Spirituality

Faith as a Journey—Always on the Move

October 11, 2016

When I was eighteen, I thought I knew everything. At least, everything that mattered. I was fairly intelligent, and knew how to figure out whatever I needed to learn. I had a pretty solid idea of what I was going to do with my life, and how to get there. I cared about other people, […]

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No Justice but Social Justice

October 4, 2016

A while ago, I was having a conversation with an acquaintance from church about the concept of Justice. I had been describing the ways that we see working toward social justice within our community as an essential part of living out the Gospel. He, on the other hand, was fully in support of “justice” as […]

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Simple Experiments in Contemplative Photography

January 29, 2016

I love photography. It’s fun, can be as simple or as complicated as I want it to be, and it shapes how I see my surroundings. I especially love its power to tell stories—stories about current events, about our friends and family and communities, about the world around us. But as powerful of a tool […]

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A Guest Post I Wrote About Wheaton, Theology, and Love

January 19, 2016

For today’s post, I chose to weigh in on the recent Wheaton College/Prof Hawkins fiasco, particularly from a pragmatic missional perspective. Just in case you’ve been lamenting the lack of controversy on our blog… I wrote the article for Threads UK, a website for young adult Christians in the UK. Here’s a snippet: Wheaton, while […]

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Everyday Spirituality: Walking

November 18, 2015

Cultivating a spiritual life—a life marked by prayer, by noticing and interacting with God in the world, by a calm and peaceful and loving spirit—does not happen easily. Nor is it contained only Sundays and select church events. It comes from regular discipline and intentionality, finding our own thin places every day for God to break through […]

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Journey into Peace, Part 1: An Introduction to Peacemaking

November 3, 2015

You may have noticed that I talk a lot about the idea of peace and the need for peacemaking for a while now—here, on Facebook and Twitter, in materials for our partners, in conversation… but I haven’t always been good at explaining what I’m actually talking about. This is important to clarify, because for the […]

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On Being Spiritually Cross-Cultural

October 6, 2015

A while ago, a friend in the neighbourhood sent me a Youtube video of an interview with a guru that he had found helpful in his spiritual journey. Because the interview was an hour long, it took awhile for me to get around to watching it. I finally made the time for it this weekend, […]

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God of the Margins, In Church and Out

September 15, 2015

I hate sitting in pews at church. Or in rows of chairs. Or doing anything that everyone else is doing, for that matter. I just like to be different, I suppose. Part of this, I’m sure, comes from my own arrogance and desire to be difficult, a feeling that I should be unique from everyone […]

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The Lonely Man on the Mountain, and the Significance of Being Present

September 8, 2015

The act of listening to a story can be powerful. It’s easy to get caught up on big projects or community activities, and lose sight of how simply being present with a person, sitting with them and listening to them, can be one of the greatest acts of love. Awhile ago Liz and I went […]

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When a Friend is Kicked Out of Church

May 19, 2015

What do you do when your friend gets kicked out of church? Really. Sunday morning, as we were heading off to church, I bumped into one of our neighbours coming home. He said that morning he and his son had showed up at a local parish church—for the first time in years—and told the usher […]

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