What about Orpah? – Unsettling the Word excerpt

By |2019-09-11T16:23:02-04:00September 13th, 2019|Blog, Canadian Culture, Theological reflection, Voices from the Margins, Women|

This post is a portion of a contribution in Unsettling the Word: Biblical Experiments in Decolonization, edited by Steve Heinrichs with over 60 contributors and art by Jonathan Dyck. Contributions to Unsettling the Word offer re-visions of Biblical narrative and other create explorations of the Biblical narrative. From the introduction by editor Steve Heinrichs: "My

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Thrive: A Book Review

By |2019-05-22T12:31:11-04:00May 23rd, 2019|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting|

Today on the blog Aaron Gerrard reviews the book Thrive, by blog contributor, Rohadi Nagassar. Rohadi blogs at rohadi.com and you can read a taste of his book in his post: Can We Guarantee Church Plant Success? (and how to start a movement) While many in the church today lament the loss

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Plesionology is theology’s long lost twin

By |2019-02-01T14:59:21-04:00February 4th, 2019|Blog, Canadian Culture, Church Planting, Theological reflection|

This post previously appeared on medium.com as Plesionology is theology’s long lost twin, and why it’s renewing my faith I have had a persistent nudge of curiosity that I simply cannot shake. Everytime I have breakfast with my neighbour Chris, or talk about gardening with Steve, or get together with our neighbours Colin

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Post-publication Reflections: The Soul of the City: Mapping the Spiritual Geography of Eleven Canadian Cities

By |2018-11-12T15:01:56-04:00November 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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Reflections on ReImagine 2018

By |2018-11-01T17:44:50-04:00November 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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Jumping the Shark: The Dark Side of Relevance

By |2018-10-18T15:09:18-04:00October 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 |2018-09-28T16:05:33-04:00August 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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