Embracing the Kingdom Vision of Jesus

Part 1: Blessed are the poor - including the excluded

The biblical impetus behind this two-part series is what has commonly been referred to as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, or in this case The Sermon on the Plain, in Luke 6. Part one will focus Luke 6:20, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.” While some hold to […]

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Christian Legalism: A Dead End

In Christianity Sometimes Less is More

In his letter to the Galatian believers, Paul included several powerful and thought-provoking questions for their serious consideration: “You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain […]

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New Appointment: Senior Editor of ChristianWeek

I’m both honoured and excited to be joining the team at ChristianWeek as Senior Editor!

My goal will be to provide and facilitate news leads and positive stories about what God is doing throughout Canada and the world. As before, we will continue in the tradition of providing solid editorial articles, as well as guest commentaries, that seek to inform, encourage and inspire the Christian community.

In 1987 ChristianWeek founder Harold Jantz launched a small newspaper with a big vision—nothing less than opening a window on Christian faith and life in Canada. Against the odds it succeeded, and ChristianWeek has been publishing the stories of God and His people in Canada ever since.

Mission Statement
ChristianWeek is uniquely positioned as Canada’s only national interdenominational news publication. Our goal is to provide practical, balanced, hope-filled perspective on national and global issues.

We help Canadian Christians understand the broader issues facing their country and world, and the hands on ways in which they can get involved and make a difference. We provide grass roots ministries and initiatives a platform to share their work with a broader audience, and build bridges of understanding between diverse Christian audiences, helping them find areas of commonality.

We aim to inform, encourage and inspire the Christian community.

If you would like to submit an article or news piece for publication, please send me your proposal via email at editor@christianweek.org.

The Pentecostal Foursquare Gospel and the Kingdom of God

Revisiting early Pentecostal themes for a contemporary generation.

During the early stages of the Pentecostal movement, four doctrines in particular began to emerge that not only shaped the experience of its people, but also came to define the ethos of the movement itself. Commonly referred to as the Foursquare Gospel, the themes were: salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit, divine healing, and the second […]


What is God Like?

Learning to center our understanding and experience of God in Jesus.

When you think about God, what picture comes to mind? For so many of us, we picture God as someone who is inclined to be against us, not for us. We picture God as someone who is always looking for an opportunity to judge us; a God who expects absolute perfection from us at all […]

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Grace and Forgiveness: Cardinal Virtues in a Hostile World

The revenge motif may be all too common and acceptable in our world, but that model does not apply in the Kingdom of God.

To err is human; to forgive is divine. Our society is bent on retribution and revenge. I don’t get mad, I get even seems to illustrate the prevailing consensus in the world, while the qualities of grace and forgiveness appears to be the exception rather than the rule. For whatever reason, people are more apt […]

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2 Reasons NOT to Keep Christ in Christmas

We 'Keep Christ in Christmas' when Jesus' posture of humility continues to shape our life in the world.

Keep Christ in Christmas is the slogan of choice for many Christians during this time of year. We see the phrase used all over the place – from Facebook posts, Twitter feeds and Instagram pictures, to Pinterest links, blog posts and videos. However, while Keep Christ in Christmas is a good way for Jesus-followers to remember and live […]

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Pentecostal Christianity: A Faith Worth Seeking

Pentecostalism has often been referred to as a contemporary expression of evangelical piety, characterized preeminently by its emphasis on the heart aspects of Christianity, while found to be lacking in the categories of the mind. Though oftentimes viewed as making a number of positive contributions as a renewal movement within evangelicalism, primarily in relation to […]


The Missing Piece in the Discipleship Puzzle

Moving from the information age to the apprentice stage.

I just finished reading Matthew’s account of the Jesus-story, specifically the last three chapters. I’ve read this section many times before and have been moved in a slightly different way each time. Here are two things that stood out to me during this particular reading. 1. The first was the variety and content of the insults directed towards […]

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