Right relationships in a binational denomination
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Right relationships in a binational denomination

Two decades ago, I immigrated to Canada from the United States. And for the last decade I’ve been researching the power dynamics and structures of the institutional church within the (Kuyperian) Reformed tradition. One piece that seems to be missing in current discussions of the Christian Reformed Church’s binationality and the SALT report is this…

Peterson’s theological resonances

Peterson’s theological resonances

During the 2018-2019 academic year, I was startled by the large number of students discussing Jordan Peterson, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. Everywhere I turned, Muslims, Christians and atheists were discussing and debating the socio-political perspectives and the mytho-poetic analyses that Peterson offered via YouTube, his book 12 Rules for Life, and…

Leading in the Way of Jesus?
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Leading in the Way of Jesus?

The contemporary Christian musician Andrew Peterson provocatively laments “the second coming of the Pharisees” when he witnesses Christians behaving contrary to their teacher (Come, Lord Jesus, 2000). I heard this song playing repeatedly in my mind as I read Katherine Stewart’s recent book, The Power Worshippers, on the rise and danger of Christian nationalism.

The Wonder of Kuyper
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The Wonder of Kuyper

To awaken our hearts to the brilliant splendor that will shine out from the birth of the Son for us, the Holy Spirit, through Isaiah, describes our fallen world as a “land of deep darkness and of great anguish.” Such a tragedy! Our world was once bathed in light, every garden bearing fruit, and the people singing for joy: the whole country filled with delights. Now we have grown cold; the streams have frozen over; the whole land has been covered in darkness. Life is one endless valley of the shadows of death.

We are all Gospel translations

We are all Gospel translations

It would be a shame if we enforced a monotone echo-chamber that no longer sparked faith-filled engagement with our dynamic societies. We ought not muzzle ourselves and allow other voices to monopolize important cultural debates. We will compromise our loyalty to Christ if we enforce a single political perspective within our church. We must dare to dialogue with each other and the world about Christ who judges every political and ideological idolatry.