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Jumping the Shark: The Dark Side of Relevance

By |2018-10-18T15:09:18+00:00October 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+00:00August 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+00:00June 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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Church Planting in Relationship: Crestview & Geekdom House

By |2018-04-25T00:39:35+00:00April 25th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, Stories, Theological reflection|

I’m a big geek. I play video games regularly, read comics every chance I get, and try to watch every sci-fi or fantasy movie as soon as they come out. So, when I heard about an organization called Geekdom House, I was very interested. Meeting Kyle Rudge and talking about his mission had me

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Death of a Triumphant Jesus

By |2018-04-05T14:06:31+00:00March 26th, 2018|Blog, Church, Lent, Palm Sunday, Theological reflection|

This post first appeared as “Death of a Triumphant Jesus” on brandonshillington.com. Republished with permission. Yesterday was Palm Sunday. Often Palm Sunday is a joy-filled day Christians wave Palm Branches and celebrate the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as a victory of vision – a delightful moment when the world saw and celebrated

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Grandfather

By |2017-12-29T13:15:47+00:00December 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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A Hell of a Thing to Believe

By |2017-09-15T12:51:55+00:00September 15th, 2017|Blog, Theological reflection|

This blog post first appeared on Rumblings. Re-published with permission. Human beings spend a lot of time arguing about whether or not our beliefs are true. Even in these strange days where “I feel like” seems to have replaced “I think that” as the, ahem, ultimate trump card in a given dispute

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