One Participant’s Reflection

I was expecting to experiences something wonderful, but I didn’t know what. I was expecting to meet some great people, but I didn’t know who. I was expecting to be permanent and substantially changed, but I didn’t know how. I arrived in Burlington the evening before...

Post-Theism and the Church

As usual the national magazine for our denomination gets me… ummm… thinking. A recent edition contains an article about the post-theistic church. It describes churches that have been moving away from God language and music in favour of more contemporary...

Update on Jesus 24/7 Series

As many of you know, I am the angelic/satanic/mad genius behind the Jesus 24/7 series published by The United Church of Canada. Jesus 24/7 was actually the outcome of my Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary, in which I analyzed the tradition of...

The Beloved Community

Thinking about David Bruce and his love of the Ti-Cats – and I thought nothing good could come from Hamilton 😉 I have been thinking about whether it matters what we call ourselves…Even the term “Christian” is problematic for us – at least...

What is the Gospel?

What is the good news of Jesus Christ? You may think this is a crazy question. Everyone knows the gospel, right? Or, at least, everyone who’s gone to Sunday school knows the drill—surely. Yet the gospel has fallen on hard times. A recent conference that drew more than...

About the Christians blending in:

So there’s this nice, really nice, middle aged couple who go to Walmart to buy food for the food bank.  They ask the nice, really nice, young woman cashier to keep the food bank food together because ‘it’s going to the church’ and the rest of...