Success through suffering

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Not many people have a theological epiphany in the context of doctoral research. But I did.

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Kingdoms now and then

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The majestic strains of Handel’s chorus stir the hearts of many this time of year, as choirs perform The Messiah in venues from Charlottetown to Winnipeg to Victoria. The music is familiar, the words inspired.

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7 tips for talking to non-Christians: Insights from Paul’s trip to Athens

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

How does someone who believes that no one comes to the Father but through Jesus (John 14:6) communicate that message to those with a different worldview? The Apostle Paul, in Athens (Acts 17), gives us a good road map to follow.*

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Somewhere between “grudgery and gratitude”

Saturday, October 1, 2011

But in a society where we’ve increasingly lost touch with our agrarian and spiritual roots, we also seem to have lost some vital thanksgiving rituals that could further assist us in cultivating a harvest of gratitude in our busy lives.

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Dora and the Prince of Peace, Part 3

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Although Dora the Explorer succeeds within each episode of her children’s show, the more profound triumph arises from the accumulation of all her adventures. In fact, there is an “in-order-to-ness” about the entire cartoon series.

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Dora and the Prince of Peace, Part 2

Monday, August 1, 2011

The plot thickens when we meet the cunning Swiper the Fox, who invariably pops out from a hiding spot to steal an essential piece of equipment, or snatch one of Dora’s animated-object friends.

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Dora and the Prince of Peace, Part 1

Friday, July 1, 2011

Enough with trying to save the world – that’s an impossible and thankless job. Our task is to save Baby Jaguar. As I sit on the living room couch with my youngest child nestled on my lap and a “Dora the Explorer” book in my hand, I’ve concluded we can accomplish this task with God’s help. Then there will be some peace in the world.”

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Missionary letters don’t hold back

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Text Examined: Acts 13-15 – “The missionary journey of Paul and Silas from Acts 13–15 reminds me of the support letters that workers send out from church plants and overseas projects – except for one thing. Conflict! Unlike the success stories our missionaries regularly send out – personality differences and theological squabbles left unmentioned – Luke’s chronicle of the early church candidly discusses conflict and persecution, not only with society, but also within the church itself.”

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Learning from the Bereans

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Text Examined: Acts 17:11 – “There is a city in northern Greece named Veria. Ever heard of it? Probably not, unless I tell you the name in Bible times – Berea. Ever heard if it? Only a million times. There are Berean schools, churches, denominations, Christian bookstores.”

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Does the world need a Saviour?

Friday, April 1, 2011

I suspect a lot of people would find this question quite amusing. For instance, the very notion of sin as an offence against a personal and righteous God now appears to have mysteriously vanished. Overreliance on technology and corporate greed are what really plague us; who needs a Saviour when you have a social activist? G. K. Chesterton once observed that confession without absolution was really what people were looking for; who needs a Saviour when you have Dr. Phil?

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What the wilderness teaches

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The wilderness can be a harsh teacher. Last summer, when a bear entered our campsite on a canoe trip, I was reminded that I was an intruder in another creature’s territory and that my presence offered opportunities and dangers to us both.

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Counting the cost of carrying

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Care. Carrying. I don’t know if the two words have the same root, but in my mind, they do.

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R Wii 1 ?

Monday, November 1, 2010

It was our third cup of tea, and we had yet to converse. Hair awry, a note of hysteria creeping into her carefully modulated voce materno, my young friend was fending off another attack from her preschool-age twins, whom I privately referred to as “Search” and “Destroy.”

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Wanted: Anabaptist saints

Friday, October 1, 2010

Text Examined: Hebrews 5:13-6:1 – “As much as we try to avoid any hint of superiority in matters of faith, the fact remains that we are called, as we mature, to grow in an ever-deepening understanding and experience of our faith. The writer of the book of Hebrews tells us that we are to make a clear distinction between what is elemental to our faith and what is food that leads to maturity (5:12–14).”

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Who I met in the waiting room (Part 2)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Text Examined: 1 John 3:1-2 – “While I waited at an X-ray clinic, a man in a business suit shattered the peace and quiet with a loud cellphone call. I grew incensed and planned to crush Mr. Business Suit with a glare of contempt. But I was called in for my X-ray and didn’t get the chance.”

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