The virus of division

Two hundred years ago John Nelson Darby, a minister in the Church of England, became thoroughly disillusioned with that church, all churches in fact. He began to teach a doctrine of the ruin of the church. "The church lies in ruins and cannot be restored, revived or rebuilt." From there he moved to teaching that … Continue reading The virus of division

Quaking Dover – book review

Quaking Dover: How a Counterculture Took Root and Fluorished in Colonial New Hampshire, by Jnana Hodson. The first thing I learned from this book was that New Hampshire has frontage on the Atlantic Ocean. I have often studied the neighbouring states in the road atlas. During the 20 years that we lived in Ontario and … Continue reading Quaking Dover – book review

The solution for the Indian problem

I first wrote this article some years ago. Indian is no longer a politically correct term for Canada's indigenous population but due to the historical context I thought it best to leave it as I wrote it. Starting in 1701, the British government made treaties with the Indians living in Canada. They were open-ended arrangements, … Continue reading The solution for the Indian problem

In the world but not of the world

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (Gospel of John 17:15-17) Neville Chamberlain returned to London September 30, … Continue reading In the world but not of the world

The Queen’s English

When Queen Elizabeth spoke, her words were not erudite (scholarly) or recondite (difficult to understand). She never used words like that, at least not in her public discourses. She did not have a university education; it has been the conviction of the British Royal Family that they do not want to learn a language that … Continue reading The Queen’s English

The lady had an anchor

Princess Elizabeth made her first public speech during World War II. She was fourteen and spoke on the Children's Hour radio broadcast on October 13, 1940. "Thousands of you in this country have had to leave your homes and be separated from your fathers and mothers. My sister Margaret Rose and I feel so much … Continue reading The lady had an anchor

The vision of Robert Baldwin

I am reading a biography of Robert Baldwin, one of Canada's founding fathers. He played an important role in our history, I am very interested in that history, yet I find the book tedious. History is fascinating, yet too many historians write in a way that turns people off so that they never learn to … Continue reading The vision of Robert Baldwin

Canada Day musings

When I was a boy there were hardly any indigenous people to be seen in most parts of Saskatchewan. We knew they were out there somewhere, safely confined to Indian Reservations. Times have changed, indigenous people are making a place for themselves in the economic, cultural and social life of our province. The current Lieutenant-Governor … Continue reading Canada Day musings

Antichrist

The following passages are a brief summary of a writing entitled Antichrist which is at least 900 years old. It originated among the Albigensian Christians of southern France, around the time of Pierre de Bruys, and was preserved by the Waldensians. Readers who have a copy of the Martyrs Mirror will find a brief excerpt … Continue reading Antichrist

Without fear, without pride, without hatred

In 1940 the Nazi war machine overran France. After the surrender of the French forces, André Trocmé, a pastor in one small corner of France, told his congregation how to face an enemy who tried to do violence to their consciences. “We will oppose them with the arms of the Spirit. We will resist when … Continue reading Without fear, without pride, without hatred