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A Letter to My People

By |2019-04-18T17:18:09-04:00April 18th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

I write this with tears because I’m so grieved. I’m heartbroken. I can’t fully explain it but it feels like there are a million pounds of pressure on my chest and I’m having a hard time breathing. The weight of your stubbornness is going to kill me but it’s going to destroy you.

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The Grief of Marriage: What loss & transition can teach the Canadian Church

By |2019-04-03T15:07:00-04:00April 3rd, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

“Congratulations! You must be so excited!” This is the most common reaction you get from people who find out you are newly engaged and preparing to get married. This response from the kindest of people are well-intentioned, but they have fallen flat for me lately. It’s not that I’m not excited or not full of joy, it’s just that there is so much grieving taking place, too.

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Tensions of Lent

By |2019-03-07T11:58:18-04:00March 8th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

In this video, Kevin Makins reflects on the tensions of Lent. Check out his reflections on Ash Wednesday. "A lot of life is lived between two tensions ... Do you feel any tension in your life - in your work, or in your family, or in your values?" Check out other videos from Kevin on

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Ash Wednesday, a reflection

By |2019-03-05T23:03:46-04:00March 6th, 2019|Blog, Lent, Lent 2019|

Jesus said that all the laws and instructions from the prophets could be reduced to two simple commands: Love God with everything you are and love others the way you love yourself. But what if you don’t love yourself? It goes from a really simple command to an insurmountable hurdle when loving yourself seems impossible.

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Plesionology is theology’s long lost twin

By |2019-02-01T14:59:21-04:00February 4th, 2019|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, Theological reflection|

This post previously appeared on medium.com as Plesionology is theology’s long lost twin, and why it’s renewing my faith I have had a persistent nudge of curiosity that I simply cannot shake. Everytime I have breakfast with my neighbour Chris, or talk about gardening with Steve, or get together with our neighbours Colin

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Post-publication Reflections: The Soul of the City: Mapping the Spiritual Geography of Eleven Canadian Cities

By |2018-11-12T15:01:56-04:00November 12th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, The Soul of the City|

When I told a Church in the City class of Tyndale seminary students that I was given the challenge to write about Toronto for The Soul of the City, one of the Greater Toronto Area students became quite animated: “That’s impossible! The city is too big and diverse!” He was right. When I had sat

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Jumping the Shark: The Dark Side of Relevance

By |2018-10-18T15:09:18-04:00October 9th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, Theological reflection|

If you enjoy absurd humour with a sprinkling of social commentary, then the series All Hail King Julian is for you. It isn't for my family (as they question my taste in viewing pleasure), but I like the wise (or not so wise) fool who is the alpha lemur in Madagascar. In one episode they

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The Soul of the City – Introduction, Part 1

By |2018-09-28T16:05:33-04:00August 24th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, The Soul of the City|

Urban life is the reality for most Westerners now. In Canada 82% of our citizens live in cities. William Cronon notes that for many of us cities have “represented all that [is] most unnatural about human life… a cancer on an otherwise beautiful landscape”

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Permaculture Church Planting

By |2018-06-28T17:21:50-04:00June 29th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, Theological reflection|

At some point in my undergraduate years I stumbled onto the idea of Permaculture, which is “a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around… utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.” I was fascinated and intrigued by this way of organizing society – and of gardening. In the basement stacks

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