Nourish the Soul

Ray David Glenn | September 4, 2012 |

Matthew began grade 5 today. After an entire summer of rising early to take on some adventure or other, my dear son chose to sleep in today.

I woke him up, made him an egg, hash brown and orange juice.  I then packed his lunch, complete with a few little treats.  The proper nourishment of his body is important.

I ran the shower and set out a new pair of shorts, a brand new, clean white shirt and shiny sneakers.  I combed his hair and insisted that he brush his teeth.  Caring for his appearance is vital.

We were about to rush out the door when a thought hit me like a ton of bricks.

I have nourished his body and cared for his outer appearance. What about his soul?

Our harried pace allowed us enough time to sit down, read from the scriptures and pray.

Parents, consider the amount of time we spend adorning our children’s outer appearance and nourishing their bodies.  Place a greater priority on nourishing their souls.

 


A Week in Philippians

Ray David Glenn | May 31, 2012 |

Bryan, Jonathan, Ray and I spent the past three days at the Gospel Coalition conference in Cambridge.  The theme was The Priority of the Gospel and plenary speakers moved us through Paul’s letter to the Philippians, verse-by-verse.

It was glorious.

Spending time under the clear exposition of God’s Word fed my soul, convicted me of my sin and pressed me into my Saviour.  The fellowship was rich.  Several other ANiC clergy were there, including my friend David Short from St. John’s Church in Vancouver.  Don Carson is one of the non-dead guys I read.  Meeting him was a treat, as you can see by the smile on my face.

 


What I meant to say

Ray David Glenn | May 29, 2012 |

Matthew and I were invited to the taping of 100 Huntley Street last night.  They are celebrating their 50th anniversary this week and invited all of the past hosts to join the founder, David Mainse, on air.

We sat front row, waiting for our turn to be welcomed and briefly interviewed.  As David began to welcome us a picture of Rhonda came on the screen.  David, Matthew and I basically spent the entire time crying together.

I was unable to say what I wanted.

Here is what  meant to say:

  • It was an honour for Matthew and me to be there on Rhonda’s behalf.
  • We hear from 100 Huntley Street viewers who still pray for us.  Thank you.
  • The promises of the gospel are dear.  Though in Adam all die, so also in Christ, will all be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:22)

Producers of 100 Huntley Street have repeatedly asked if I would come on the program for an extended interview.  I have assured them I will, at some point.  When I am ready.


A church that prays together …

Ray David Glenn | May 28, 2012 | 3 Responses

Matthew and I took a two hour shift from 9-11pm on Friday.  Arriving we found Roger and Annette engaged in earnest prayer.  We left when Bryan arrived, guitar in hand, ready to praise Jesus and pray for you and your families.

I looked at the schedule of faithful pray-ers covering solid prayer from 7pm Friday evening until 10am Sunday morning and I was thankful.  You have heard it said, ‘The family that prays together stays together.’  I’m sure this is true of church families, too.

I was humbled to think of the sacrifice made by dozens of St. George’ites, praying into the wee hours for people they had never met.

I was thankful to serve a church where we believe that God still acts.

I am excited to hear reports of friends and family members changing their minds, repenting, and following Jesus.

Over the next few days, we will gather together the notes you wrote in the prayer chapel.  These will be posted on our website.  Would you take a moment to comment here on this blog, sharing your experiences in prayer from this past weekend?


Rhonda

Ray David Glenn | May 25, 2012 |

May 26th will mark the 2nd anniversary of Rhonda’s death.

I miss her.  I know we all miss her.

Matthew and I talk regularly about Rhonda, recalling fond memories and still coming to grips with the events that led to her quick, untimely passing.  Rhonda came up in conversation over lunch with Bishop Charlie on Wednesday.  We talked about her life and agreed that she faced her own death with certain confidence in her Lord and in His care.  This was a gift she gave everyone who knew her.

Thousands of people knew Rhonda in some way.  I had supper with friends last night and my heart felt thankful-proud-humbled-sad-sick-lonesome when they told me that they have a closer relationship with God because of Rhonda’s friendship.  Some people knew Rhonda from television, some from law school, some as my wife and others from the bleachers at the hockey arena.  As the person who knew her best I can assure you that you all knew the same Rhonda.  She was the same whether in the studio, in the church, or sitting on the curb watching the children play.

Today and tomorrow I will take time to thank God for Rhonda.  You may... continued


Good News!

Ray David Glenn | May 11, 2012 |

 

 

 

I have spent the past few weeks praying for you and for your friends and family members who have not yet surrendered to Jesus as Lord and Saviour.  I guess I’m getting a jump on the Penetcost Prayer Vigil.

I’ve also been thinking about things; namely, God, Jesus, the Bible, St. George’s and Burlington.

Over coffee on Wednesday morning, my friend Andrew was sharing his passion, zeal (and yes, even a bit of frustration) in getting the good news that changed his life out to Burlington.  You see Andrew intuitively knows what we all know:

1) God has good news for all of Burlington

2) The Bible records the good news of Jesus

3) St. George’s reason for being lies somewhere in proclaiming that good news to Burlington

It is all about God, Jesus, the Bible, St. George’s and Burlington.

Now here’s where the rubber meets the road.  You are St. George’s.  I am St. George’s.  We are St. George’s.

With whom are you intentionally sharing the good news?  How’s it going?

We had our monthly Executive Council meeting last night.  During the meeting we went around the table, each of the three trustees talking... continued


Pray. Prioritize. Participate.

Ray David Glenn | May 4, 2012 |

As you can see, Ken’s love of alliteration has rubbed off on me.  Not really, but here’s my point:  May is an incredibly busy month here at St. George’s.  We are not just busy for the sake of being busy.  We are busy running programs designed to introduce people to Jesus, to grow people up in their life with Jesus and to worship Jesus together.

But none of these programs will have any effect in your life unless you pray, prioritize and participate.

Here are some of the programs you should pray about prioritizing and participating in:

First Communion Classes – May 6th and 13th, with First Communion happening on May 27th

Rise Up, O Men of God – May 4th and 5th

Garage and Bake Sale – May 5th when we will be introducing ourselves to our new neighbours at the site of our new church home

Women’s Afternoon Fellowship – May 10th

Youth Retreat – May 11th and 12th

Pentecost Prayer Vigil – May 25th, 26th, and 27th have been set aside for corporate prayer.  Check the sign-up sheet to cover an hour of prayer and fill in a card with the first name and last initial of... continued


Pray for Our Mayor

Ray David Glenn | May 3, 2012 |

Over 600 leaders gathered this morning at the Burlington Convention Centre to pray for our mayor, Rick Goldring.  Our very own Gillian Fernie has served on the steering committee for this important event for several years and, once again, St. George’s was well represented.

I had opportunity to visit with the mayor, updating him on our building project and assuring him that we pray for him often.

The Honourable James R. H. Turnbull was the keynote speaker.  He told a bit of his life story, growing up in Hamilton, being a successful lawyer and eventually being called to the bench.  His was the typical story of a successful man, convinced he didn’t need the crutch of religion. Until one day, he came home from a handball tournament to discover that his wife had become a born-again Christian.  He began to ask the big questions, like, “What is life all about?”

Turnabull said that this launched him on a journey of exploring Christian faith.  As a judge he was required to make decisions based on facts and evidence, so he considered the natural world and decided that such elegance only made sense of their was an intelligent creator.  Then, what... continued


The Worst Day of My Life

Ray David Glenn | April 27, 2012 |

My life radically changed on this date in 2010.

I was finishing up lectures at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, PA when I received the worst phone call.  It was my wife, Rhonda. “Davey, I’m in the hospital.  I have a brain tumor,” she said.  I rushed to the airport and flew home.  Ed Lewis met me at Toronto Pearson airport and we drove to Hamilton General hospital.  It was the saddest day in my life.

Rhonda died less than a month later, on May 26th.

Today, I write this blog from London Heathrow airport.  I am flying home, again, having spent the week with leaders in the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.  The theme for the conference was The Sufficiency and Uniqueness of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

I am committed to walking honestly through this journey of grief and pain, so I will not lie to you; the past year has held times of deep pain and sadness for both Matthew and me.  Having said that, not every day is sad.  In fact, more and more, I find myself able to engage memories of my wife.  I am better able to process my loss.  On this... continued


From London

Ray David Glenn | April 26, 2012 |

It has been my honour to represent Canada and St. George’s, in particular, at the leadership conference for the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.  Today is the fourth day of the conference.  The days have been packed with solid biblical exposition, reports from around the world, and strategic planning meetings.

Over 200 Anglican leaders from nearly 35 countries have gathered here in London around one theme; The Uniqueness and Sufficiency of Christ.  It has been challenging, moving and encouraging.

During our morning worship sessions we have moved through parts of the Letter to the Colossians, focusing our attention on the uniqueness of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Then our plenary sessions have looked in Hebrews and Ephesians, expounding the themes of Christ’s Lordship over His creation and over His Church.  I can truly say that we have feasted upon rich fare as able bible teachers have led us each day.

From these plenary sessions, we have broken out into smaller groups to begin defining the terms of our fellowship in the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans.  I have shared on the working group labouring to define the gospel in its own biblical terms.  This has been hard work, but rewarding. ... continued


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