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A Sermon on Violence, the Old Testament, Jesus and Why They Aren’t Compatible

This is a sermon that I spoke at church this past week. I was somewhat excited to give this sermon and yet at the same time was dreading every minute of it. This is such a sensitive topic and folks read so deeply into how someone lands on topics like this. Over the last few […]

Why World Vision Made Two Smart Decisions

Think about it. Smart Decision #1 World Vision makes a decision to be more in line with the gospel by removing the barriers of employment of their organization. This decision basically said they recognize that you could be a Christian and gay and still get hired. Typical human rights stuff. Typical Jesus stuff. By the […]

Is God Just A Violent Partner That We Make Excuses For?

There has been lots of conversation lately in my circles about the violence in the Bible stemming from our 1 year series in 1-2 Samuel. All excellent conversation. Last night while speaking with Kevin and Aaron about the issues we realized that Christians have a particular issue with approaching issues of violence in the Bible. […]

Rich People Hate Poor People Because They Hate Their Own Decisions

Every once in a while I get into these ridiculous conversations with people who tend to ramble on with their ignorant comments about poor people. You know the kind of comments. Why don’t they just get a job? They are lazy. They don’t contribute to society. They are a drain on society. Similar comments we’d […]

Costa Rica

theStory sent a team to Costa Rica to work with Christ for the City in a small area called Tirrases with Horacio & Esther Lopez. It was a great experience and the team learned a lot. Here are some photos. And you can see all the photos here.

Court Decides that Sarnia Can Shut Down Church-Run Volunteer-Supported Shelter

I received this in an e-mail from George Esser today. It really is sad that despite River City doing the right thing and improving the lives of people that a bi-law would still override compassion. Reminded me of this quote from Martin Luther King Jr. One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility […]

All Theology Is Relative

Here is my train of thought on this one. 1. Issues of theology – hermeneutics, interpretation, christology, ecclesiology – are all issues of faith. This means that only people who subscribe to a particular kind of faith have any interest in exploring, determining and believing anything about it. They are thoughts and beliefs of a […]

Can Our Future Really Change Even Though Our Past Cannot?

As I meet different people I am becoming more and more certain of the kind of life that I want mine to become. I am always far from being the kind of person that I think I should be, but when I see certain kinds of people live their day to day lives I am […]

Church Practices – Music

The last week of every month at theStory we are discussing the practices we do together as a community.  We are trying to give some substance to why we do the things we do.  We recognize that the practices we partake in a formative and shape us into the body of Christ.  So how and […]

Church Practices – Eucharist

The last week of every month at theStory we are discussing the practices we do together as a community.  We are trying to give some substance to why we do the things we do.  We recognize that the practices we partake in a formative and shape us into the body of Christ.  So how and […]