Pathos & Mission in a Post-Secular Age: Toward a Theopoetic of the Ek-Klesia

ABSTRACT: The processes of secularization have brought about significant shifts in religious experience and expression. While more and more churches in the West acknowledge the end of Christendom, many struggle to adapt meaningful approaches to mission in a secular age. Through a brief review of popular responses to secularization I argue that a majority ofContinue reading “Pathos & Mission in a Post-Secular Age: Toward a Theopoetic of the Ek-Klesia”

When Obsession Drives Division

A week ago I wrote a piece about how the literalist hermeneutic leads to inhospitable practices [esp. toward LGBTQ+] and how Jesus invites literalists into a new “kingdom” way of hospitality. In the days following I read the news of my MP’s petition to amend Bill C-6 that bans conversion therapy. I also read aContinue reading “When Obsession Drives Division”

When Literalists Find New Treasure

I’m on an email distribution list for pastors of the Free Methodist Church in Canada because I used to serve in an associated church. For the most part this means I receive the odd prayer request or finance email. But a few times a year the email thread flares up around something of concern. LikeContinue reading “When Literalists Find New Treasure”

Losing Our Way /// Finding Our Way

Some days it seems the world has lost its way. The everyday ironies have become a condition of confusion, leading us on a way with no destination other than the next empty promise. We’re invited to gain muscles without exercise. To earn money without work. To have energy without rest. To obtain degrees without learning.Continue reading “Losing Our Way /// Finding Our Way”

Anthems & Apocalypse

Every morning before starting the day our children are asked to stand for the playing of the national anthem. Forgive me, but there is something disturbing about watching your 6 year old slide off his chair at the kitchen table to stand at attention while a computer plays O Canada. Every. Day. I’m going toContinue reading “Anthems & Apocalypse”

On Vocation *

For most who live, hell is never knowing who they are.The Singer knew and knowing was his torment.When he awoke, the song was there.Its melody beckoned and begged him to sing it.It hung upon the windand settled in the meadows where he walked. – Calvin Miller, The Singer  The opening lines to Calvin Miller’s trilogyContinue reading “On Vocation *”

The Point of Christmas

Christmas. My least-favourite favourite time of year. My childhood memory bank is filled with sentimental thoughts and feelings around Christmas but the older I get the more I find myself pulling away from the tradition that has become an orgy of consumerism, anxious exchange and gluttony. But that’s not really my concern here. In thisContinue reading “The Point of Christmas”

Remembering to Forget: reflecting on imperial liturgies

“The people who burned witches at the stake never for one moment thought of their act as violence; rather they thought of it as an act of divinely mandated righteousness. The same can be said of most of the violence humans have ever committed.” (Gil Baillie, Violence Unveiled: Humanity at the Crossroads) Violence is alwaysContinue reading “Remembering to Forget: reflecting on imperial liturgies”