7 Things to Remember about God and the Problem of Pain

Pain – we are all equally subject to it. It is vitally important, therefore, to establish a view of pain and suffering that does justice to God’s character, the witness of scripture and our experience of it. I once heard someone make this comment in relation to our attempts to better understand the problem of […]

God and the problem of pain

3 Ways in Which the Absence of Liturgy is Hurting the Contemporary Church

I was raised in a non-liturgically based Christian denomination and have since spent the vast majority of my adult life in a Pentecostal/Charismatic context. Suffice it to say I was not well-versed in liturgy. At least not in the traditional sense of the word. However, my experience in more liturgically based church gatherings have always […]

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The Danger of Seeking God

The danger of seeking God comes when the picture or conception of God we have formulated is inaccurate. If we have created an image of God built around little more than our own psychological projections, contemporary philosophical assumptions, or religious persuasions, maybe we need to take a step back and reflect on another picture. For instance, […]

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No Walls Needed: The Ten Commandments, Evangelism by Force and Walking Away from Christianity

I’m just going to say it…Placing the ten commandments on the walls of our schools or attempting to force people to recite the Lord’s Prayer in public spaces, is not the way to spread Christianity. Believing that we can create positive change by enforcing it through a law-based means runs counter to the grace-filled, discipleship […]

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The Horizontal Nature of Church Music and Singing

The Church’s sung worship has a very important horizontal element associated with its practice. Two texts in particular deal with the horizontal nature of the Church’s song – Ephesians 5:18 and Colossians 3:16.  Both have been written by the Apostle Paul and communicate a very similar emphasis. “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” […]

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The Place of Christianity in the Canadian Political Process

Christians have often struggled with living in a society that has been consistently opposed to biblical concepts and ideals. The New Testament, particularly Luke’s account in the Book of Acts, is replete with examples of how the Christian message met with cultural resistance and the struggles that later ensued for local Christians. Throughout Church history, […]

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Does God Show Up? Rethinking ‘God Moments’ and Divine Intervention

Let me say it up front – I don’t believe there is such a thing as a ‘God moment.’ By ‘God moment’ I refer to the phrase that speaks of those episodes when God is said to suddenly ‘show up.’ For Christians, the phrase would normally be used in the context of a church service, meeting […]

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