Matters of FAITH
By Tony Copple   Bio

Is Jesus God?

What's so Great abut Christianity?

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If you aren't living like there's a living God, you had better be right.

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Media | Ministries | Music | Ottawa (street) missions | Renewal | Science | Spititual warfare | Stewardship, economics |

My personal vision statement
I am in ministry for The Lord; not ordained, with a heart for Christian leadership, teaching, and encouragement of seekers after truth. I envisage a time when love for Jesus is the norm, and religious divisions are a thing of the past.

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through
Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
- Rom 8:1-2

It's June 19, 1984, QPR stadium, London. I am here with thousands to see Luis Palau, evangelist. Ten years before I was a convinced atheist - certain there was no God and anyone who believed otherwise was in fantasy land. Luis's message of redemption in Christ convicted me. His cool logic appealed to my engineer's brain. I now wanted to do something with my new faith. Actually it was God who laid His hand on me that night. Luis was His agent.

How wonderful it is that so many people believe in God. If you believe, what could be more important in the universe than He, since He made it? If you knew someone was in danger, but didn't do anything to save them, how would you feel? If you know Jesus, but not how to show others how important he is, are you being true to yourself? Don't just have a nominal belief in God. Find out more! Your whole future depends on it. By the way, a good start to finding out about these things is The Alpha course. Check it out.


The Billy Graham Mission to Ottawa took place June 25 - 28, 1998. For many, and certainly for me, life will not be the same from then on. I commend all activity of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

In 1997 I took the Alpha course at Trinity Presbyterian, Kanata. Wow! Am I glad I joined Alpha. Here's a good description. I then helped as a group leader at the next Trinity Alpha course in February 1998, and in Nov / Dec 98 co-led the first Alpha at Glen Cairn United Church. For information on all the Alpha Courses in the Ottawa West area, visit Checkout GCUC Alpha. Do Alpha, whatever step of the faith ladder you are on. It will really make a difference in your life. There was an Alpha Conference in Ottawa, October 26 & 27, 2001, which I helped to organize.

The Heart of Ottawa Mission, Sept 16 - 20, 2000, brought Affinity Group Evangelism to Ottawa led by evangelists Leighton Ford and Lon Allison. This was a rare chance to invite pre-Christian friends to any of the Common interest groups. I had joined the Christian Businessmen's Committee earlier in the year and my suggestion to host an affinity group with Lon Allison as speaker was followed through.

After convinced atheism in my 20's, (following on from a Christian childhood) God found me around 1975, and started me on my Faith Journey beginning with a jolt in the area of prophecy, and culminating with Luis Palau's Mission to London, which I first visited 19 June 1984. It was from Luis that I received the basic grounding in my beliefs today. He undertook another mission in UK in 1998.

I am Church of England (= Anglican) and since coming to Canada in 1987 have worshipped mainly in the United Church of Canada, until June 2002. Laurie-Ann, my wife, is an evangelical charismatic, worshipping before our June 1999 marriage mainly in Woodbridge Presbyterian Church, Vaughan, near Toronto. She has previous background in the United Church, Baptist and Vineyard.

I held the chairs of Worship and also of Stewardship at Glen Cairn United Church, Kanata, and was webmaster. I occasionally preached when the minister was away. Laurie-Ann worshipped at GCUC for a year and helped introduce contemporary music very occasional. Sheila Currie-Alder originally suggested I set up an IP Area on Freenet, and this grew first into "Kanata Churches," following which I developed the GCUC web site, also on NCF.

The then moderator of the United Church of Canada, Rt. Revd. Bill Phipps, caused a stir November '97 here in Ottawa when he elaborated publicly about his personal faith - or lack of it - in some of the traditional beliefs of Christianity such as the virgin birth, the resurrection and the full divinity of Christ. This sparked a national discussion both inside and outside church circles, and fired with my enthusiasm from the Alpha course, I set up the Moderator Web Site to chronicle the debate, which attracted a fair amount of feedback.

As a delayed reaction to the Phipps effect and the influence of freemasonry in GCUC I decided to leave the United Church in 2002 and after a telephone survey of most of the Kanata churches decided to come home to my roots and join Laurie-Ann at St. Paul's Anglican. June 9th was the first time we had driven to our regular church together in two years. It was a warm feeling, though I have very fond memories of the folk at GCUC.

I was introduced to some of the research being done on apparent subliminal coding in the Bible though a program on 100 Huntley Street when the Grant Jeffrey, the author of "The Signature of God" was interviewed. Dr Jeffrey Satinover and others have further researched this, some refuting the previous claims. The movie The Omega Code on the same subject is already the most successful Christian movie ever. L-A and I watched it on our first night on our New Orleans holiday on 6 April 2001 where it was in the timeshare video library. We have since viewed "Megiddo" - Omega Code II - on DVD in March 2002, available from your local video store, and enjoyed it a lot. Interesting to compare these with "Left Behind" another very successful end times film which we had seen on DVD, and was the first of the "Left Behind" series of books by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.

Have you tapped into the incredible power of prayer?

Heard of The Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship (TACF)? Want to hear about it? Click!

I love Christian music, traditional and modern, from hymns via gospel to Christian contemporary pop and rock. CHRI-FM 99.1 here in Ottawa has really boosted my love for this genre.

I took the Ottawa Pastoral Care Course in 1994, and serve as a Pastoral Care Team member at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Kanata.

Prominently on this Faith page, I want to commend the vital work of Dr. Laura Schlessinger, whom you can hear most days on hundreds of North American radio stations. She visited Ottawa on Sunday May 3, 98. I have listen to Dr. Laura's phone-in program frequently, and believe that single handedly she's doing the work of churches (all churches/synagogues; she's Jewish) for the majority of today's generation, who didn't have the privilege of growing up in a religious environment, and she's doing a good job teaching morality.
Thank God for Dr. Laura. A generation of children should. Her phone in number is 1-800-375-2882, and her fax is 1-213-487-6678.

Links to items of renewal, evangelism, faith, etc

Disclaimer: Although the sites below are selected because their content seems to me to me based on pure Christianity, some links could conceivably lead to less savoury destinations. Should you find such a link that is not helpful, I would appreciate your feedback.


  • Renewal Ministries - multi-denominational
  • Prophecy
  • Rev. Don Anderson's Site and The Petition to UCCAN re "Bearing Faithful Witness."
  • The (previous) Moderator
  • Petition to preserve the Bible
  • Christianity in UK not in the dumps - by Cannon Michael Green
  • Opus Dei - Roman Catholic
  • towards forgiveness between denominations

    Evangelism and outreach

  • Damascus Road - a very special story of conversion. God at work.
  • First Peoples of Canada - releasing forgiveness
  • The Beatles, the Bible and Beyond - Ken Mansfield found The Way
  • Bishop Malcolm Harding - former ARM Ambassador and Missioner
  • Arabic
  • The Arabic Christian Internet Bible Magazine
  • Inuit Mission to Ottawa   October 02   (in-reach)
  • Church Planting Canada   Next National Congress: Ottawa, 14-16 Nov 2007 (Congress Centre)
  • New Church
  • Kanata's Let's Go to Church month  Sept 5 - 30, 2001
  • Mission - including our own mission trips
  • What are Evangelicals?
  • Anglican Military Ordinariate - Bp Peter Coffin
  • 100 Huntley St. Cross-Canada Tour -  1-800-265-3100
  • Amsterdam 2000 Billy Graham Conference July 26 - Aug 6, 2000. Hear webcasts till year end or longer.
  • Carleton (University) Christan Fellowship - CCF
  • Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union - CICCU
  • Ottawa Prays Summer 2000 intercession, March for Jesus, Canadian Prayer Assembly, Promise Keepers
  • Billy Graham mission, June '98, Ottawa
  • Is Billy Graham important to the United Church? You bet!
  • Heart of Ottawa Mission, Sept 16-20,2000, brought Affinity Group Evangelism to Ottawa led by evangelists Leighton Ford and Lon Allison.
  • View the Mission Common interest groups.
  • Quest - Evangelism of youth. Ask for the free DVD Quest training video
  • Y-Jesus - the facts about Jesus
  • Prophecy
  • Are we moving towards Revival in Ottawa?
  • - new resource source
  • Acts Ministries Christian Evangelism - Ron Piggott, and the Christian Ministry Directory
  • Why we need to evangelize - and Alpha is so appropriate
  • Virtual Hell A scary ride. Try it!
  • Bring prayer back into school!
  • Patricia King's Extreme Prophetic Web Church
  • First Church of Cyberspace

    Christian events

  • Christian events - mainly West Ottawa
  • September 8, 2002 march and memorial service for September 11, 2001.   See the pictures and hear the speeches


  • Christian Faith Center - Casey Treat
  • Business Men's Fellowship, Canada
  • Girls Night Out
  • John Scotland Ministries
  • Kingdom Ministries, Ottawa
  • Maurice Vellacott, M.P. Campaigner for traditional marriage


  • Christian contemporary music
  • Bryan Moyer Suderman - Christian financial planner and musician
  • Kenosis - our worship band
  • Cliff Richard's The Millennium Prayer - video
  • Soloman's Porch - monthly worship at Arlington Woods Church, Nepean

    Ottawa missions to addicts, low income and homeless

  • Capital City Mission, 505 Rideau Street, Ottawa
  • Jericho Road Christian Ministries, Box 20045, Ottawa, K1N 9N5, 613-567-5134
  • The Mission, 35 Waller Street
  • Ottawa Innercity Ministries
  • Spirit of Freedom Ministries 800-535-6011: Christian intervention for the chemically dependent, available through Bibleway Ministries
  • Ottawa West End Community Chaplaincy
  • Urban Christian Outreach - Ottawa

    Marketplace and campus evangelism

  • National Prayer Breakfast - Ottawa. Watch the 2009 event.
  • ACTs 18:3 - A Cluster of Tentmakers
  • Alpha in the Workplace
  • International Christian Chamber of Commerce - ICCC    ICCC Canada
  • Why good people do bad things - Are we living in an unethical era? By Trevor Cole, U of T magazine, Winter 2004
  • Ambassadors for Christ in Canada - Christianity on Campus
  • CNCF - "Advisors with Purpose": Canadian National Christian Foundation.
  • Chinese Entrepreneur Association
  • CCRI - The Christian Commitment Research Institute
  • Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship
  • Public Service Christian Fellowship - with links to federal departments where PSCF is active
  • Ottawa faith groups in the Federal Government and industry
  • Christianity and financial services
  • - kids meeting Christian kids


  • Stand for Marriage, Toronto, May 23, 2005 (I was a speaker)
  • March for Marriage, Ottawa, April 9, 2005
  • Couples for Christ - Catholic
  • The Marriage Course - part of Alpha
  • Marriage Encounter - Links page

    Christian Singles

  • Find Singles in Ministry


  • The Alpha Course
  • Fire church sermons on line, including Dr Michael L Brown
  • A conversation with philosopher Peter Kreeft
  • CARM - Interactive apologetics resources
  • Emmaus - the way of faith
  • Christianity Explored
  • The Biblical basis for assurance of salvation
  • The Sign of Jonah - Three days and three nights
  • Dead Sea - Dr. Peter Flint
  • Emmaus - Evangelism and discipleship course. Canadian stockist.
  • Kenosis - our Lord's glorious humility.
  • Living Faith - DVD course - Tom Wright
  • The Trinity: Irrelevant or Essential? - by Rev. Dr. Andrew Stirling, published in Fellowship Magazine
  • Radical Orthodoxy.
  • Anselm's Cur Deus Homo - 11th century

    Church history

  • The deaths of the apostles
  • The scathing scholar Khaleel Mohammed says foreign-born imams are a threat to national security - Ottawa Citizen, 6 Feb 06
  • A Crisis of Faith - by Robert Sibley, Ottawa citizen, 22 Dec 2006
  • Fundamentalists, liberal protestants, and evangelicals - (Evangelicals put mark on US foreign policy)
  • Prayer call of 1784 - by Rev R. McRoberts, after Dr. Michael Haykin of the Toronto Baptist Seminary


  • E-Sword - Bible downloads
  • IBS Daily Manna : Subscribe
  • The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren


  • Apostles: Graham Cooke
                       Barry Boucher
  • Faith on Fire - Ottawa Citizen project, 2007
  • My Faith Journey
  • One Way Ministries - Ottawa
  • Listen to "Good News in the Morning", 30 minutes program updated every Sunday, from Good News Christian Ministries - Allen Churchill.
  • Emergency Numbers
  • Archbishop of Canterbury
  • John Stott
  • Blogs 4 God
  • A homily for the Queen's Jubilee - Rt. Rev. Robert Mercer
  • Ottawa Cursillo    musicians(at) listserv
  • Montreal United Church Cursillo
  • ChristiansNet Home Page
  • Promise of God
  • Counselling and Pastoral Care
  • Father's love letter - video
  • Jesus' Top 40
  • Prayer
  • Frontline On-line Early Christian history
  • Focus on the Family
  • The Fore Runner
  • The human spirit
  • The Living Pulpit
  • Go Ye Project - Christian music samples (audio)
  • Miracles
  • The Omega Code - movie to see
  • Old World Faith, etc from Russian ex-pat
  • Global Christian Network
  • Covenant Players
  • Does God exist?
  • Ministries

  • The Master's Progam - Develop your Kingdom potential.
  • Acts Ministries Christian Evangelism - Ron Piggott
  • Good News Christian Ministries
  • My - Kim Phuk
  • Barry - An apostle's blog (my description, not his)
  • Revival Lakeland - Todd Bentley
  • Report on the Lakeland revival and the ceremony of apostolic alignment for Todd Bentley, 23 June.- by C Peter Wagner, 7 July 08
  • Father's Heart Ministries - Dan Thiessen
  • For Our Lord Jesus Christ web ministry
  • Jennifer Green, Ottawa Citizen religion correspondent's blog
  • Haversham Foundation - Christian Lay Ministry
  • Kingdom Ministries - Rev. Tony Delahunty
  • One Way Ministries - Ottawa
  • Under His Wing Publishing - Ottawa based
  • Place God First - cyberspace ministry
  • The News Outreach - Pakistan. Under contruction. Test launch.


  • Diocese of Ottawa - Anglican, and General Synod 2004
  • Archdiocese of Ottawa - Roman Catholic
  • Presbytery of Ottawa-Presbyterian
  • Ottawa Presbytery - United

    Churches and schools

  • Britannia Baptist Church Ottawa. Terry Orchard, Pastor.
  • Chinese Christian Church of Ottawa
  • The Village International Mennonite Church Vanier. Pastor Stefan Cherry.
  • Cedar Grove Baptist Church - Surrey, BC.
  • Tyndale College & Seminary - where my wife Laurie-Ann was when we met.
  • The Portico - Where the 2005 Toronto Alpha Conference will be held
  • St.Simon's Anglican, Vancouver...Minister: Ed Hird
  • Augustine College, Inauguration Sept 6, 1997 (I attended, to meet Dr David Jeffrey)
  • St. Timothy's Classical Academy - Primary school, Ottawa
  • Memories of GCUC
  • Kanata Church listing
  • Ottawa churches with web sites
  • Ottawa churches
  • Ottawa Archdiocese RC churches
  • Lift Jesus Higher - Charismatic Roman Catholic church, Ottawa
  • Presbyterian churches in Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec
  • Church of Fools - cyber church, out of UK
  • Grace Catheral (streaming audio sermons)
  • St. Andrews Presbyterian" Stittsville, On
  • Sign of the times
  • Vatican virtual tour - hold left mouse button down and move slowly.
  • Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago

    Spiritual Warfare, and Evil: demonic and human

  • The Sinkhole Syndrome by Donald S. Whitney. Why believers fall from grace.
  • In cults, a darker side of 1960s rebellion by Jayanti Tamm, Washington Post, 9 Aug 2009
  • Paganism in Ottawa - The Charlatan, 2 Dec 2009     Comment
  • The Men's Project - healing male victims of sexual abuse. This Ottawa organization is a model for the world.
  • Abortion - speech by Laura Welch in New York, 23 Feb 2009.   See also this, by a 12-year old.
  • The Jesus Problem by Brian Bethune. Where all the crap is coming from.
  • The Fthr Richard Rohr phenomenon
  • DRGs - Dangerous religious groups
  • Freemasonry: an exposé
  • Carl Jung and the Gnostic Reconciliation of Gender Opposites Lecture by Ed Hird at the CWiPPTHINK 09 conference, 4 Feb 2009
  • Living the Questions - a dangerous course, not recommended by this writer.
  • My take on the homosexual debate.
  • Same-sex Blessings - recording the debate
  • Elmhurst Committee on Human Sexuality Ottawa Anglican renewal group against same-sex blessings
  • "Jesus Factor" is the key to successful drug programs
  • Labyrinths and Winter Solstice
  • Woof ‘n Worship? Seriously? -, 9 November 2009
  • Say 'no' to horoscopes (Facebook site)
  • Setting Captives Free - on-line courses in release from addictions
  • Pamela Paul’s Pornified - Book review
  • Spiritual Counterfeits
  • Muslims
  • Traditional Values Coalition

    Stewardship, economics

  • The Open Table, sponsor of Shane Claiborne's visit to Ottawa 19 March 2010
  • Gifting to your church and other charities
  • "Teach and you shall receive"
  • The Shepherd's Guide - Ottawa and E. Ontario
  • Cancel Third World debt, churches urge.
  • Can't buy me love
  • Camels, needles and a Biblical approach to managing your money
    - my talk to the Carleton University Navigators 27 March 2008.
  • Christian media: - Magazines, Movies, TV, Radio, Web

  • Best of the Christian Web
  • ChristianWeek
  • - The Christian Broadcasting Network
  • Charisma magazine, and Charisma Christian News Service
  • I am a member.
  • Christianity Today
  • Christian Stronghold Chat Room
  • Cross Canada Search for Canadian Christian links and information
  • CHRI-FM - Christian Hits, Real Audio
  • Christian - Christian dating service (worldwide)
  • Cross Talk - Magazine of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
  • - Where life meets faith
  • Deborah Gyapong Blogspot
  • Faith Today
  • Haven Today
  • The Miracle Channel - Christian TV
  • Netmenders Christian Links
  • The Passion - Made for BBC TV movie
  • The Passion of the Christ - movie
  • Review   My thoughts
    Mel Gibson meets Fatima visionary
  • The Prince of Egypt - review
  • Religion Watch
  • Shepherd's Guide (Tel 613-726-1545, Phil & Sherry Nash, Ottawa area)
  • UCB Christian radio: recommended links, including The Verse of the Day

    Christian Bookstores - Ottawa

  • Salem Storehouse Christian bookstore, 1558 Merivale Rd, tel 727-0203
  • Librairie Saint-Paul Canterbury House Bookstore - 249 Main St., Ottawa, 613-751-4015


  • Francis S. Collins at the US National Prayer Breakfast 2007
  • Physics and God
    Remember: Satan always overplays his hand

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