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The National – Social Media Shaming

The National, one of Canada’s best news programs, recently showed a piece about social media shaming. I first heard about it through Brianna Wu, a game developer who is on a couple of podcasts I listen to and was featured in the piece because of the various abuse she has...

Political Socialism and the Church

While I am often political in the broad sense of how people live together, I don’t typically weigh in on specifics of how I think government could best govern. I need to weigh in with support for Ben Corey’s article “We’re Not Actually Socialist”. Here’s the centre of his discussion:...

Church Websites

I once had a conversation with one of my seminary classmates. After she had moved to Kingston, she did like many Christians do: she searched for a new church. And like most people, she started by simply Googling and looking at the websites that came up. She had to look at multiple...

WikiGodPod: Our Stories Shaping God

Creative Process of A Living Alternative

Recently I was talking about stuff on WikiGodPod, a podcast out of the Greater Toronto Area (I live close to the GTA in Kitchener) centred around our stories and how that shapes how we understand God. I’m not somebody who speaks well without preparation, so the potential questions were sent in...

Marginalized quote from Searching for Sunday

Review: Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday is Rachel Held Evans’ best book yet. The main reason for that is because it is full of hope. A Year of Biblical Womanhood was a fantastic analysis of various biblical texts along with a fun engagement of how many different ways genuine Christians (and Jews) interpret those texts. Faith Unraveled...

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Searching for Sunday: Marriage

In the final section of Searching for Sunday, Rachel Held Evans tackles the sacrament of marriage. She makes an important point which should preface everything else. When we talk about this sacrament, we aren’t strictly talking only about legal marriage. In broader terms, it is the sacrament of living life together with...

Marginalized quote from Searching for Sunday

Searching for Sunday: Anointing the Sick

In the section of Searching for Sunday about anointing the sick, the focus is on church as a healing place. She makes an important distinction between curing and healing, using curing to mean simply dealing with an immediate problem and healing to mean a more relational process. I’m not sure the distinction...

Searching for Sunday: Confirmation

Confirmation, like Holy Orders, is another on the list of sacraments that I haven’t had a lot of personal experience with. My United Church growing up did confirmation classes for the teenagers every few years. I didn’t take part when my time came. I was happy going to church, but...

Searching for Sunday: Communion

A little over eleven years ago, I was in Merida, Venezuela receiving communion. It was the conclusion of a short-term mission trip. Our team was comprised approximately equally between teenagers affiliated with my hometown’s United Church (myself included) and its Anglican Church. After our host prayed, he invited us forward two...

Searching for Sunday: Holy Orders

In the third section of Searching for Sunday, Rachel Held Evans talks about Holy Orders. I was a little ashamed to admit that I wasn’t even familiar with the phrase “Holy Orders” so I’m glad she explained that it simply meant church leadership positions: pastor, priest, bishop, deacon, etc. The central theme...