Just Enough: The Biblical Way

In church on Sunday, we were celebrating World Food Sunday. We talked about scarcity, and resource distribution, climate change, and a plethora of related topics. Throughout the service, I couldn’t help thinking on one of Kenneth C. Bailey’s quibbles with the Lord’s Prayer, which he covers in his wonderful book Jesus Through Middle-Eastern Eyes: CulturalContinue reading “Just Enough: The Biblical Way”

Book Review: Romans Disarmed

I recently read Romans Disarmed: Resisting Empire/Demanding Justice by Sylvia C. Kessmaat and Brian J. Walsh. Here are my thoughts on the book. Overall, I was very impressed with it. Modern readers tend to focus on issues of personal salvation and spirituality for a whole host of reasons, and yet that is a distortion ofContinue reading “Book Review: Romans Disarmed”

Book Review: The Kingdom of God Is A Party by Tony Campolo

A few weeks ago in church, my pastor read from the first chapter of Tony Campolo’s book, The Kingdom of God Is A Party. In it, the author tells of an experience in Hawaii where, through an interesting series of events, he ended up organizing a birthday party for a stripper in her late 30sContinue reading “Book Review: The Kingdom of God Is A Party by Tony Campolo”

Book Review: Two Books on Christian Women Leaders In The Early Church

I recently read two books on early Christian women leaders and thought I’d combine the reviews as there was a fair bit of overlap between them. The first book was Crispina and Her Sisters: Women and Authority in Early Christianity by Christine Schenk. Largely based on analysis of tomb and sarcophagi art, the book madeContinue reading “Book Review: Two Books on Christian Women Leaders In The Early Church”

On Wicca, Witchcraft, And Christianity

I was finally baptized recently, and confirmed as a member of the United Church of Canada. As part of the service, I was given an opportunity to share my faith journey, which involved also emphasizing how important my time as a Wiccan was to finally being called to Christianity. And yet, I still encounter manyContinue reading “On Wicca, Witchcraft, And Christianity”

Book Recommendations: Favorite Excerpts from Shameless

I recently read Shameless: A Sexual Reformation by Nadia Bolz-Weber, and it was brilliant. I was impressed by her no-nonsense attitude, her ability to speak truth against the grain, and her incredible wit. I learned later that she was a stand-up comedian at one point in her life which made a lot of sense inContinue reading “Book Recommendations: Favorite Excerpts from Shameless”

Recommend Reading: Top 3 For Christmas 2018

Hi all! This is a bit of a new post format for me. Given that people often struggle to find time to read, and one of the times they can sometimes fit it in is during the Christmas holiday season, I thought I’d share my top 3 recommendations of books to read this holiday season.Continue reading “Recommend Reading: Top 3 For Christmas 2018”

On Apocalyptic Anxiety: Why There’s Still Hope

I’ve been seeing a lot of posts recently on the growing phenomenon of climate anxiety–the concern over the climate change situation, whether it’s still reversible, and the concern for future generations dealing with it. This has, of course, only been exacerbated by recent reports projecting a 1.5% increase from pre-industrial levels by 2030–which brings theContinue reading “On Apocalyptic Anxiety: Why There’s Still Hope”

The Christian of the Future: Why We Need Both Mystics and Intellecutals

There’s a quote going around in Christian circles which has me worried. It’s a quote attributed to Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner and it reads: “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will not exist at all”. When I first heard this quote it was in a public speaking context, and IContinue reading “The Christian of the Future: Why We Need Both Mystics and Intellecutals”

The Foolishness of Love, Hope, and Faith

I’ve had cause recently to reflect on foolishness. The world seems rampant with it these days, and in a heavily polarized media and political discourse, people are quick to accuse others of it. To some, it appears that policies like Donald Trump’s or Doug Ford’s are the height of foolishness. To others, it is policiesContinue reading “The Foolishness of Love, Hope, and Faith”