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Church Practices – Lectionary

Other Practices The Practice theStory uses the lectionary that is arranged in a three-year cycle so that we hear the entire biblical story — creation and fall, the exodus, captivity and return, the promise and advent of the Messiah, the coming of the Holy Spirit, and the promise of the coming kingdom. These cycles are […]

Church Practices – Infant Baptism & Dedication

Other Practices The Practice As a Free Methodist Church we interchange the words baptism and dedication. For us having parents offer their children back to God alongside of their community is an important and symbolic act towards owning our identity as Christians. Baptism/Dedication is the basic sacrament of initiation where a relationship is established between […]

America Is A Religion Of Violence

Just watched this little exchange with Sam Harris, Ben Affleck and Bill Maher. Not sure why someone like Affleck was on the show. Not only can he not debate well, he got all too personal and cheap. He could have made his arguments much better. Harris, who in many ways I disagree with wrote a […]

Church Practices – Membership

Other Practices The Practice At theStory we value each other, the Kingdom of God, and being rooted in our city. We also accept all the risks that come with this location and identity. By God’s grace we aim to follow Jesus Christ in heart and life being formed by the scriptures and worship, tradition, reason, […]

Why Christianity Got It Wrong

Christianity as a religion really isn’t that spectacular (and no it’s not because Christianity is a relationship and not a religion). We’ve got some interesting stories, most of which are rewrites of other stories. There is revelation that we hold to which leads to all sorts of different doctrine (most of which isn’t that unique […]

“My lips are near but my heart is far away…” A Sermon on Matthew 21:23-32

Since we’ve all been children and many of you are parents, I think we all know what it’s like to know the difference between saying what somebody wants to hear and saying the truth. Rachel and I have this fight all the time. She is much more inclined to save face, be nice and say […]

A Sermon On Identity and Infant Baptism or Dedication

All of us have an identity. Some of us can be attributed to multiple identities. We identify as mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, grandparents, pipefitters, teachers, friends, entrepreneurs, academics, farmers, certain sports fans, retirees and the list goes on. Almost everything that is done by a human can eventually be turned into an identification marker for […]

Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney ,The News and What’s Important

The first time I heard of Clooney/Alamuddin wedding – it was in a coffee shop in Toronto, and I was scrolling through the newspaper (I believe it was the Toronto Star). I started laughing and read the photo caption because it read something like “George Clooney marries Lebanese-born Brit.” Of course, my feminist wife (who […]

My Conversation About Mark Driscoll and ISIS

Every once in a while I like to sit in front of Facebook and leave some comments that will stir some thinking, or just confront strange statements or conversation. I don’t know what comes over me, but I do know that Rachel gets really mad at me. Sometimes I just can’t resist though. This is […]

We Make Institutions, They Don’t Make Us

The nature and origins of our institutions has been something that I’ve become more aware of over the last little while. By institution I mean systems of organization assembled by people. These organizations turn into amazingly complex and powerful organizations and have accomplished many fantastic and horrible things. One of these institutions is the church. […]