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Love, Prayer, and Academic Life

2019-04-17T11:16:21-04:00September 12th, 2016|Categories: Encrusted Words|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It’s been too long since I have spent any concentrated time with the writings of Søren Kierkegaard – but this summer saw something of a revival in my love and attention toward his works. This revival was been partly inspired by a family vacation in Denmark and Copenhagen, which [...]

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2016-03-29T20:00:46-04:00March 29th, 2016|Categories: Encrusted Words|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Thomas encounters the risen Jesus in this Sunday's lectionary passage: John 20:19-31. A new poem based on this passage of scripture. Scars Running blind ‘round a corner, Robber to a cop in hot pursuit, Forehead meets half-opened door; Pain, dizziness, trickle of blood. Childhood memory is borne in the body, Fibrous [...]

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Declaratory Acts: A question of trust

2016-03-02T22:19:25-04:00March 2nd, 2016|Categories: Encrusted Words|

There are various reasons why some within The Presbyterian Church in Canada are suggesting that a Declaratory Act is just what the church needs in the present moment. Given the contested questions of human sexuality and identity that are presently before the church, some think that a Declaratory Act by General [...]

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Supreme Court Confusion

2016-01-27T09:41:26-04:00January 27th, 2016|Categories: Encrusted Words|Tags: , , , , , , |

Like most Canadians, I don’t make it a habit to read judgments written by the Supreme Court of Canada. Rather, I rely on journalists and other specialists to provide summaries and analyses in relation to various cases decided by the court. It is perhaps also fair to say that the [...]

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God is good. All the time?

2016-01-13T15:26:33-04:00January 13th, 2016|Categories: Encrusted Words|

God is good. All the time? On the final day of a recent study trip to Cuba, one of our Pentecostal students led morning devotions by inviting us to respond to his “God is good” with “All the time.” And to his “All the time” with, “God is good.” He [...]

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Wearing Christ

2015-07-08T09:53:50-04:00July 8th, 2015|Categories: Encrusted Words|Tags: , , , , , , , |

My final sermon as minister of Kensington Presbyterian Church, from this past Sunday. — Clothing has always been a significant part of human identity. Historically human clothing has been particularly significant in terms of our shared or our collective identities. In particular cultures there was always a similarity of dress; [...]

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National Immigration Day?

2015-05-14T10:50:12-04:00May 14th, 2015|Categories: Encrusted Words|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

My parents are immigrants to Canada. My mom and dad came to this country with their families, from the Netherlands, in 1951 and 1952 respectively. They know what it is to adapt to a new culture, to learn a new language, and to start over again making friends and family [...]

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Global Songs/Worship

2015-05-11T12:59:22-04:00May 11th, 2015|Categories: Encrusted Words|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It seems that a truce has been called in the so-called worship wars. Or at least I seem to hear a lot less these days about worship wars raging in the church. Perhaps this lull in the fighting is because the church in the West has finally realized it has bigger problems to [...]

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habit – art – seeing again

2015-04-17T10:07:26-04:00April 17th, 2015|Categories: Encrusted Words|Tags: , , , , , |

Daisy Tsai describes her work, presently on display at Luz Gallery, Montreal, with these words: Painting is habit-defying labour... As our world dazzles, rushes, and burns, i peek-a-boo through forms and colours to contend for an alternative coherence, stillness verging on celebration and distress. The notion of habit is a [...]

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