Change of scenery

Change of scenery

Photos were flashing up on the screen one by one, timed beautifully with the accompanying song. Each picture depicted fun and rugged scenes of boys camping, fishing, swimming, building fires, tying knots. It was Cadet Sunday and our church was hosting several of the Southern B.C. boy’s club cadres for a service to highlight the exciting events and ministry over the past year.

The antithesis and common grace dance

The antithesis and common grace dance

Something in me says that keeping the awareness of the antitheses and of common grace in healthy tension is still important today. It’s not easy to do, I realize. But whether we use other terminology or metaphors, we still face the dilemma of either avoiding worldly literature because we want to stay pure or we indulge in an overly comfortable adoption of secular values.

Am I or am I not Charlie?

Am I or am I not Charlie?

The attack on the personnel of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris evoked a strong response from proponents of free speech in many democratic countries. Thousands of people took to the streets and held placards which stated unequivocally “Je suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie.” In my imagination I saw myself holding such a sign. But after some reflection, I asked myself “Am I really Charlie?”

Who should rule the ‘Republic of Imagination’?

Who should rule the ‘Republic of Imagination’?

In the first recorded plea for freedom of expression, the playwright Euripides argued in 460 B.C. that free men deserve to speak freely. It was then, as now, a controversial statement; not everyone agrees that such freedom is in the best interest of the public. Plays about anything? Wouldn’t it be better to showcase stories that support society’s moral codes and political goals? Anything else could be . . . dangerous.

In spite of change

In spite of change

Christmas. Once again Christmas. There is something heartwarming about repeating things on a yearly cycle. And then there are also fears about needing to be fresh about something that is very old. As a homemaker, I have that challenge with recipes and decorating, but pastors have it too with their preaching.