The Roman Worlds
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The Roman Worlds

I had the opportunity to see Keesmaat and Walsh speak on their latest joint effort, Romans Disarmed, last fall. The medium-sized lecture hall at Community Christian Reformed Church in Kitchener was packed, with nearly 100 people in attendance. Every seat was full. People were sitting in the aisle, standing against the walls, in the gymnasium…

Talking about Racism
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Talking about Racism

In White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo, a white anti-racism educator, describes the defensive moves that white people make when their ideas about race and racism are challenged. She terms these defensive moves “white fragility” – reactions characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt and by behaviours such as argumentation and silence. She argues that our largely segregated society makes these reactions possible, as it’s set up to insulate white people from racial discomfort.

Holding the Bible (Awkwardly) in the Midst of a Pandemic
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Holding the Bible (Awkwardly) in the Midst of a Pandemic

In the midst of both a global pandemic and nationwide protests against anti-black racism, President Donald Trump had peaceful protestors forcefully removed from Lafayette Square by an unidentified military force so that he could walk across the street for a photo-op in front of historic St. John’s Episcopalian Church. He wanted to pose holding a Bible. The outrage expressed by Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde was echoed through much of the Christian community.

Talking in Church
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Talking in Church

“I love Zoom coffee,” announced a friend with a tone of surprise. “Last Sunday we were in random chat rooms for ‘coffee’ after the church service. I met some wonderful people that I’ve never talked to before, though we’ve been part of the same church for fifteen years. I always had people in my own circle to catch up with after church. Now because of the pandemic lockdown I’m experiencing a bigger church.”

Fun, Friendship, and Adventure on a Harvesting Journey
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Fun, Friendship, and Adventure on a Harvesting Journey

Written in English and Anishinaabemowin, this historically-based children’s picture book portrays what life was like for one child and his community in Duck Bay, Manitoba. Elder Norman Chartrand of the Saulteaux-Metis Anishinaabek nation relates how, when he was a child in the 1940s, he and his family left their home on a two-day journey by wagon to Duck Mountain. There they gathered with many others from surrounding communities to spend a month picking blueberries.

A Modern Version of an Old Familiar Tale
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A Modern Version of an Old Familiar Tale

Anne With An E is a coming-of-age story about an orphan and outsider who overcomes many difficulties to find friendship, love and family in the town of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. The three-season series is set in the late 1890’s and centers on a young Anne who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with the aging Cuthbert siblings, Marilla and Matthew.

Christ in the Centre of the Classroom
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Christ in the Centre of the Classroom

This small book can be read in one sitting but will take a long time to digest. Adam Neder’s Theology as a Way of Life is neither an introduction to theology nor to pedagogy (although it contains helpful elements of both). It’s a personal meditation by a professor who has long struggled with what it means to teach Christianity in a manner consistent with its centre: Jesus Christ.

Making Room at the Table
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Making Room at the Table

Does this sound familiar to ears tuned to Abraham Kuyper? “There is not one ‘square inch’ in the entire public square where Christ’s model of hospitality does not have relevance and normativity.” Kaemingk tweaks Kuyper’s slogan: he acknowledges the crown of Christ and the political justice Christ demands, but insists that the cross of Christ puts the hospitality of God for humankind as the primary frame for the Christian’s activity in the public square.

What to Read When You Want to Explore Another World
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What to Read When You Want to Explore Another World

I’ve always had a soft spot for immersive fantasy and weird science fiction and anything that smacks of magical realism. And during this pandemic moment, I am taking a deep dive into a couple master writers in speculative fiction that I have never read before: N.K. Jemisin and Ursula Le Guin. I devoured N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth Trilogy.