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Cliffs Notes: April 9, 2024

For years now I have recommended to boards and leadership teams Ruth Halley Barton’s, Pursuing God’s Will Together: A Discernment Practice for Leadership Groups. In fact, I invited the Board of Administration to read it together when I first became Bishop. One of the gold nuggets in her book is the […]

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Cliffs Notes: April 2, 2024

My friends, this week our pastors and delegates will have full access to the General Conference agenda and reports. Their job is now to bring these reports to their boards / leadership teams in order to discuss. At General Conference there will be “town hall” meetings on the Thursday and Friday

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Cliffs Notes: March 26, 2024

Holy Week. Palm Sunday. Maundy Thursday. GOOD FRIDAY. EASTER! “Thank You Jesus for Your sacrifice. Thank You for living with us, loving, healing, delivering, teaching and giving us hope. Thank You for submitting to a betrayal, a kangaroo court, false allegations, beatings, humiliation, rejection, and death. Thank You for being the

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Cliffs Notes: March 19, 2024

I worshiped with Chapel Ridge FM on Sunday. Such a warm welcome, enthusiastic praise and prayer. At the end of the service, the very gifted worship leader introduced us to a “new song”, one that was written by someone in the congregation, who has chosen to remain anonymous. It was

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Cliffs Notes: March 12, 2024

We have elected a new Bishop! Please take time this week to pray for our Bishop-elect as they prepare for their transition. To the Bishop Leadership Task Force, thank you for prayerfully discerning, for carefully processing nominations, interviewing, reference checking and finally deciding. Part of what it means to be Free

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Cliffs Notes: March 5, 2024

Solutions for Non-Thriving – Read to the End… Seven years ago, I challenged us to prayerfully pursue a sanctified imagination. I am confident, that like me, you assumed that this would lead to wonderful things. Perhaps we imagined thriving congregations, with many converts, positive community presence, and great financial blessing!

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Cliffs Notes: February 27, 2024

Black History Month & Scripture Reading I have been grateful to hear about a few of the meaningful and significant initiatives that some of our churches have engaged in during Black History Month. For instance, each Sunday at Mississauga Grace an inspirational story is being told about followers of Jesus

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Cliffs Notes: February 20, 2024

Your Listening Diet Allow me to direct this to Christian leaders, though it is an important question for all followers of Jesus: what is your listening diet? What is the nature or character of what you allow to pour into you? There is One who wants very much to “pour”

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Cliffs Notes: February 13, 2024

Civil War? I recently read a book entitled, “How Civil Wars Start”. It was troubling. The researcher outlines the key elements present and/or necessary to unsettle a nation and create internal violent strife. The research is based on all the data we have about civil wars throughout history. The author

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Cliffs Notes: February 6, 2024

This weekend I was in Madoc for Pastor Tyler’s induction service. Some children stood and gave a fun and creative speech, which included the words, “we already love you!” I loved hearing that. Our beloved retired minister Rev. Carl Bull has always said that our people need to know that their

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