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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. […]

Questions We Ask Kids Before Baptism

I’m preparing the service for this Sunday where we are performing three baby dedications/baptisms. I’ve been reading through the Free Methodist language and liturgy surrounding it. There is one section in our Manual that struck me as odd. So this is just a random thought/reaction I had to this. These are questions that we could […]

Should We Stop Calling Ourselves Christians?

In Acts 11 we find out the “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.” What we don’t really know is when the term Christian was self-applied. In the three instances it shows up in the Scriptures we see it be attributed to a group of people. Other people who were not Christians would call […]

Sermon: We Are What We Love

This morning I want to lay out a basic argument and then have us discuss its implications for us as individuals, families and a church. Humans have undergone quite a transition throughout it’s history especially in the way that we think about ourselves. Modernism is a word that we use to describe that kind of […]

Poor Neighbourhoods

Since about 2006, when I moved back to Sarnia, and having read just enough Claiborne to be naive, I have always intentionally moved into the poorest and roughest area that I could find in Sarnia. It was the whole ‘moving into abandoned places of the empire’ kind of methodology. This isn’t saying much for a […]

A Review of Generous Spaciousness by Wendy Gritter

Just finished reading Wendy’s book called Generous Spaciousness. I wish I would have read it ten years ago. Theological attacks have polarized the conversation around homosexuality for too long. What has been needed for a long time is a pastoral voice to walk into the midst and offer a third way. What Wendy offer’s with […]

Confession is More Than Removing Guilt

Humans have this sort of innate ability to adjust to their surroundings. Well, I guess everything does. But with humans I find it interesting because there is more to the adjustment then just thousands of years of evolution. There is an intentional emotional and psychological evolution that happens that is generally a response or protection […]

A Sermon On “…by what we have left undone.”

Since introducing different prayers and liturgical readings I find myself pondering specific phrases during the week. I start to become more aware of things that I wouldn’t have noticed if they weren’t there. So this morning I wanted to unpack one of the lines in our confession that we do before the prayers of the […]