The current refugee crisis is exactly that: a crisis. A very complicated crisis, at that. Believe me…I happen to be living in one of the European countries taking in the most refugees.
I’ve seen the Facebook posts (and debates), read the news articles, watched the YouTube clips, and no, the solution is not simple. But neither is it […]
I haven’t suffered very much in my life.
But all in all, I am not familiar with sorrow, tragedy or distress. Not the kind that I’ve been reading about in the headlines […]
Growing up in Canada, I used to eat pankcakes for breakfast, watch Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday evenings (cheering of course for the Edmonton Oilers), and was used to traffic being backed up because of a stopped train.
A few weeks ago when my 1-year old son and I hopped on a plane to […]
Have you ever been to a confession booth?
And to be honest, I don’t have any desire to either. Unless it is a confession booth like the one that Donald Miller and some friends once set up on their college campus, where instead of people coming to disclose their sinful secrets, they were […]
A number of years ago I was in a Lutheran church building near my hometown in Alberta, Canada. I was distracted for part of the service because there were banners everywhere with the same three letters on them, but I couldn’t figure out what the letters stood for. The banners were over the pulpit, over […]
I have a confession to make.
I’m nervous about Halloween.
Not tonight, or even October 31 next year.
I’m nervous about having to answer my son’s questions about Halloween a few years from now.
Right now he’s tiny and cute and innocent and literally knows nothing about the world. But as he grows […]
An online Google search of the term “prosperity gospel” brings up mega-church pastors’ names such as Joel Osteen, teachings such as “believe and receive,” and issues like money and self-improvement.
Depending on what you’ve heard about this topic, or what your experiences are, this will exert either an “Amen!” from you at this point, or […]
I love the biblical portraits of what we as the People of God are supposed to look like. The Church, corporately, is a bride, awaiting the coming of our Bridegroom. We are a body, with Christ as the Head. We are like sheep, with Jesus as our Good Shepherd. We are a temple, each of […]
So I finished my paper, and I want to share what I learned! I’m so glad I did this project––it’s something that’s been on my mind during my four years here at Bible school.
Let me discuss a few highlights; if you want to read the whole paper, there’s a link down at the bottom. […]
I’m in the middle of writing a paper about church, and I’d like your opinion! Whether you’ve grown up in the church or never attended a service, let me know what thoughts or questions you have.
I’m focusing on the corporate aspect of church, and not necessarily on what it means to be a Christian […]
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- Fascinated by the Father“Papa!” he says, pointing to the coffee cup. And a few minutes later, […]
- Why the Little Things Matter to GodI half-apologize for the silence on my blog lately. Not really, though, because things […]
- When God Invites Us into His Christmas PreparationsToday is December 23rd. The day before Christmas Eve. Even though it doesn’t feel like […]
- Returning to the Valley after a Mountain-top Experience
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