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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+00:00November 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+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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