Lost and Found: Stories from the Rubbish Heap

A friend recently lamented that her favourite theologian had taken up writing novels. “I loved his theology, but I’m not a fan of his fiction.” My response was one of a new respect for the theologian. To my mind the greatest theological challenge is to take a distilled piece of doctrine and ask “what would …

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Navigating the Narrows: A Lenten Metaphor

My grandfather’s cottage sits atop an outcrop of Canadian Shield granite in southeastern Ontario. There is no road access. It is a journey of two lakes, and between the lakes lies “the narrows”. As kids we’d pile into his motorboat at the landing, a weekend worth of groceries packed around us. Poppa would fire up …

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The End of Sunday School

It’s a strange feeling to be in a profession that is slowly collapsing. As a religious educator I have been hired by churches across the denominational spectrum to work with an institution that is now running on fumes: Sunday School. It makes for a daily exercise in humility when the initiative I have built my …

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On Whale Carcasses and Bible Stories

After hearing Vancouver-based theatre artist, Tetsuro Shigematsu, describe what happens to a  whale after it dies, a thought came to me: maybe Bible stories are to spiritual ecology what whale carcasses are to marine ecology. Shigematsu’s description of the epic demise of the world’s largest mammal is as much poetry as it is science:  The life of a …

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