Welcome to my blog. I’m a Christian minister (or pastor if you prefer) within the Presbyterian Church in Canada, serving St. Andrew’s Church in Ancaster. I’m also a husband and father of two young children.
I’ve been blogging off and on since 2011. I write on my own journey of walking with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Christian spirituality, teaching and practice, as well as how following Jesus connects with what’s going on in our local communities here in Canada and around the world.
The name of the blog comes from some words written by one of my predecessors at Norval Presbyterian (my first congregation), the Rev. Norman McMillan. Describing the the vision held by the founders of the congregation, he said the following: “It was their desire to build to the Glory of God a Church that would prove to be a House of Prayer and Sanctuary for the oppressed.”
These words struck a chord with me as I started in ministry, and still speak to my hopes for the Church of Jesus and my role in it. I pray that God would give me the grace to lead the local church in becoming a house of prayer where people can personally encounter and be transformed by the Living God in Jesus Christ. I pray equally that the local church can truly be a place of sanctuary for all who are oppressed by the trouble and brokenness of this world – especially those who are poor, wounded and excluded. In short I pray for a church that is like Jesus.