Renewal Day and Annual General Meeting

This will be on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Grace West Hill Presbyterian Church in Scarborough, Ontario. The theme is "A Day of Renewal: One Mission; Three Points; Three Speakers". Theme Speakers will be Rev. Ian Shaw, Rev. Andy Cornell, and Rev. John Park. For more details and to register, click here.

When Ordination Vows are Broken

Progressive Christians continue to react with shock and dismay over the decision by the United Methodist Church to uphold the traditional definition of marriage. It didn’t take long for those who are opposed to the decision by the worldwide body to declare their next move: to continue defying church law. “We are not going anywhere,” ... Read more

Renewal News – Spring 2019

In This Issue: ● General Assembly 2018: Start Praying – Rev. Andy Cornell, Executive Director ● A Day of Renewal – April 6 at Grace West Hill, Scarborough, Ontario ● Where Vertical Meets Horizontal – Practicing Collective Neighbourliness – Jason McKinney, Wycliffe Institute of Evangelism ● Logging Off and Looking In – A Lenten Reflection – Rev. Ian Shaw, Board Chair ● Pre-Assembly Conference Planned – Street Level – Christine O'Reilly ● Hospitality: Are our congregations truly prepared for visitors? ● A Death and Life Reflection – Rev. Ian Shaw, Board Chair ● Meet a Board Member – Rev. Stan Cox ● Congregations Spread Their Wings – Twitter ● Wanting Too Little – Expectancy Deficit Disorder – Diane Eaton ● Andy Cornell's Speaking Schedule ● Current Board Members and Staff … Read more

Holy Koinonia!

As I write this, first responders and tow truck operators are untangling 70 vehicles from a massive chain-reaction pile-up on one of Canada’s busiest highways. Squalls and blowing snow warnings have been routine from coast to coast for what seems like a week. And our poor, desperate friends in the Prairie provinces are locked in ... Read more

Proposed Constitutional Changes

Proposed revisions to the Constitution were approved by the Renewal Fellowship Board at a Board meeting on July 18, 2018, and will be voted on at the AGM on Saturday, April 6, 2019. The objects of the Renewal Fellowship are to establish means of contact and encouragement for those interested in renewal; to promote materials that provide biblical, theological comment and practical, specific ideas; to develop supportive programmes for prayer, small groups, and evangelism; and to organize conferences to strengthen the reformed and evangelical witness with our denomination. … Read more

We’ve Got it — Use it!

The ability to receive seekers at our doorsteps is essential. “People, get ready!” is what I said in my last blog. I truly believe that because so many of us are inwardly focused — prepared to deal with potential abusers but woefully incapable of talking to skeptics — the Holy Spirit isn’t encouraging people to come our way. Prepare, and I honestly believe that they will come. Part of that is prepping our virtual entrances. … Read More

People, Get Ready!

We Presbyterians are a careful bunch. We carefully follow legal process in our courts. We develop protocols when dealing with children and vulnerable adults. We study issues carefully and repeatedly, especially as they relate to doctrine. And for good reason: Insurance, due diligence, criminal record checks, The Barrier Act and guidelines for appropriate touch are ... Read more

We’re not cans of soup

Years ago, I worked in a grocery store. Cleanup went with the job. Boxes and sacks would break open, jars would shatter, cans would dent and lose their labels. There wasn’t much we could do with the broken boxes or shattered jars but the unlabelled cans could be sold at a fraction of the price. ... Read more

Good News! Great Joy!

As a deprecating remark aimed at those who puff themselves up, we make light of the term “God’s gift to the world”. Heaven help those who use it on themselves. In truth, God’s gift refers to His Son. And it’s the historic reason for Christmas gift giving, modeled on the Magi who presented gold, frankincense, ... Read more

Renewal News – Winter 2019

In this issue, meet our new Administrative Assistant and Board members, read highlights from the November Renewal Fellowship Board meeting, plan to attend the April Renewal Day and AGM, rejoice about the introduction of Cyclical PCC, mourn about church villains, ruminate about the difference between differences and divisions, and take in glimpses of renewal in the PCC … Read more