Farther along

A surprising thing happened last week - I was inducted as the 14th Senior Minister of Knox Presbyterian Church in Toronto.  Not that this induction was unexpected - it was a five month wait for myself and the people of Knox. But surprising, nonetheless.  Ask the “five years ago Phil,” and I would’ve never guessed… Continue reading Farther along

On wallflowers and kite-flying

Today is the greatest wall flower Christian celebration of all time and yet one of the most powerfully hopeful days - Ascension Day (admit it, you missed it, didn’t you?). I love this day for all sorts of reasons: it is the culmination of Christ’s ministry, it is the next stage of God’s mission, and… Continue reading On wallflowers and kite-flying

The new normal and Sabbath keeping: practicing 24/6

In the last post, I observed what I’m seeing as a changing worship pattern - twice a month as the new normal.  While these trends in worship patterns are interesting data to observe, the more important question is about how we practice Sabbath. The changing worship patterns are, in some measure, a reaction to the… Continue reading The new normal and Sabbath keeping: practicing 24/6

Will my smartphone make me stupid?

Hello again - I've been absent for a while, dealing with a major life transition (same wife and kids - thank God - but new job, new location, and what feels like a new life).  But enough dust has settled and boxes unpacked to make writing possible.  So here we go: **************************************************** http://youtu.be/jdpQir1sqiQ I’m moving… Continue reading Will my smartphone make me stupid?

Saying our prayers, part V – praying in community

(Today I’m adding to a series of posts on the ancient Christian practice of praying the daily office - here are links to part I, part II, part III, and part IV). The ancient practice of praying the daily office was radically ahead of its time, anticipating the transient, mobile world we now inhabit. The… Continue reading Saying our prayers, part V – praying in community