The “house church” phenomenon

My host touched the ‘down’ button in the elevator of a high-rise apartment. Its door opened and we stepped out into underground parking.  We maneuvered around cars and crates in the musty and dark basement. Then to my surprise, I saw through an ajar door a red cross with children’s toys scattered about. The pastor welcomed … Continue reading

Missions: A surprising place to break the glass ceiling

     Ruth Thomson stepped into society as a debutante in a white gown at the Governor General’s Ball. She was nineteen in 1959, her family part of Rosedale, Toronto high society, and attending a private school. But her grand entrance and privilege didn’t forecast her life.      After graduating from Tyndale University College, … Continue reading

A Common Cup

I sat in the church where Martin Luther preached some two thousand sermons, imagining the impact his short life had on the world. Sitting in a pew, taking in the sights of The Town Church (Stadtkirche) of Wittenberg, I could almost hear his thunderous insights mixed with stories and applications fitting for his audience in … Continue reading

A Different Kind of Gang Leader

Do you want to hear a story that will moisten the eye of even the most cynical? This dramatic and hopeful saga is located in Ghana West Africa. I want you to read this remarkable story, for too often we learn of billions wasted – mostly money given government to government – lost in gaping … Continue reading

An answer to Why in Africa?

Africa’s Surprise He was the first black person I had ever met. I was a Canadian teenager and it was Sunday night church: time for the sermon. A tall, poised black preacher stood and began to speak. He had a deep, South African accent and flowing rhetoric, rich in vocabulary. I had never heard such … Continue reading