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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The Example We Need In The #MeToo Era

By |2018-11-05T00:19:39+00:00November 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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Reflections on ReImagine 2018

By |2018-11-01T17:44:50+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church, Church Planting|

This year marks the first time that the Parish Collective has held a conference in Canada. Elle and yours truly were in attendance. We love people who are passionate and committed to their neighbourhoods. People who work hard to form communities that embody the gospel are our kind of people. If you’ve never been to

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Shalom in This Place

By |2018-10-22T13:34:14+00:00October 19th, 2018|Blog|

It's October, and our family is spending our first fall in a new place. This summer, along with our four boys (including a newborn), we packed our bags and headed west. In doing so, we left behind our home of twenty years — my whole adult life. In that time, we brought home four

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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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Prayer for Canadian Thanksgiving

By |2018-10-04T16:20:19+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church, prayer|

As Thanksgiving grows closer here in Canada, I am reminded of the positive impact that gratefulness has on my life. Well, in actuality, I’m reminded, with a heavy heart, how much thankfulness has been absent from my life these days. How is it that I could be authentically thankful for the darkness of the world, the brokenness of people around me, and the difficulty of raising two small boys in just such a world. I don’t want to spiral down into cynicism, but I also don’t want to slap on a social-media-friendly facade of happiness either.

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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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Welcome to Cypher Church, the church for the outsiders….

By |2018-08-24T17:03:32+00:00July 2nd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting|

Calgary is home to one of the largest metro populations of religious “nones” in the country. Over a 1/3 of the population would check the box, “no religious affiliation” when asked. The contemporary church, rooted in Christendom, struggles to connect with the emerging majority demographic. It’s here where we decided to immerse a church with intention knowing full well we had few answers coming in. First off, who’s we?

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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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