Subversion and irony of Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, the beginning of that fateful Passion week. Jesus is fulfilling a prophecy found in Zechariah 9:9. There’s a certain sense of irony, however, with how he’s approaching the entire event. The entire story is a preview of the very nature of...
Building Joy and Excitement

Building Joy and Excitement

Your life, right now, what brings you excitement? It’s easy to slip into a routine where excitement escapes us and we settle, or we fail to celebrate things that are exciting moments and let them pass by. When we read about Jesus we notice that he was exciting...

Going to Church….Service

When you describe your Sunday morning plans have you ever respond with, “going to church?” Have you ever told your kid to get ready for “church”? At a gathering of church leaders, put on by The Parish Collective, one simple idea struck me. Most...
Notice

Notice

There’s a common theme as you read through the stories in the first four books in the New Testament. Jesus interacts with people that are outcasts, the people everyone can see but nobody wants to notice. Jesus takes the time to turn cultural practices on its...

Jesus and the Other – On Refugees

There’s a story in the Bible found in the book of Mark 7. It’s particularly relevant today given the events covered by the media about the influx of Syrian refugees into Western Europe. The story begins with Jesus interacting with the Pharisees. The...

How you can respond to the Syrian refugee crisis

It took the exposure of the lifeless body of a small child lying face down in the ocean’s sand to raise the collective disgust of the West. Canadians are fortunate in a way. The massive influx of refugees from the world’s trouble spots won’t suddenly...
No community from afar

No community from afar

Could you fit the Christian message in a Tweet? 160 characters or less? I think I could fit an explanation, but I believe beliefs need to be embodied, not something we simply comprehend in our head. There’s a scripture in Romans: 12:2. “Do not conform to...