Pastor, Test Yourself

This is a test one church uses for elders (pastors). Even if you are unable to accomplish the test, it can be used to outline your studies for the next few months!

Here’s another one. These are challenging, and are we somewhat tempted to think that such depth of knowledge is an impractical standard? Do we imagine that we have better things to do? How different would our churches be if we knew some of these things? Would we offer better counsel and teaching?

Just asking! read more

Simeon Trust

I decided at the last minute to attend this year’s Simeon Trust workshop in Toronto. It’s not too late to sign up, if anyone is interested. Link to the info here.

Charles Simeon (1759-1836) established the trust to train and develop clergy within the Church of England. His model of preacher gatherings is much older, dating back at least to the English Puritans.

I haven’t attended since 2008, but wish that, at least informally, these kind of events would be more frequent, even monthly. Odd, that now we have so much in the way of time-savers, we have so little time to show for it. read more

In Case You Thought Orange is a Safe Colour

Notes from the NDP Consitution:

“That the production and distribution of goods and services shall be directed to meeting the social and individual needs of people within a sustainable environment and economy and not to the making of profit;

“To modify and control the operations of the monopolistic productive and distributive organizations through economic and social planning. Towards these ends and where necessary, the extension of the principle of social ownership….

“The New Democratic Party is proud to be associated with the democratic socialist parties of the world and to share the struggle for peace, international co-operation and the abolition of poverty. read more