Of all of the guests to the first Joint Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the Anglican Church in Canada, the Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was by far the most challenging. Bishop Hanson spoke eloquently of the crossroads at which both the ELCA and ELCIC find ourselves. Truly the most rousing speech of the Joint Assembly.
Barbara Rossing’s book The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation changed the way I approach the material in the Book of Revelation. After reading the book and using it as the basis of an adult study the loathing and trepidation I always felt about dealing with the content of this troublesome tome was replaced by a desire to encourage people to take another look at what this book might offer us as we struggle with the awesome task of treading the earth lightly.
Rossing sees both a critique of our culture and a message of hope for creation in this all too often abused piece of scripture.