Reconciling the news of Jean Vanier with the work of L’Arche

Mar 2, 2020 by

It all came at once — a messy break up, the death of a close friend and the troubling news of Jean Vanier and sexual abuse. These three experiences all hit me hard, wounding the core of my being, making me...

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Fostering faith beyond Sunday school

Feb 21, 2017 by

Nurturing and building Christian foundations is paramount for being able to create a long-lasting successful spiritual walk once a child hits adulthood. Yet too many parents fail to see the importance of...

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A ready answer

Jan 18, 2017 by

In the 1500s, Anabaptist leader Menno Simons wrote a tract titled “Why I Do Not Cease Teaching and Writing.” In this tract, he unashamedly addressed the hardships Anabaptist Christians underwent at the...

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Jesus was born to die, but there’s more to the story

Dec 27, 2016 by

While some lament that Christmas has become increasingly secularized and materialistic, others have posted blogs and Facebook statuses reminding us of the real meaning of Christmas. Recently, Benjamin L....

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Whom can you reach?

Dec 2, 2016 by

Being short can be pretty tough. I have been short most of my life, resulting in my constantly having to pull out a stool or stand on a chair in order to reach the highest shelf. It got even worse when I...

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Life after Trump — what next?

Nov 14, 2016 by

On the evening of Nov. 8, 2016, millions (perhaps even billions) of people flocked around their TV sets to watch the history of America unfold right before their eyes. During and well after the election,...

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Christians and Halloween — what do we do?

Oct 24, 2016 by

In one week, children will be lining up at doorsteps yelling “trick or treat” dressed as ghouls, witches, pumpkins and ghosts. Houses will be open to shower anyone from toddlers to preteens with crunchy...

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Making a case for ‘The Message’

Oct 11, 2016 by

Two months ago, I decided to do something radical: I began using Eugene Peterson’s The Message as the basis for my daily devotionals. At first I referred to this practice as “my daily dose of heresy” in...

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Inclusion of people with disabilities in the church

Jun 27, 2016 by

Who is welcome at your church? What makes you so sure? What evidence do you have to prove this? It was a typical Sunday like any other. I walked into the sanctuary at 10:30 a.m., quickly found my seat in the...

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Why women should ‘do’ theology

May 18, 2016 by

To be completely honest, this question has been puzzling me for a long time. As you know, I studied theology for seven years, and even though I have completed my degrees, I still consider myself a theologian...

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How not to be a pacifist when facing spiritual warfare

May 3, 2016 by

I have a confession to make: Although I am an absolute pacifist, I have always longed to be a bit of a rebel and write something militaristic. For the past few years, my Bible college and seminary buddies have...

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3 reasons I’m not an atheist

Feb 29, 2016 by

The following are some points that I have picked up through conversations with many atheists in both Europe and Canada. That being said, I am not an atheist myself and therefore realize that my thoughts are...

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Is Christianity too focused on the end times?

Feb 23, 2016 by

In 2012 I was 11 years old and in grade 6. My teacher (we’ll call her Mrs. Rose), a lovely lady and deeply devout in her faith, made an outrageous claim that showed pure ignorance. She suggested that we were...

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Seminary interns can’t work for free

Feb 11, 2016 by

This blog post has been on my heart and mind for several years. I often have started writing it, but then refrained from posting for fear of offending others. Yet, in light of the fact that I have posted many...

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Psalms: The heart of the matter

Jan 7, 2016 by

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” — Psalm 22:1 “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, and his love endures for ever.” — Palm 107:1 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.” —...

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Should I attend a Christian university?

Nov 12, 2015 by

They knew exactly how to market to me. Pumping and vibrant praise music wafting through the school, prayers before every class, professors who truly care about student needs, and those colorful envelopes in...

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An apathetic generation?

Oct 27, 2015 by

For the past several years, the current generation of 20-30 years old has often been labeled as lazy, self-centered and disinterested in local and global affairs. Ranging from simply not caring enough to...

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Cultivating a plateau spirituality

Oct 16, 2015 by

A wise teacher of mine once wrote, “We all long for mountains — to be in the presence of God and experience his splendor. I have lived on the mountain for a long time. Now it is time for me to descend...

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Why losing weight and Bible reading are two of life’s hardest activities

Oct 3, 2014 by

At the group home where I work, there is a young man who is very kind and considerate but, like the rest of us, sometimes expects results without putting in the full amount of effort. For example, this...

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Why short-term mission trips work, despite what you might have heard

Aug 26, 2014 by

Playing with orphan children, building homes and teaching summer Bible camps are all things that many teenagers and young adults hope to accomplish on short-term mission trips. Whether it’s because of a love...

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