All across the nation today, there will be ceremonies commemorating National Aboriginal Day (or what will soon be National Indigenous People’s Day, according to Justin Trudeau). There will be dancing and singing and regalia and official speeches by important people in city centers from sea to sea to sea. […]
Therefore God lifted him high, and granted freely to him the name above every name, so that in the name of Jesus every knee would bend, in heaven, on earth, under the earth, and every tongue constent. —— So began today’s morning reading in the prayer book that I sometimes use. […]
Recently, I finally got around to watching Lion, the Oscar-nominated film based on the true story of Saroo Brierley who, as a five-year-old boy, is accidentally separated from his older brother while scavenging in trains in India. After falling asleep on a bench at one of the stations, Saroo (played by Sunny Pawar) boards another train hoping to find his brother but ends up 1600 kilometers
He sits over in the corner of the little restaurant on the #3 highway that a friend and I sometimes meet at to talk about God, life, pastoring. He is wet and dirty, just like the weather outside, a ball cap pulled down over long black hair, a wispy moustache straining and stretching over snarling lips. […]
The traditional view of God that is embraced by most—what is called “classical theology”—works from the assumption that God’s essential divine nature is atemporal, immutable, and impassible. The Church Fathers fought to articulate and defend the absolute distinction between the Creator and creation and they did this—in a variety of ways—by defining God’s eternal nature over-and-against the creation. Thus they embraced a conception of God’s being in his transcendent nature that contrasted with God’s accommodating activity with his people. God’s essential eternal nature was defined over-and-against God’s ultimate accommodation in the Incarnation and Crucifixion of Christ. [...] The post Classical Theism’s Unnecessary Paradoxes appeared first on Greg Boyd - ReKnew.
“I have a complaint to make.” The comment was made by a member of our church who periodically drops in on me Tuesday mornings. The twinkle in his eye and the grin on his face signaled that this “complaint” was more of an observation or a conversation starter than an actual grievance. […]
Truth and love are both basic virtues for Christians. The Bible tells us God is love, and Jesus is the truth (1 John 4:8, John 14:6). But sometimes truth and love seem to get in each other’s way. Or maybe it is what we think is the truth and what we think is loving. Continue reading Loss and grief and rejection pulverize a heart
A few days ago the world received the news that a Mennonite Christian peacebuilder named Michael “MJ” Sharp was killed while working for peace with the local church and the United Nations in the Congo. […]
Read more...MJ Sharp: An Inspiring Man Who Gave Himself for the Lives of Others. His Life Points Us to Jesus.The post MJ Sharp: An Inspiring Man Who Gave Himself for the Lives of Others. His Life Points Us to Jesus. appeared first on Christian Peacebuilding.
You have to have a special access code to get into the dementia ward. The doors must remain locked at all times. Safety, etc. I never remember what the code is so I have to wait for the attendant to let me in. She doesn’t look very happy with me. The room is smaller than I […]
I finally got a chance to see Martin Scorcese’s Silence over the weekend. The film arrived late in our town, and even then only in the second-run theatre (I imagine its themes were probably deemed “too religious,” and therefore not profitable enough for mass consumption). The film is, of course, based on Shusaku Endo’s 1969 novel by the same name, and is set in the context of the 17th century persecution of Japanese Christians by the Inquisitor Inoue. It is a masterfully made film based on a beautifully written novel that asks hard questions about the nature of martyrdom and faith and fidelity and suffering, and, of course, about the silence of God. […]
"NO! I don't wanna go to the doctor! I wanna watch Dora!" "Just let me sleep in, dad. I don't want to go to school." "Don't take away the Wifi! I can do the stupid dishes later! Stop!" "Why shouldn't I have a car? I'm 16 and I've passed my driver's exam. I'm old enough." "You never understood me!" "I hate you. I HATE YOU!" And the parent waits, patiently. She waits expectantly.