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  1. John Kivell says:

    I wonder if I could put forward a prayer request. Yesterday our pastor’s daughter was attacked and killed while out walking on the walking trails here in Edson.
    Pastor Terry has posted on it on his blog.

    The Edmonton Journal has a story on it here,

    Please pray for pastor Terry Stauffer, his wife Juanita, and their children Josh, Petra and Anne, for the congregation of Edson Baptist Church, and for the Town of Edson AB, that God’s glory might be seen in these difficult times.

    Thank you,
    John K

  2. Peter says:

    Hello John – that is tragic indeed. I’ll post on it.

  3. Jonathan+ says:

    I guess this is just a question… this blog is linked from the Anglican Essentials website, and it bears the Anglican Essentials logo – but it seems to be overrun by ANiC. Now, recognizing the ANiC’s roots in Essentials, this is understandable. However, wouldn’t it be appropriate – considering that the ANiC has constituted itself as a separate body from the ACoC, and that Essentials is still a group within the ACoC – that the two would have separate blogs? Just an idea.

  4. Peter says:

    Hello Jonathan,

    Well, “overrun” might not be a term I would use, but I take your point. Though, you do need to note that ANiC is, at least at this present time, very much a part of Anglican Essentials. Leaving the ACoC did not change that.

    We would be glad to have somebody speak from an Essentials ‘Federation’ perspective, but have unfortunately found the response rather thin on the ground at present.

    PS I am not ANiC, I am AEN (confused yet?) and not too far away from you 🙂

  5. Jonathan+ says:

    I do remember meeting you not long ago. I wonder, then, at the wisdom of separate Network (specifically ANiC, rather than AEN) and Federation blogs. I guess that’s what I was trying to say – though I didn’t realize the importance of such clear terminological distinctions until last week at the Consultation in Toronto.

  6. Sam says:

    Do you want to publish Ron Corcoran’s sermon so poorly parsed by BBS?

  7. Once again , it is unseemly that any Christian group would align itself with the like of Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria , who pushed for laws in his country that are the most draconian anti-gay laws on the planet , including such items as imprisonment for two or more gay persons to be found in the same establishment at the same time ; such as dining in a restaurant. The logical conclusion is that conservative Anglican groups here in Canada would fully support such primitive laws here , also. It is likely only a matter of time before the Nigerian injustices are proposed as law here , by the religious right. The consequences of such a move will be historic. Along the same lines , I have launched an investigation into the practice of allowing nurses and student nurses who have graduated from , or are affiliated with ; conservative religious schools of nursing , access to homosexual patients in our hospitals. With their theological abhorrence of our state of being , can they be trusted with the lives they despise?

  8. Kate says:

    What Bishop Akinola actually did was support a softening of the laws against homosexuality that the Muslim governments of various Nigerian states proposed. As to your later point – all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. All life is precious to Him, no exceptions. I would expect the Christian nurses that you are so suspicious of would understand that better than most.

  9. Warren says:

    One does not have to read too closely between Bart’s lines to get the idea that it is he who would like to start taking away rights – the rights of those who don’t agree with him and his sense of morality. Heaven forbid that the nurses of whom he speaks would ever have to rely on his care as I suspect that he feels that society would be better off without them. Bart’s views are held by many in our society and the Christian church in Canada may start to suffer mild persecution in the near future. To some degree, this persecution may even be deserved as many who have claimed the title Christian have acted in a very unchristian manner (may God forgive me for my own failings in this regard). Our Lord has also called us to suffer for His name.

    Moving farther into the realm of speculation, Bart likely believes (in good conscience no doubt) that his sense of morality is far more highly developed than that of those who superstitiously put their belief in an entity that they can’t even see. Of course, it is probable that he also believes that truth is relative and based on the current mores of society; which removes the logical foundation for belief in morality in the first place. All in all, a tired line that I hear repeated often; especially from the “new atheists”.

    Bart, as Kate has pointed out, Christians should be the first to recognize that they fall far short of God’s requirements and must rely wholly on His grace for salvation. There is nothing that any of us can do to atone for our sinful, defiant and ungrateful behaviour in the face of a holy God; it is only through the death of His Son that we can be reconciled to Him. I do not deny that, in my flesh, I may despise someone else (my sinful nature at work), and I must turn to God and rely on the Holy Spirit to see that person for who they really are – a creation of God and someone who, in God’s eyes, may be less sinful than I. I am called to love them as myself and, if I don’t, I can’t rightfully claim to be a follower of Christ or expect God to forgive my sins.

    Many apologies for such a long comment on a thread such as this. Maybe it’s an addiction. Feel free to remove as you see fit.

  10. Hunter Fitzgerald says:

    “orphans” in Calgary Alberta

  11. My name is Jachin Charley, I am form India. I am serving the Lord as an Evangelist and helping the poor. I have started Jesus Gospel Ministry. Please pray for us.

    Please visit our website

  12. Greg Brown says:

    Hi everyone:

    For those of you who are interested in debating Canadian Anglican issues, I invite you all to join us at:

  13. Warren says:

    Greg (#12), are you trying to start a war? From skimming several comments, it appears that my Christian presuppositions and world view have little in common with the regulars on the list.

    More importantly, the mechanization of the Canang list reminds me of something from the early 90s. It would be like going from Vista back to DOS. Way too painful for me. Also, I can tell up front that any comment I would make would be rejected by the regulars. That means I would be engaging in polemics. I don’t mind doing so, but, if I’m going to go to the effort to construct an apologetic argument, I want to post it where it might get a little more exposure. Change your format and I might drop by.

  14. Kenneth says:

    Mine is to thank your team for the sober understanding of the Gay situation in that part of the world. Whether Gay or not, we are all sinners. We only receive God’s forgiveness through the grace of our lord Jesus Christ not through our deeds and personal status.
    I wish to communicate with all those with whom I share this persecution.

  15. Jack S. Pratt says:

    I don’t know if anyone reads the Globe and Mail, but they are doing a series about declining religiosity in Canada.

    It’s a five-part series. The Anglican Church is mentioned a couple times so far. The series is a bit of a downer IMHO, and reading all the comments is rather depressing considering people keep slamming Christianity, but it gives a sobering picture of what is taking place in Canada. I do take exception to the fact the G&M says “only” immigrants are religious. Obviously the newspaper has asked every non-immigrant in this country if they believe in God.

  16. Kate says:

    Oh well. Every Christmas and Easter the major newspaper chains run something negative about Christianity. I don’t tend to bother to read them – I don’t want to be down at Christmas!

  17. Jack S. Pratt says:

    Good point Kate. I guess I shouldn’t take all slams against Christianity as a personal offence.

  18. Kate says:

    I do take them as personal offence. That’s why I don’t read them!

  19. Jack S. Pratt says:

    So is it accurate to call someone a “liberal apostate”? Or should it just be apostate. I know people in this blog talk of the ACoC primate as an apostate due to some of his (in)actions, but is it correct to say liberal apostate or does apostate work just fine?

    I will admit, I’m not all that knowledgeable about Anglicanism, its history, and how the changes occurring are for the worse. I particularly am slightly noobish with the different terms and phrases used to describe people.

  20. Kate says:

    There’s one person who likes the word “apostate” who comments here. I think we need to be careful with labels – but I do think it is accurate to say that the ACoC has lost its way.

  21. Jack S. Pratt says:

    Can you tell me what it means to be “liberal catholic”? Does that mean someone at least respects tradition?

  22. Kate says:

    I doubt it, but it is hard to know. Those terms are thrown around in a very slippery way, sometimes.

  23. Maya says:

    Just wanted to know, if mail is hidden why does my e-mail appear in every blog I participate in. Could you kindly hide it, seeing that you already have it. Thank you and blessings.

  24. David says:

    Your email doesn’t appear to other users. You probably see it in your computer because it is stored locally in a “cookie” so that you don’t have to retype it.

  25. Maya says:

    Blessings and thanks,
    P.S. My past computers crashed and now hopefully my third and new one will not give me trouble. With this I had to sign in again and so the confusion.

  26. David says:

    Thanks Jack – yes it was.

  27. Jack S. Pratt says:

    Does anyone ever get the feeling sometimes that we’re/you’re fighting a losing battle on the whole SSM issue? I mean, the younger crowd coming up is all open to pretty much anything and everything these days, including gay marriage, and they look upon the older crowd as being “closed minded” and things like that.

    At the same time, it’s difficult to even engage in conversations with others of differing opinions because we/you get told to “get off your soapbox”. I frankly am running out of things to fight/argue back with, especially on the AJ message boards and commenting on stories there. It seems most people who comment there are in favour of SSM, making it seem as if my conversational/argumentative “ammo” is pretty much having no effect.

    Anyway, I guess I’ll get off my soapbox now, hehe.

  28. HEB,5:4.

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    Many Christian greetings from Rev,Bro:Ilyas Raza Chowk Azam Distt:Layyah Punjab-Pakistan.
    I would like to bring into you great and kind knowledge that i am glad to inform you the GOOD NEWS from my church (ACC) Anglican Catholic Church Distt:Layyah.

    Our Most Right,Rev.Bishop Brian Iverch is comming in Pakistan from Australia for my Diaconate.My christian communities/family/church invite you for this great occian.

    My dear sir,i request you please i need your lot of prayers and also need your great financial help because our church want to provide the great lunch for guests which are comming from far and near.

    If you need more information please do not feel hasitation to contect with me or church.


    God bless you and your children/team.

    Yours In Christ
    Rev,Bro:Ilyas Raza
    Anglican catholic Church
    Ward # 10 Chowk Azam
    Teh,Distt:Layyah Punjab-Pakistan

  29. Jack S. Pratt says:

    Hey is anybody paying attention to this case in the Supreme Court?!

    If this guy loses, we’re all going to be accused of being anti-gay bashers and our Bible will be considered a hate-speech book and they’ll probably starting destroying them!

  30. Ken says:

    If Anglican Essentials Canada had disbanded as of Dec. 31, what will become of this blog? Will it continue at this URL or elsewhere?

  31. David says:

    No decisions have been made yet, so the blog will be continuing here for the moment. If it moves, the new location will be posted.

  32. Fran Coughlin says:

    I am trying to get in touch with Robin Guinness for a friend. It is important. Please email me back with who I can speak to about Robin.

  33. Kate says:

    Hi Fran,

    Robin is the associate priest at Christ the King Toronto. The contact info is here:

  34. Reg Rees says:

    Can you help me locate e-mail addresses and Tel. #s of Rev. Murray Henderson and Rev. Brett Caine.

  35. David says:

    There is an email contact at the bottom of the ACA website here

  36. Jason Antonio says:

    Can anyone tell me what the two titles of Michael Ingham’s books are and where I can possibly find them? He is coming to my area in September to speak and I want to read up on what he has had to say. Thanks.

  37. Monica Liau says:

    We are a group of approximately 55 members belonging to the True Jesus Church in Vancouver who reside in Surrey/Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam. We have established ourselves in the Surrey area for over five years and have been renting from Amazing Grace United Chapel, Surrey, for our services for over a year now. We are currently looking to purchase suitable premises for worship purposes.
    If there is a possibility of your selling a chapel in Surrey, BC, presently or in the near future, or know of a chapel that is on the market, I would greatly appreciate it if you could contact me as soon as possible. Please call me at (604) 664-7845, email me.

  38. Jack S. Pratt says:

    I realize this is about Catholics, but it is still an interesting article. The equivalent of this group in the Anglican world could be…Exodus International?

  39. Kathy says:

    How do I submit a Prayer request?

  40. Kevin Tucker says:

    Just letting you guys know that Living Hope Christian Church in Scarborough, Ontario is moving from its present location at 1100 Bellamy Road to St Thomas More Catholic School at 2300 Ellesmere Road in Scarborough beginning September 8th. 2 services, Traditional at 8:45am and Charismatic at 10:45am Coffee to follow both services. Prayer ministry at both services.

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