Historical Irony and Victoria Day

Victoria Day approaches and irony reigns supreme. The first camping weekend for many families arrives with its promise of a special kind of freedom and escape from the busy life of the city.  I remember how many First Nations people treasure promises made to their...

Leadership that leads to Discipleship

A critical issue today in all parts of our society is leadership.  Organizations need two kinds of leaders:  those who lead and those who manage.  Leaders who lead carve out new paths forward and equip others to share in this work.  Leaders who manage help ensure the...

The Soldier and the Priest

Michael Foss, in his book Power Surge, included the following story from czarist Russia on page 128. A priest walking along minding his own business was stopped by a royal guard who stopped him at gunpoint.  The guard demanded, “What is your name?  Why are you here,...

Short Note on the Purpose of the Church

Re-reading Michael Foss's Power Surge, and found this statement on page 4 very relevant.  "Christian faith is not an accessory to life.  Rather it is a coherent way of life, a way of being in the world.  It is the task of the church to teach and support this way of...

Vision and Mission for St. Andrew’s

I hope we will be able to have a vision and mission working group meeting sometime the week of May 15 to May 19.  If  you want to contribute to this working group or offer ideas or comments, please send them to me.    There are thousands of things we could be doing,...

Andychurch Outdoors

I hope to start a group for outdoor activities that can organize and lead group adventures from canoeing to biking and hiking.  I created a Facebook page to provide a meeting place for this group.  The link for this site is:...

About Parades and the Church and Goals

St. Andrew's will be planning and providing a stewardship campaign this year, and I hope to help in both parts of that process.  As I was riding the train to work this morning, I reflected on stewardship and on membership. The membership of a congregation can be...

Stewardship of Money and Generosity

Stewardship of money is one of the touchy subjects in churches.  It includes faithfulness, gratitude, freedom vs captivity, and fairness.  I will begin with a Ralph Milton story. He was at a gathering of young people from different denominations, and one group was...

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