Three Little Pigs Re-Imagined

In the latest edition of the New Direction newsletter, Pathway, I referred to Jesus’ parable about the workers in the vineyard. Some of you may remember this story from Matthew 20 where Jesus describes a group of temp workers hired to work in the vineyard. The eager beavers get hired first thing in the morning…

Better is One Day in Your House ….

Maybe it was because I’d caught the bug my kids were sick with. Maybe it was due to being up very early all week with our new puppy. Maybe it was PMS. Not sure what it was, but as I made the drive to another suburb of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) to preach, my…

Another take on ‘disputable matters’

Back in May I had the opportunity to speak at a conference called Presentensions. The two main speakers were David Fitch and Phyllis Tickle. I spoke abit about Tickle in my post on authority here. I noticed, however, that David Fitch raised some questions after that particular event in his blog post entitled: Questioning The…

Review: The End of Sexual Identity

Earlier this spring, Jenell Williams Paris published the book, “The END of Sexual Identity: Why Sex is Too Important to Define Who We Are”. I was intrigued when I heard about it – but my premonition that I wouldn’t like it very much. To be truthful, there just aren’t that many books from a Christian…

What does it mean to be welcoming?

Pastors’ Conversation Live Stream from Flexweb Multimedia on Vimeo. Thank you to all who tuned in and participated with us in our pastors’ conversation. Despite some technical glitches in the live stream, I was grateful for the conversation overall and pleased to see how many are accessing the video. My sense is that some will…

Where now is our authority?

This blog has been rather quiet lately as I’ve jumped into the deep end of the pool in my doctoral studies. I love to learn and love being a student again. My cohort of nine other students is from very diverse backgrounds and I’m enjoying hearing their different perspectives. My particular research area is really…

The Challenge of Pursuing Justice

This cartoon by my friend David Hayward, who posts his blogs and cartoons over at nakedpastor.com, captures the tension and emotion I’ve been trying to process in light of several recent realities. Many of you will be aware of the online petitions that madly circulated the last few days of the Ugandan parliament deliberations. The…

Personhood

To what extent does our experience of sexuality interact with our sense of personhood? This is a question that has come up in conversation and times of reflection. As I navigate the variety of ways this conversation around faith and sexuality is articulated in different parts of the Christian community, I often encounter what has…

The Space Between

This idea of “the space between” is something I’ve been pondering for a while. Terri, who did some initial work on our arts initiative, coined the phrase as the title for our upcoming new arts website. The thought was of the space between you and the frame (ie. the frame around a painting)- the space…