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What about Orpah? – Unsettling the Word excerpt

By |2019-09-11T16:23:02-04:00September 13th, 2019|Blog, Canadian Culture, Theological reflection, Voices from the Margins, Women|

This post is a portion of a contribution in Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization, edited by Steve Heinrichs with over 60 contributors and art by Jonathan Dyck. Contributions to Unsettling the Word offer re-visions of Biblical narrative and other create explorations of the Biblical narrative. From the introduction by editor Steve Heinrichs: "My

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Micro-Neighbourliness: A Celebration of the Small

By |2019-08-23T17:13:07-04:00July 26th, 2019|Blog, Neighbourhood, small|

Few things encourage me like seeing everyday people—with everyday jobs, commitments, and schedules—extending small acts of presence, hospitality, and creativity in their localities. This is, in part, why I’m compelled by the notion of micro-neighbourliness: the small,

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Thrive: A Book Review

By |2019-05-22T12:31:11-04:00May 23rd, 2019|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting|

Today on the blog Aaron Gerrard reviews the book Thrive, by blog contributor, Rohadi Nagassar. Rohadi blogs at rohadi.com and you can read a taste of his book in his post: Can We Guarantee Church Plant Success? (and how to start a movement) While many in the church today lament the loss

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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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