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Screwtape’s Safest Road to Hell

Are you spiralling gently toward the Lord, or are you on the safest road to hell?
by Ray David Glenn

We have reached a turning point in our sermon series through the Old Testament book of the Judges. It is a moment worth pausing to reflect.

There has been what seems like a pattern.  Israel forgets the Lord their God, serves the gods of their surrounding culture, God mercifully puts them under oppressive rule and servitude (loving them too much to leave them comfortable in idolatry), Israel cries out to the Lord, He sends a judge to deliver them and there is ‘rest in the land’ for as long as the judge lives.  The judge dies and the cycle starts ... more


The Splendor of Holiness

by Ray David Glenn

Any blog post on worship music immediately finds itself either fighting in the line of contentious fire or drowning in the sea of banality.  My goal is not to write anything profound or contentious.  I only hope to share a few thoughts.

What makes a good worship song?

Worship songs, be they 100 year-old hymns or modern choruses, are either objective or subjective.  I mean that they either objectively describe divine attributes and majesty, or they subjectively describe our human response.  Good worship songs will always contain both.  When God’s people gather they do best to sing the attributes, character, ... more


Why I am not going to Nairobi

by Ray David Glenn

Why am I not going to Nairobi?

Yes, that’s right.  I am not going.

In a word: Matthew.

About two weeks ago Matthew began to express deep concern about my trip to Nairobi.  He had heard of the terrorist attacks on the Westgate Mall and came to me with tears in his eyes saying, “Daddy, please don’t go.  I can’t lose you, too.”  He was anxious and worried sick.

We talked and prayed. What was I to do?

Matthew then gathered himself together, wiped away the tears and looked straight into my eyes.  He said, “Daddy.  You take a few ... more


Thanksgiving Letter

by Ray David Glenn

Some of my earliest memories are from church, singing songs and choruses. One of those choruses comes to mind as I write this Thanksgiving letter. It may seem twee, but wisdom often hides in simplicity.

Count your blessings, name them one-by-one.
Count your blessings see what God has done.
Count your blessings, name them one-by-one.
Count your many blessings, see what God has done. 

You probably couldn’t resist the urge to sing it, if you know the song. And now it will be on repeat in your head for the rest of the day. You can begin with thanksgiving that ... more


My Trip to Nairobi – Update

by Ray David Glenn

Within 2 hours of posting our need for funds to cover travel expenses, I received an encouraging email.

We have already received enough money to cover my trip and a small surplus! The surplus will be offered to delegates from the global south who may need help getting to the conference.

Thank you for your generosity.

Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. – Philippians 4:17

Keep praying for the GAFCon meeting.... more


Pray for my trip to Nairobi

by Ray David Glenn

The shooting of innocent civilians in a mall has thrust Nairobi, Kenya into the headlines of every news outlet. The Somali Islamist al-Shabab militants siege has left at least 62 people dead, 63 missing and some 200 injured.

Although happening on a distant continent and loaded with complex political overtones, the personal tragedy has gripped North American hearts with compassion.  Imagine taking your family to Mapleview Mall to buy a new pair of jeans only to find yourself in the middle of a fire-fight, fleeing for your life and desperately protecting your children.  The horror is unthinkable.

This story has ... more


Happy (Real) New Year!

by Ray David Glenn

On January 1st we count down the seconds to 12 am and the beginning of a new year in the Gregorian calendar.  The liturgical calendar marks Advent 1 as the beginning of the new year.  But everyone with school-aged children knows that the New Year really begins the Tuesday after Labour Day.

The same is true with our church programs at St. G’s.  So many of our ministries have just returned from summer hiatus.  I know that several small group bible studies are now back in full-swing.  We have just started a new sermon series that will carry us through ... more


The Holy Spirit is Working Still

by Ray David Glenn

This is Ray David’s cover article from the Pentecost By George Newsletter.

“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” And ... more


Why Does St. George’s Exist?

by Ray David Glenn

Why does St. George’s exist? If we shut the doors tomorrow would anyone, other than our members, notice?

Our upcoming move into our new ministry center in Alton Village gives us this unique opportunity to ask, study and pray through these questions.  Ultimately we want to understand who God is calling us to be and what that looks like.  Really, so much of this is already implied in our life together.  The answers to these questions form the unspoken reasons why people join, or leave St. George’s.  The task is not to re-invent the wheel.  Nor is the task to ... more


But Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

by Ray David Glenn

Last week, David Mainse gave me the written testimony of my paternal grandfather, which he found in his old bible school’s yearbook. Below is the salvation story of my grandfather.

Listen to the sermon it inspired here.

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