Opinion

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...

Every day is Earth Day in God’s world

It’s Earth Day. In the middle of such a large generational phenomenon that is COVID-19, let’s not forget how this is affecting people all around...

Cultivating perseverance and patience on the road ahead

When we first heard the orders to self-isolate or go into quarantine due to COVID-19, there was a faint hope that, of course, this...

An unmistakable sign

Though the church of my youth taught about the Second Coming of Christ, there were not many specifics, nor was there much guessing about when, where and how.

Lessons in liturgy from The Two Popes

There was no way that I was going to miss The Two Popes, the 2019 biographical drama film about Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, because I am a sucker for all things papal.

Waiting for hope

As a young person in the church, I was taught that the first words to be spoken on Easter morning—and to everyone you met that day—were: “ALLELUIA, CHRIST IS RISEN!” and, in response, “THE LORD IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA!”

Easter was unexpected in the beginning, and it still is

Few, if any, of Jesus’ original followers anticipated his resurrection from the dead.

Advocacy and policy could help prisoners during COVID-19

As Canadian courts started to shutter themselves against the coronavirus in the last two weeks of March, there were responsible and urgent efforts made...

Maundy Thursday: Moving towards a new wilderness

I couldn’t get to sleep last Saturday night. Normally, falling asleep is not a problem for me. But with the upending of normal life...

Follow the money

“Follow the money” became, during the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, a catchphrase to describe a technique of investigative journalism. To find out what...

Spring cleaning: Holy Wednesday’s transformative tradition

My mother would be shocked to hear this now, but I love tidying my house. Moving through the spaces in my home, banishing junk...

Shall we postpone Easter? (Spoiler warning: No.)

Holy Week has always been an important touchstone for my faith and ministry. It is the week at the very centre of our faith...