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Desiring the Kingdom: Christian Formation in the Here and Now
You become what you love more than what you think. Liturgies are those shaping practices that direct our desires to God's Kingdom, transforming our hearts through worship.
News and Events
Conference to be held in November, 2015: Details below
Practical Steps For Your Church
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2015
Location: St. Thomas' Church, St. Catharines, ON
Most Anglican Churches have less than 150 people present each Sunday. These smaller congregations are often caught in a survival mode. The Very Reverend Kevin Martin will be leading this conference on building strong small congregations. He will be drawing on his experience of working with hundreds of smaller churches to move them from focusing on survival toward focusing on health and mission.
Keynote Speaker: Dean Kevin Martin
Kevin Martin has led similar conferences and workshops in Canada and the US. Dean Martin will share insights on how small churches can overcome the obstacles they face and plan for a better future. Drawing from his book 5 Keys for Church Leaders, he will show how leaders of small congregation can put together a plan for the development of their congregations.
Building the Mission Team
How to focus on the Next Generation
Tending the Front and Back Doors of your Church
"About 100 were present at our event, and we received a tremendous amount of positive feedback. People felt encouraged and empowered, and we received repeated requests to have Kevin back. Kevin's insights, information and stories have given many of our small congregations a new sense of hope” | Greg Kerr-Wilson, Bishop of Calgary
ReChurch Innovation Working Group, Cathedral Place 252 James Street North Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3 Canada
Aslan is on the Move: The Growth of Christianity in the Muslim World | Break Point
By Eric Metaxas
June 10, 2015
A Washington Post article tells the story of a tiny Baptist church near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The congregation had dwindled to just fifteen members. With bills stacking up, Deacon Larry Montgomery told the congregation, “We’re just not going to make it.”
Montgomery then told the people of Scenic Drive Baptist that there was a congregation who might want to buy the church. This congregation had been meeting in homes and had a pastor whose business card quoted John 4:35: “Look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
Six Ways Your Phone is Changing You | Desiring God
By Tony Reinke
Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at Macworld Expo 2007, and I got my first one a year later. I can’t remember life without it. For seven years an iPhone has always been within my reach, there to wake me in the morning, there to play my music library, there to keep my calendar, there to capture my life in pics and video, there for me to enjoy sling-shooting wingless birds into enemy swine, there as my ever-present portal to Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. My iPhone is such a part of my daily life, I rarely think self-reflectively about it. That’s precisely what concerns David Wells, 75, a careful thinker who has watched trends in the church for many decades.
Flash Mob in Beirut Mall Sings 'Christ is Risen!'
The Pope is a Christian! | The New York Review of Books
By Gary Wills
At a recent I talk I gave about Pope Francis, a man asked me, “Why do more non-Catholics like the pope than Catholics do?” He was wrong, of course. A Pew poll two months ago found that 90 percent of Catholics like what the pope is doing—and the number is even higher (95 percent) among the most observant, Mass attending Catholics. The percentage of non-Catholics who view the pope favorably does not get above the 70s.
Should Britain Become a Secular State? | The Big Questions
What ISIS Wants | The Atlantic
By Graeme Wood
"The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it."
Metaxas Article Elicits the Largest Response in the history of The Wall Street Journal (online).
"Eric Metaxas (born 1963) is an American author, speaker, and TV host. He is best known for two biographies, Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery about William Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy about Dietrich Bonhoeffer." (Source: Wikipedia)
Find his Wall Street Journal online article here
Click here to watch a Fox Business interview with Eric Metaxas
Re: Physician-Assisted Deaths
On February 6 the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Canada’s laws banning physician-assisted deaths. Here is testimony concerning physician-assisted deaths practices given before the British Parliamentary committee last July by Dutch Professor Theo Boer who has been a Member of a Netherlands Regional Review Committee since 2005. In the past 9 years he has studied almost 4000 such cases. Click below to read the letter.
Dutch ethicist - 'Assisted Suicide - Don't Go There' - EPC 2015-01-29.pdf
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Archbishop on the Commission's Challenges and the Way Forward | Episcopal News Service
Photo: Church of England
November 17, 2014
[Lambeth Palace] In his presidential address to the General Synod on Nov. 17, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby spoke about the issues faced by the Anglican Communion and possible ways forward.
Christian Principles Hold Steady as the System Worsens, New York Times
By James K.A. Smith, June 25, 2014
Christianity isn't incompatible with free markets. But it may be incompatible with modern capitalism and its growing inequality and exploitation.
First Indigenous Diocese Celebrated, Anglican Journal
ByLeigh Anne Williams, June 6, 2014
On June 4, Bishop Lydia Mamakwa was installed as bishop of Mishamikoweesh, the new indigenous diocese in the Anglican Church of Canada. Photos: Anglican Video
It was a historic day for the Anglican Church of Canada as it celebrated the birth of the first indigenous diocese and the installation of its first bishop in Kingfisher Lake, Ont.
The Indigenous Spiritual Ministry of Mishamikoweesh’s installation service for Bishop Lydia Mamakwa was held in a school gymnasium that had been transformed for the occasion with red and white banners, garlands and a profusion of flowers around the altar. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, offered the homily. Archbishop David Ashdown, metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Rupert’s Land, formally seated Mamakwa as bishop and blessed the episcopal chair. National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald participated and offered a reflection. The service was in English and Oji-Cree. Bishops from across the country attended, along with many members of the 400-person Kingfisher Lake First Nation, which is located 350 km north of Sioux Lookout, Ont.
Andrew White: Being Jesus in the Kill Zone Christianity Today
May 6, 2014
Iraq is worse than ever. So says Andrew White, vicar of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad, where he pastors the only Anglican church in Iraq. Since March, 2,100 people have died in sectarian violence. With 260,000 Christians left in the country, where 1.5 million Christians used to live, White works for reconciliation between religious and political factions in one of the world's most volatile areas.
Staying Put | First Things
Peter J. Leithart, May 23, 2014
When tensions grow among us, many consider their church environment as less than ideal and ask themselves, "Should I go or stay?" Here is an article by a well-known Presbyterian clergyman, Peter Letihart, that will give you pause for thought.
Image: Rumlin/Wikimedia Commons
In recent days, the Crimean peninsula has been at the heart of what some have described as the greatest international crisis of the 21st century. But this is not the first time the region has been so critical to international affairs. Many educated people have at least heard of the great struggle known as the Crimean War (1853-56), although its causes and events remain mysterious to most non-specialists.
If the conflict is remembered today, it resonates through the heroic charitable efforts of Florence Nightingale and the foundation of modern nursing. Actually, that earlier war deserves to be far better known as a pivotal moment in European religious affairs. Without knowing that religious element, moreover—without a sense of its Christian background—we will miss major themes in modern global affairs, in the Middle East and beyond.
Marriage Canon Commission Members Announced - Anglican Journal
January 6, 2014
Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, today announced the appointment of the members of a commission that will carry out a broad consultation about changing the marriage canon (church law) to allow same-sex marriage.
"The 160-Year History Behind What's Happening in the Ukraine Today" - Philip Jenkins, Christianity Today
March 5, 2014
10 Things I like about Going to An Anglican Church
By Erin Ortlund
My family has been part of St. Aidan Anglican Church in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, for over 5 years now. I grew up Presbyterian, with a foray into the Vineyard Christian Fellowship during my college years, so I’m rather surprised to find myself here! I can’t say much about the wider Anglican Communion, or even other congregations in the Anglican Church of Canada, but here are 10 reasons I like worshipping with our specific body of believers:
The liturgy: Our church uses the Book of Alternative Services (BAS), which is similar to the Book of Common Prayer, but with more modern language. I have grown to love it, as the liturgical prayers have become familiar and soul-nourishing
The Eucharist: The Eucharist (communion) is the central part of the worship service, and it happens every week. It starts with one of several Eucharistic prayers, either spoken or sung.
The gospel focus: Our church focuses on the essentials of the Christian faith. Christ crucified, Christ risen, Christ working through us in the world. There is very little emphasis on secondary theological issues that, at least for me, can be more distracting than inspiring. I have never detected any arrogance or sense of superiority in relation to other Christian denominations. Of course, this may be due to general Canadian politeness!
The music: There’s a nice mix of hymns, contemporary worship choruses, Taize songs, and traditional Anglican music. Many parts of the liturgy are sung as well.
Emphasis on Scripture: Every week, we hear passages from the Old Testament, New Testament, Gospels, and the Psalms. The sermon always relates to one or more of these readings.
The children’s ministry: The preschool and elementary age children at our church use the Godly Play program for Sunday school. Every few months, St. Aidan has an intergenerational worship service, where the kids stay for the whole service, participating in music, prayer, skits, and Scripture reading. We also have an Advent Brunch every year.
Connection to history: I like being part of a church that’s been around for a very long time. Also, many of my favorite authors are/were Anglicans: C.S. Lewis, N.T. Wright, Madeleine L’Engle, and Alister McGrath.
Connection to the world: The Anglican Communion is worldwide. Our church has a special relationship with dioceses in Malaysia and England.
Outreach to the world: Our church has done a wide variety of outreaches, such as Operation Christmas Child, clothes drives, Vacation Bible School, outreach lunches after our church service, Habitat for Humanity projects, and ministry to immigrant high school students.
Diversity: We have college students, singles, families, and many elderly people. Some are lifelong Anglicans, and others have come from other faith traditions, or from none at all.
The original post can be found at Cheesewearing Theology
New Prayer App
St. Meinrad Archabbey, of Saint Meinrad, Indiana, has released a new prayer app for mobile devices! Simple yet effective, this app provides opportunities for prayer and reflection during your busy day. To download the app, click the image below.
image attribution: Chris Light @ en.wikipedia