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While in exile and in the Spirit, the author of Revelation writes…

July 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, While in exile and in the Spirit, the author of Revelation writes, “When I saw him [Jesus], I fell at his feet as though dead.” (Revelation 1:17) John the Seer’s overwhelming encounter with

When we are baptized into Christ Jesus, we find ourselves united with Christ…

July 6th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Willowdale has received requests for baptism from several people who have risked losing their lives in order to gain life with Jesus. When the Holy Spirit opened their hearts to trust in the

During my week of study leave in New Haven, I’m reading both poems and also essays by poets

June 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, During my week of study leave in New Haven, I’m reading both poems and also essays by poets. They fascinate me further into faith, and I pass on one example from the poet

What seems good to the Holy Spirit and to you today?

June 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, What seems good to the Holy Spirit and to you today? For many years, I have felt intrigued by a phrase from the Council of Jerusalem that Luke portrays in Acts 15. As

Can a congregation that defines marriage as a life-long covenant between a man and a woman welcome LGBTQ people the way Christ does?

June 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Can a congregation that defines marriage as a life-long covenant between a man and a woman welcome LGBTQ people the way Christ does? To answer that and related questions, I need God to

What happens when we see salvation as the opposite of being lost?

May 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, What happens when we see salvation as the opposite of being lost? What happens when we seek salvation as the opposite of being dead? I ask these questions because sometimes we limit salvation

Can you tell of a mighty work of God?

May 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friends, Can you tell of a mighty work of God? Congratulations! You have received the Spirit of Pentecost. On the first Pentecost, God did many mighty works—some unique (almost) to that one day; others

Happy Ascension Day!

May 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Happy Ascension Day! Jesus’ ascension into heaven translates into his saving presence for everyone who looks to him for help. That’s what Jesus teaches in his farewell discourse when he says, “I tell

Have you ever lain awake, wresting with anger, anxiety, or similar demons?

May 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Have you ever lain awake, wresting with anger, anxiety, or similar demons? During such sleepless nights, can you perhaps discern the Lord making his face to shine on you? On Sunday at Willowdale,

After two weeks in the Middle East, I returned to Toronto

April 27th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, After two weeks in the Middle East, I returned to Toronto on Monday, and within hours a murderous van attack took place shockingly near to my Church. As I ponder the trip, the