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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...

Searching for Sunday: Confession

Unsurprisingly, the section in Rachel Held Evans’ Searching For Sunday on confession was a more emotional one that the chapter on baptism. Confession isn’t really something we like to talk about, especially Protestants. The Church Breakup The most impactful section for me was when Rachel talked about her and Dan finally...

Bible Society of Australia Youth Videos

Yesterday, I was pointed to a youth blog by the Bible Society in Australia, another member of the United Bible Societies like the Canadian Bible Society where I work. I really liked the idea behind these two videos, which have teenagers simultaneously speaking all of the “right answers” they’ve been told while...

Searching for Sunday: Baptism

I am happy to have begun reading an advance copy of Rachel Held Evans’ newest book, Searching for Sunday. So far it’s my favourite of her three works, but I’ll get to a final review when I’m done. In the meantime, I’ll give some reactionary thoughts to each section as I...

My Journey Judging LGBTQ Christians

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...

When Intersectionality Becomes Paralyzing

Intersectionality is the concept that we have many different aspects to our identity that intersect. For most people, some of those elements are societally-dominant (white, male, wealthy, straight, etc.) and some are societally-oppressed (black, female, gay, poor, etc.). I know I’m in the dominant group in almost every category imaginable....

Why are you a Christian?

A few weeks ago, we had a group of Christians in our apartment who are involved in different churches with different background stories. We spent time simply sharing our testimonies, then one followed up by asking everyone why they are a Christian. We got an interesting range of answers: The...