Emmaus at Willowdale Connection

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

During Lent, we think a lot about death—our own and Jesus’

March 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, During Lent, we think a lot about death—our own and Jesus’. Thank God, Jesus’ death makes all the difference. Jesus’ death leads to forgiveness and resurrection; therefore, we grieve but not “as others

Right now, Jesus’ face is “like the sun shining in full strength.”

March 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Right now, Jesus’ face is “like the sun shining in full strength.” (Revelation 1:16) Someday, Jesus says, you too “will shine like the sun.” (Matthew 13:43). And that’s why I send this message.

In a Bible study yesterday…

March 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, In a Bible study yesterday we pondered a question Paul asked when making his defense before religious and political leaders. The Apostle asked, “Why is it thought incredible by any of you that

Have you had a covenantal conversation with God lately?

February 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Have you had a covenantal conversation with God lately? Your neighbour may need that from you. A few years ago, someone loaned me a book called Fierce Conversations. From what I recall, the

Today the Gospel points me to Jesus as greater than David (Mark 12:37)

February 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Dear Friend, Today the Gospel points me to Jesus as greater than David (Mark 12:37), to Christians as more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), and to Thomas Merton at the corner of Fourth and Walnut in