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

By | 2018-07-09T20:32:39+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, Nones & Dones|

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+00:00 June 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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My Radical Little Church

By | 2018-05-28T15:26:46+00:00 May 28th, 2018|Bible, Blog, Church, In the Company of Women Conference, Leadership, Stories, Theological reflection, Women|

I was looking at the lineup of a recent church conference and did a double take. I couldn’t help notice that of the 30 or so presenters, all but 2 were men. All of the men were white. This isn’t the only conference that has the same ratio, in fact, most do. Do you think this a problem?

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Red Threads and Invisible Women

By | 2018-05-01T12:38:32+00:00 May 1st, 2018|Bible, Blog, Canadian Culture, In the Company of Women Conference, Leadership, Stories, Theological reflection, Women|

I was looking at the lineup of a recent church conference and did a double take. I couldn’t help notice that of the 30 or so presenters, all but 2 were men. All of the men were white. This isn’t the only conference that has the same ratio, in fact, most do. Do you think this a problem?

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Church Planting in Relationship: Crestview & Geekdom House

By | 2018-04-25T00:39:35+00:00 April 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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Decolonizing Church: A Weeping

By | 2018-04-05T14:21:00+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Blog, Canada 150, Canadian Culture, Racism, Stories, Voices from the Margins|

Read Andrew's earlier post on "Decolonizing Church" here Weeping. Confession. Resistance. This is the only way forward for a church in need of decolonization. In late September of 2013, I found myself in a large display hall at Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition. Thousands upon thousands were gathered for the Truth and

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Building Multi-Ethnic Churches in Canada

By | 2018-04-16T14:23:09+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church, Racism|

See part 1 of the conversation as Rohadi asks "Do Canadian Churches Ignore Racism?" This post was written prior to the Gerald Stanley verdict, following which racist attitudes reared its ugly head in our country once again. Perhaps it's a good thing. We have difficulty as Canadians acknowledging our deeply seated presuppositions predicated

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