A Place To Stand

The Renewal Fellowship has pledged its support of this gathering, organized by our Han Ca friends: The Presbytery of Eastern Han-Ca cordially invites you to a conference that will focus on the 2019 General Assembly Remits, and how to move forward, together, thereafter. This conference is open to all members and friends of the Presbyterian ... Read more

Dal Schindell: a true “Channel”

Dal Schindell’s death on August 6, 2019 in Vancouver leaves us saddened at the passing of a unique Canadian evangelical who made a significant contribution to the establishment of The Renewal Fellowship within the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Dal had a vision for a publication of the organization which had been founded in May 1983. ... Read more

Response to the 2019 Remits

Dear Renewal Friend, In its 5th sederunt, the 145th General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) approved Pathway "B" as presented by the Special Committee of Former Moderators*. In the 10th sederunt, remits to enable this change in doctrine and practice were approved for consideration under the Barrier Act (see below for the ... Read more

My dwelling place shall be …

This blog represents the thoughts of the author. While they may reflect the theological position of The Renewal Fellowship, they should not be seen as an official statement. Like many of you, I am tired. I’m tired of the negativity, the toxic spin on the Gospel, the lack of Holy Spirit submission in so-called Christian ... Read more

Renewal News – Summer 2019

In This Issue: GA 2019: a way forward? – Andy CornellThe trouble with norms – Ian ShawStage set for Barrier battleRF board to respond to remitsRenewal for the next generation – Lauren and Jillian McWhinnieRF's Knox College bursary revivedAuthentic Biblical thinking – Ian ShawPowerful, Spirit-led prayer – Andy CornellEffective Gospel witness – John ParkIt's a ... Read more

A Letter to Evangelicals

The decision of the 145th General Assembly to adopt option "B" in the Report of the Special Committee of Former Moderators and the subsequent Remits on Human Sexuality and Marriage have caused a range of responses among members of the Renewal Fellowship and throughout our denomination. As a result of a meeting at Vaughan Community ... Read more

Tales from Assembly: Why I Dissented

“Pragmatism or principle” was the duelling dynamic for commissioners as we wrestled with how we would rank the four pathways proposed by the Special Committee of Former Moderators. For many who hold onto classical theology, only two pathways – ‘A’ (tradition) and ‘C’ (three streams) – were seriously considered. ‘B’ (inclusion) and ‘D’ (accommodation) were non starters. … Read More

General Assembly 2019

WOW! We didn't see that coming. 145th General Assembly lived up its advanced billing. It was intense, deeply emotional, and contentious. In the end, commissioners choose Pathway B – Inclusion – that disappointed and dismayed us. However, the remits (printed below), to be sent down to presbyteries for approval, propose a much less exclusionary avenue. ... Read more

A Commissioner Scans the Pathways

What will best serve the Kingdom – politics or principle? That is one of several questions I have as I consider the four pathways laid out by the Special Committee of Former Moderators, whose long-awaited report was released May 21 (posted here). The committee’s report is in response to General Assembly 2018’s direction to “propose ... Read more