Dan Sheffield

About Dan Sheffield

Dan Sheffield is a reflective practitioner who has been involved in church planting, community development and Christian formation in Canada, Egypt, South Africa and a few other spots along the way -- over the past 30 years or so. These days he lives in St Catharines, Ontario, with his wife Kathy, where he is lead pastor of Grapeview Church, a multi-ethnic congregation. He is the author of the books The Multicultural Leader and Conversations that Change Us.

First Wednesday of Advent 2019

By |2019-12-04T23:40:04-05:00December 4th, 2019|Advent and Christmas, Advent Reader, Advent Reader 2019, Blog|

Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 54:1-10, Psalm 124, Matthew 24:23-35 Isaiah 54:1-10 1‘Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labour; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,’ says the  Lord.2‘Enlarge the

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First Monday of Advent

By |2018-11-30T16:30:07-05:00December 3rd, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

Scripture reading for today: 2 Peter 3:1-18; Numbers 17:1-11; Psalm 90 2 Peter 3 3 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and

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Kurelek’s Christmas Visions of the Incarnation

By |2018-01-05T11:53:12-05:00December 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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Beauty, History and Reconciliation

By |2018-01-05T11:55:08-05:00August 8th, 2017|Blog, Canada 150, Canadian Culture|

This blog post first appeared on Dan's own blog. Re-published with permission. Last week my wife and I visited the National Gallery of Canada to wander through the new display, Canadian and Indigenous Art: From Time Immemorial to 1967. I'm always inspired to stand or sit in front of Tom Thomson's Jack Pine (below) or something by Emily Carr. This

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Crave More – paying attention to “warm fuzzies”

By |2018-01-05T11:54:09-05:00May 10th, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture|

Canadian viewers of the Grammy Awards on Feb 12/17 were gushing over an ad called “Eat Together,” produced by President’s Choice, a brand owned by Loblaws, Canada’s largest food retailer. But more regular TV-watchers saw the same commercial aired numerous times during the Christmas season. At a time when lots of Canadians sit down to

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