Departure Gate, Destination Unknown

Precisely 60 seconds after the adoption of Remit ‘C’ by General Assembly, which allowed the call, election and ordination of those in same-sex partnerships, a motion was made to investigate the establishment of a separate theological synod for those who adhere to traditional standards. The timing spoke volumes. … Read more

GA 2021 Prayer Initiative – Now What?

We could not have fulfilled the need for prayer without each of you. For all the time spent on knees, in prayer closets, listening, petitioning and interceding, we thank every one of you. But now what? What do we do now? How do we move forward, honouring Jesus while working through how we feel about the outcome? Maybe, just for a moment, we sit and wait. … Read more

Tales From GA, In Their Words

Was there a defining moment from General Assembly 2021? Often with a major story we’re able to point to an image or remark which sums it up or at least puts it into perspective. Sometimes, it’s an iconic photo – an exhausted, soot-covered first responder. Or a pithy quote – “Say it ain’t so!” or … Read more

God Is Still In Charge

At 4:37 p.m. Eastern time on June 8, 2021, the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada made official what many had believed for years. The approval of Remit ‘B’, with two parallel definitions of marriage, provided legitimacy for those who interpret and apply Scripture through human eyes rather than submitting to the unfathomable, … Read more

Definitely Time To Pray

Wow!! I cannot remember a General Assembly that has been prayed for in advance for such a prolonged time. Dedicated intercessions began early last Fall and have only intensified and multiplied in the past several weeks (I am penning this in late May). Even though military imagery upsets some, for many this prayer onslaught resonates … Read more

Renewal Day 2021

Our guest speaker was Rev. Dr. Greg Brawn, a voice for orthodoxy within The United Church of Canada and pastor of a vibrant Christ-centred congregation. Greg brought words of hope and encouragement to those who are discerning their place in The Presbyterian Church in Canada. His presentation can be viewed on our website, renewal-fellowship.ca, and … Read more

Renewal AGM – a Snapshot

Approximately 60 members remained online for the AGM, which was chaired by Ian Shaw. Report of the Chair Over the past 18-24 months we have been wrestling with the thought, “Do we still have a mission in the Presbyterian Church in Canada?” The board has concluded that yes, we do. We offer authentic Biblical thinking, … Read more

Seeds of Hope in Malawi Prisons

“Please don’t forget us.” I have heard this plea spoken many times by prisoners in Malawi. These words not only resonated in my heart but motivated me to engage and lead a ministry to prisoners in Malawi. So, what are these prisons really like? They are overcrowded, they lack the basic necessities of life that … Read more

Trusting God Enough

By Rev. Denise Allen-Macartney Lately, I have been reading the Old Testament book of Numbers; not always riveting prose. Yet God often catches me unawares. Today was one of those moments. In Numbers 20:1-13, the people are at Kadesh in the desert of Zin. Miriam has just died and been buried. There is a drought. … Read more