Opinion

The ways we witness

Pentecost and evangelism have been intrinsically connected since the Spirit of God descended upon the first followers of Jesus in Jerusalem. The New Testament’s Book...

Navigating the ongoing disruptions of COVID-19

In March, the entire world became affected with a virus that presented a monumental challenge, incorporating all of us into efforts to deal effectively...

On not singing the Lord’s song

It was the story of a community choir rehearsal in Mount Vernon, Washington, that sent shockwaves through the choral community. Sixty-one members of the...

On virtual communion: A tract for these COVID-19 Times (Part II)

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, several Christians are advocating for the practice of online “virtual communions.” Virtual celebrations of the Eucharist are...

From the Primate: Discerning when to speak

When we can gather at a watercooler at work or in the pub with friends, we enjoy expressing our opinions on the latest sports...

Pandemics and evangelism: The martyrs of the plague of Alexandria

“Many who had healed others fell victims themselves. The best of our brethren have been taken from us in this manner: some were priests,...

The Eucharist and coming out of lockdown: A tract for these COVID-19 times

The challenges presented to churches by COVID-19 are numerous. Debates over whether to celebrate the Eucharist during the height of the crisis, and when...

The Primate: ‘We are building resilience’

Reflections on the new life of the Primate A few years ago, “zoom-zoom” referred to a Mazda car commercial. Today people are more likely to...

From beach to altar: Reflections on 20 years as a priest

Canon David Harrison expected to mark the 20th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on the beach. As luck, pandemic and God would...

Longing for a post-apocalyptic Easter

For a number of years in the early 2000s, Thomas Roach, then artist-in-residence at Vancouver’s Christ Church Cathedral, created an installation of veils that...

God’s question for the church: ‘Are you ready?’

As a pandemic rings in dramatic changes across the world, Canadian churches will face long-deferred decisions about property, worship and attitude—but some signposts point...

From the Primate: “Be still and know…”

All around us, creation is waking up from its winter hibernation. Birds have returned from their wintering places; snow is melting; grass is greening;...

The resurrection is not all in your head

Every Easter, without fail, media outlets trot out someone—usually a scholar or a minister—who offers the secular world a more “believable” understanding of the...

The May issue of the Journal—written in mid-March

This editorial letter first appeared in the May 2020 print issue of the Anglican Journal. Editorials don’t usually appear on the front page of the...

Evangelism needs no magic words—only the language of the heart

The 1990s were designated the Decade of Evangelism by the Lambeth Conference of 1988. The Anglican Communion was called to share the Good News...