and was whisked off to the Niagara area. Thus a long story ended and a new one began.
For Dr. Jean Chamberlain, her work to help mothers in Africa is about giving women a voice.
Nineteen-year-old Yvette Nicholas hasn’t been farming long, but she knows that things are different today in Haiti than when her parents were young.
“The witness of the New Testament is not a soloist, it’s a choir” and “all voices are important if we are to understand the fullness of Jesus,” says Thomas Long.
From 1994 to 2015, there were 642 new entrants into ministry within the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Currently, 369, or 58 per cent, are still active on the rolls of presbyteries.
Being a minister is stressful. In part the stress arises from what M. Craig Barnes, president of Princeton Theological Seminary, describes as “confusion about what it means to be a pastor.”
“I would say the vast majority of ministers are sincere; they are unhappy; they are discouraged. They’re often stuck in feeling they’re limited in terms of what they can do in their ministry. So, it’s hopelessness that permeates more and more of their life.”
There will be a few thousand ways in which we see our world differently, but let me focus on a big one.
With a keystroke on his laptop, Dale Woods welcomes a seventh minister into the meeting. “Let’s start with a check-in,” he says. “Steve, how are things in Vancouver?”
Respect is a biblical issue, as well as a moral one.
This issue goes to the deepest, most personal question we can ask ourselves as Christian believers: Do I trust God to know wherein the good of my life is to be found, or shall I insist on self-definition?
Some people are simply not created heterosexual. Through no volitional choice of their own, they are born gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. I believe God loves them just as much as God loves any other person.
If there’s one theme that seems to have emerged from reflecting on today’s topic, it’s this idea of surprise: as soon as when we think we have a handle on the divine, God pushes the boundaries we set and surprises us with something new.
As people of faith, our perspective on human sexuality is grounded in the teaching of Holy Scripture, starting with the theological account of humankind’s creation back in Genesis.
At the conclusion of the Speaking Truth in Love event held by the Hamilton presbytery, all five speakers responded to questions from those in attendance.
La Loche, Saskatchewan is located about 600 km northwest of Saskatoon where I have lived for the last 12 years. Before the tragic shooting that […]