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Action Precedes Belief Only Once You’ve Been Enlightened

We start life where the way we live informs the way we think. We are raised as children and then eventually grow into adults and we only know life how we experience it. The majority of people stay there. They only ever think as far as their experiences allow. So for most people, their entire […]

Thinking Further And Acting Better Than Bill Maher On Muslims, Terrorism and The Charlie Hebdo attacks

Bill Maher has been growing in popularity as of late. People are really jumping on his no-shit direct opposition to religion. In particular, he was recently on the Jimmy Kimmel show where he stated that “there are no great religions. They’re all stupid and dangerous.” This was in the middle of his rant about the […]

The Goodness and Badness of Guilt and Grace

This morning we chatted a bit about guilt, shame, repentance, confession and this quote: The one way of not doing anything about a situation is feeling guilty about it, because when people feel guilty about a situation they most usually, instead of doing something practical to change it, they resort to all sorts of symbolic […]

New Years Sermon: On Meaninglessness and Setting Goals

Let me start with a story. This is taken from Caesura Letters. Philosophies for Sale is a clever dialogue written by Lucian of Samosata, a second century satirist. It is a story about an auction organized by Zeus and Hermes. The gods present prospective buyers with the great philosophers of the past, whose theories are […]

If White People Are Upset About A Barrier, Imagine What Aboriginals Must Feel Like Over Their Land

In most conflicts between white folk and aboriginal folk we are usually presented with quite the bit of rhetoric that someone isn’t following the rules. In the recent situation at Ipperwash where Kettle and Stony Point band sent in trucks and workers to remove barriers that had been there for forty years there was an […]

Trends in Conversations around the Protests

In trying to follow the unfolding of the Michael Brown shooting and protests and the Burnaby mountain protests I am noticing several different trends in the conversation. 1. Individual Justice vs Corporate Justice – Many of the protests are about a larger injustice that is taking place, but the arguments against the protests are almost […]

A Sermon on Thankfulness

This week has been an interesting and eventful week for me. The story about our ducks being taken is going into the newspaper. I wrote few blog posts that got some attention and conversation going. One of the blog posts I wrote was a little rant about the national anthem and how standing for the […]

Tim Gibb and Bethel’s Fight Against The “Homosexual Agenda”

I spent an hour of my evening tonight listening to Pastor Tim Gibb (the senior pastor of a decade or so at the Sarnia Pentecostal Church that I grew up up) ripping into the “gay agenda” (whatever that means) and the “gay theologians” (he never did mention their names, maybe I’m one of them! But […]

Parables of Judgment – It’s Really Not Looking Good For Us

The last three weeks of the church calendar have been awfully depressing. Especially if we read them right. Parable of the Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13) Must read David Henson’s take | My sermon here Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) Must read Sylvia Keesmaat’s take on this one Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46) I’ve read […]

Why We Shouldn’t Stand For Our National Anthem

I don’t think I really thought about this until the last few years. But lately, I just haven’t been able to stand when the national anthem is on. It just feels so, I don’t know, nationalistic. As a sea of people stand up for this song, for their country, I can’t help but see it […]