About Tim Bratton

Tim Bratton lives in Saskatoon, SK, along with his wife Amy and their two young sons. With a long habit of getting involved in church plants & startups, Tim currently helps with the teaching and worship at a Free Methodist church plant, Riversdale Neighbours church. Tim is an actor and playwright and serves as the Artistic Associate with Burnt Thicket Theatre. He’s also a care-worker, musician, vinyl record collector and dilettante with a special interest in deconstructing and redeeming the stories of recent church history and Evangelical pop culture.

Second Wednesday of Advent

By |2018-12-11T20:57:44-05:00December 12th, 2018|Advent Reader, Blog|

Scripture reading for today: Isaiah 35:3-7, Psalms 126, Luke 7:18-30 Isaiah 35:3-7 3 Strengthen the feeble hands,     steady the knees that give way; 4 say to those with fearful hearts,     “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come,     he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution     he will come to save you.” 5 Then will the eyes of

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The Example We Need In The #MeToo Era

By |2018-11-05T00:19:39-05:00November 5th, 2018|Blog, Stories, Women|

Last month the Nobel committee awarded their annual Peace Prize to Nadia Murad, a 25-year-old Yazidi activist, and Denis Mukwege, a doctor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They received the award jointly “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/peace/2018/press-release/ I

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Getting Perspective on Privilege

By |2018-02-27T11:25:59-05:00April 2nd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Racism, Stories|

As a child I went to Keheewin Elementary School. The school’s name “came from Chief Keheewin of the Cree Indian Band...named after the ‘Eagle’ (‘Kehew’ in Cree).”http://keheewin.epsb.ca/media/elementaryjuniorhighschools/keheewin/datafiles/Keheewin_Handbook2015-16.pdf But while attending there I don’t recall ever meeting any Cree people, or First Nations people of any kind, for that matter. Even though I grew up

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Forgive Us Our Trespasses: Colten Boushie and the Gerald Stanley Trial

By |2018-02-02T13:22:56-05:00February 2nd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Racism, Theological reflection|

On a hot August day in 2016, a car full of young adults drove onto the property of a Saskatchewan farm. Those in the car say they were looking for help with a flat tire. Those living on the farm say the occupants of the car were trying to steal property and were trespassing on

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The Gospel According to Vince Guaraldi

By |2017-12-07T10:55:57-05:00December 1st, 2017|Advent and Christmas, Blog, Theological reflection|

The song “Linus and Lucy” made it’s television debut in 1965 as part of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Since then, the song has become one of the most recognizable tunes in the lexicon of popular jazz music and is now synonymous with Charles Schulz’s beloved Peanuts characters. People may recognize the religious significance of the Charlie Brown Christmas Special

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Gord Downie: Honesty, Hope and Canadian Identity

By |2017-11-06T12:35:45-05:00November 6th, 2017|Blog, Canadian Culture|

When looking for people and events that help define Canadian cultural identity there is a fairly predictable list of exemplars that we tend to reference – Prime Minister John A. Macdonald and the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway, Sir Frederick Banting and the discovery of penicillin, Paul Henderson’s winning goal against the Soviets

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I wanted Loving Community…instead I got Judgement

By |2017-10-05T18:19:50-04:00October 6th, 2017|Blog, Nones & Dones|

I remember sitting in the car with my friend, a friend who identified strongly with the LGBTQ community, had since high school, and yet still faithfully attended the pentecostal church where we first met. I remember my friend wishing they could invite all their gay and queer friends to come to church and experience it as a loving community, but also expressing fear for the judgement these friends might experience in coming there.

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Ethics and the Imago Dei

By |2017-05-12T23:05:30-04:00May 18th, 2017|Blog, Theological reflection|

Not that long ago I was having a discussion with some friends when one of them asked, “What theology is the church not teaching enough?” The answer that came first to my mind was “Imago Dei Theology,” which is the teaching that all human beings are made in the Image of God. It is a

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