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Lessons in humility from the bike saddle

God reveals and promises the possibility of extraordinary change: replacing our hearts of stone with hearts of flesh, transforming our instinct for self-preservation with an instinct instead for God’s love. Continue reading

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Bystanders in the Kingdom

Most of the time we find that we are bystanders in situations. As bystanders in any group or institution we can choose whether we will be part of the Kingdom of God, or not. Continue reading

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Do things ever really change?

September has drawn to a close, and the hustle and bustle of getting back into the routines of life seems to be lessening. Things seem to have settled into predictable patterns for so many whom I encounter in my life. … Continue reading

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The state of nature and the Kingdom of God

The worth and value of each life can’t be learned simply from observing how each living thing interacts with each other. Social, political, and economic equality between people cannot be learned from the state of nature. Justice and mercy and love cannot be learned from the state of nature. In other words, the Kingdom of God cannot be learned from the state of nature. Continue reading

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Soul singing

Three weeks ago, I went with friends and strangers, on a pilgrimage to Iona. As I settled in on the island, and explored the community, the liturgy, and the space, I heard of the lore of the island. It is not unlike Newfoundland and Labrador, and surrounding isles. Continue reading

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Lord, don’t give me strength

In juggling a life full of responsibilities, as in facing illness, the only way out of the circles is in realizing that being stronger isn’t going to get me through. I need to figure out the hope inherent in being weak. Continue reading

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‘Get woke’

The hardest work any of us will ever do is to go deep into the parts of ourselves that we hide and that we hide from ourselves. Continue reading

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Princess Diana: icon?

In the Christian faith, an icon is understood as a window to God. Icons aren’t painted, they are written by the prayer of the iconographer, the icon then becoming an invitation to those who see it to draw closer to God. Continue reading

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‘Who do you say that you are?’

“Christian” is a word that this world still needs. What it means is something this world desperately still needs. I don’t want this word to lose all its meaning. I don’t want to cede it to people whose primary agenda is resisting social change or reinforcing existing power structures. Continue reading

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Who is it for?

The danger in forgetting that our perspective is limited is that we risk creating a community of faith that serves and fits people who share that perspective. Continue reading

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