Come and See: Being a Small, Strong Church

How do we come to Jesus and bring others to him? Jesus’ command is simple: ‘Come and see’. Bring those that you love to meet the Messiah. I honestly believe that the neighbourhood church in the traditional denominations still have the ability to transform our faith. Diana Butler Bass in her book Christianity for the […]

Vandalism to church signage an act of intolerance and hatred

 In two separate incidents, new signage at the Church of the Ascension (Anglican Church of Canada) has been vandalized. We are concerned the vandalism is an act motivated by intolerance towards the LGBTQ community. Each side of the church sign features a decal of the rainbow fish symbol. This symbol is intended to show that […]

English Cream Team – Building Community

Yesterday was the third annual English Cream Tea which coincides with Brits on the Lake. This morning one of our parishioners remarked that participating in this event made her feel that the church was a family. On its face this may seem to be a strange comment when we think of all the hard work that […]

Living Out the Trinity

This past Sunday was Trinity Sunday. Preaching on this day sometimes can be challenging and one can fall into the trap of sounding far too theological. I took the congregation through a mini-history lesson about the development of the Trinity (I think there was some nodding off). I think what many found interesting were my […]

Everyone is Welcome

Following this blog post you will find a draft statement called ‘Everyone is Welcome’. Over the last few years I have preached about the need to welcome everyone and show radical hospitality exemplified in Jesus’ ministry. I have begun each service with the statement that ‘whether you are a follower of Christ or on a […]

Islam and the Media

Islam and the Media

On Saturday, March 19th five members of the Church of the Ascension attended a conference called Unlearn, Relearn, Challenge: Islam & the Media which was sponsored by The Student Association at Durham College & UOIT. The purpose of this conference was to scrutinize how “numerous media outlets across the globe actively perputuate negative stereotypes, myths […]

Synod 2013

The Synod for the Diocese of Toronto, 2013 was held Friday, November 29th and Saturday, November 30th. In many ways it was an uneventful Synod because the business (financial, amendments to canons, etc.) was straight forward. The Diocese had done an excellent job at the pre-Synod meetings to review business matters and deal with any […]

Are We An Inclusive Church?

This past Sunday I talked about  the reality that the history of the Church has been one that does not lend itself to being inclusive. However, I think there are many positive signs to show that there has been change that is consistent with Scripture. Acts 11:1-18 is generally considered a watershed moment because the […]

Building A Healthy, Strong, Small Church

Today marks being one year as the priest-in-charge of the Church of  the Ascension. It has been a wonderful year as we came together and witnessed a growing congregation prepared to act on their faith and do so within a loving and caring community. I said this past Sunday while we may be a small […]

Belonging Means Participating

As I prepare for Vestry (Sunday, Feb. 24th) I was reviewing our parish list. It is always interesting as you come across names of people who you have never seen at church. Out of the blue I will get a phone call to do a funeral or wedding and the person will say that they […]

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