Grandfather

By |2017-12-29T13:15:47-04:00December 22nd, 2017|Advent and Christmas, Blog, Canadian Culture, Theological reflection|

At a bible camp in 1978, I gave my heart to Jesus. It wasn’t because I learned how good he was or actually, anything about God. I just didn’t want to go to hell.  I was taught a hyper-Arminian view of God in those days. This view is summarized by this: if you sin and suddenly die, you will go straight to hell.  So my view of God

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Red Threads and Invisible Women

By |2018-11-08T16:17:56-04:00December 11th, 2017|Advent and Christmas, Bible, Blog, Theological reflection, Women|

One of the common things that I hear when people talk to me about women being preachers, particularly among those new to the idea, is the statement: “I’ve never seen it.” Sometimes this is a statement meant to express a simple lack of experience, often said with regret. Other times it is meant to

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Kurelek’s Christmas Visions of the Incarnation

By |2018-01-05T11:53:12-04:00December 8th, 2017|Advent and Christmas, Blog, Canadian Culture, Theological reflection|

For years, while my children were growing up, I had a tradition of sitting down, sometime over Christmas, and reading to them from William Kurelek’s, A Northern Nativity: Christmas Dreams of a Prairie Boy (1976). I didn’t grow up on the prairies but have lived there

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The Gospel According to Vince Guaraldi

By |2017-12-07T10:55:57-04:00December 1st, 2017|Advent and Christmas, Blog, Theological reflection|

The song “Linus and Lucy” made it’s television debut in 1965 as part of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Since then, the song has become one of the most recognizable tunes in the lexicon of popular jazz music and is now synonymous with Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters. People may recognize the religious significance of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special

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