No Hope of Resurrection

by Andrew Stephens-Rennie

It seems to me that the biggest hindrance to mainline churches in Canada is a wishy-washy stance on the resurrection. Without resurrection, there is no hope past the grave. Without resurrection, death is the end.

Is that why so many denominations are holding onto crumbling buildings and keeping on life support congregations that should have long ago died? Without the belief that God can do a new thing, or that the dead can be raised to new life, we’re only left with the sheer force of will required to preserve that which has been until now.

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Andrew Stephens-Rennie
Andrew is a writer, dreamer and organizer with a keen interest in developing leaders in faith, compassion and justice.

He currently serves as the Director of Missional Renewal for the Anglican Diocese of Kootenay on the unceded territories of the Sinixt, Syilx, and Ktunaxa nations. He previously served as the Director of Ministry Innovation at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, BC.

Andrew is cofounder and contributing editor at, and co-editor of "A Sort of Homecoming: Essays Honoring the Academic and Community Work of Brian Walsh" with Marcia Boniferro and Amanda Jagt.

One Response to “No Hope of Resurrection”

  1. Working and Resurrection | Dev Presbyterian Record

    […] Stephens-Rennie posted this brief but provocative thought on Empire Remixed this week, and I wanted to share the idea here. Is he onto something?  Are we mainlining Presbys […]


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