Category Archives: culture

The God Who Sends is The God Who Loves (new article on Trinity, Mission, and Participation)

I’ve just published an article on the Trinity, Mission, and Participation (or, more specifically: a trinitarian, participatory approach to missional ecclesiology). It developed out of a paper originally given at a Canadian-American Theological Association conference featuring Michal Gorman as keynote … Continue reading

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Lesslie Newbigin’s Legacy to missional ecclesiology

For anyone who might be interested, I recently posted a paper on Lesslie Newbigin’s concept of the missionary congregation as a precursor to the missional church. The paper is basically a revised (and slightly shortened) version of the first chapter … Continue reading

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Eden Rahim on capital, philosophy and Kierkegaard

My friend David Peck interviews Eden Rahim, Portfolio Manager, & Options & Derivatives Strategist (and also a friend). Eden is a capitalist and a Kierkegaardian. Makes for some interesting conversation! Here’s the link: Here’s a fuller bio on Eden: … Continue reading

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Why young people leave the church

I just posted a link on facebook (reposted here, for those who follow my blog but may not be on facebook). It’s a blog post from marc5solas on why young people are leaving the church in droves today. I found … Continue reading

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Is ‘spirituality’ in general a good thing? One study suggests perhaps not.

Is ‘spirituality’ in general a good thing? One recent study in the British Journal of Psychiatry concludes: “People who have a spiritual understanding of life in the absence of a religious framework are vulnerable to mental disorder.” An interesting conclusion. … Continue reading

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Who said this about evangelicalism? Rob Bell? Greg Boyd? Brian MacLaren? Tony Campolo? F. F. Bruce?

On Friday, I posted the following quote about evangelicalism, asking for your best guess as to who said it: “Today, Protestant [Evangelicalism] although heir-apparent to the supernaturalist gospel of the Biblical and Reformation minds, is a stranger, in its predominant … Continue reading

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Can you guess who said this about evangelicalism? (no googling!)

Can you guess made the following statement about evangelicalism? No googling allowed – I just want to hear the first guess that comes to your mind. Share your reactions to the quote as well. On Monday I’ll reveal the answer … Continue reading

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Great post on what it means to be a “missional church”

Here is a link to a fantastic post on what being “missional” means. It’s by Len Hjalmarson, reflecting on a quote from Charles Ringma (my ThM thesis adviser from my days at Regent). Worth reading, as a healthy reminder, for … Continue reading

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Where you start determines where you go . . . and something else.

A thought occurred to me yesterday as I was walking from my office to the student centre at Providence to have lunch (funny how ‘revelations’ often hit us during ordinary or even mundane activities – walking, taking a shower, etc.!) … Continue reading

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Is ‘homophobia’ a meaningless term?

The Associated Press recently removed ‘homophobia’ from its style guide, due to its (alleged) imprecision (what exactly does it mean?) and often derisive application (basically name-calling). See the following link from First Thoughts (a blog on the website of the … Continue reading

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