Making truth beautiful in Toronto

I attended the induction of a new pastor at a church in the urban core of Toronto this past Sunday. They had been looking for a pastor for three years. It’s in a strategic location and they have a storied past, but the neighborhood has changed. I was glad to see someone come in who has a solid grasp on gospel-centered ministry, and who also has a passion for the city.

I don’t know if it’s just me, but everywhere I turn I see similar things happening. Three of my friends are involved with two church plants near the heart of the city. I had lunch with someone yesterday who planted a church a few years ago just north of Toronto. I just attended a church a couple of Sundays ago and was very encouraged by what I saw. And this is only a small sample of some of the ministries around here that are encouraging me.

There’s a common thread with all of these pastors and planters. They’re all deeply theological, gospel-centered, and missional. This combination used to be rare, at least for me. Now I’m seeing it all over.

The problem is that as long as these traits – theological, gospel-centered, and missional – are abstractions, they’re only theoretical. We actually need living, breathing examples of what this looks like. To paraphrase Trevin Wax, we don’t only need truth; we need truth that’s made beautiful. That’s what these friends of mine are doing.

Trevin writes:

True information without any inspiration leads to dead orthodoxy.
Inspiration without true information leads to heresy.
I hope to always be one who proclaims the truth beautifully.
Truth that is biblical.
Truth that is beautiful.
Truth that inspires.

I’m glad to know people who are doing this.

Darryl Dash

Darryl Dash

I'm a grateful husband, father, oupa, and pastor of Grace Fellowship Church Don Mills. I love learning, writing, and encouraging. I'm on a lifelong quest to become a humble, gracious old man.
Toronto, Canada