In a remote corner of my college office sits two full shelves of ‘tacky religious merchandise.’ Surprisingly, I have not purchased a single item of the collection ranging from the rubber ducky nativity set to the John Calvin bobble head doll. Instead, I simply curate the odd assortment of items that friends and fellow faculty members bring back from their treks around the world. Instead of gold, frankincense or myrrh, these wise men and women present their gifts to me andwait to see whether they will be deemed trick, treat or just plain tacky.
Should Christians watch horror films? It’s a question I’m continually asked, especially every year around Halloween. I somewhat agree with the affirmative answers others have given: that by focusing on the darkness, there is opportunity to shine a light; that many horror films are built upon an undergirding of morality. But I wonder if there’s a way to push this defense a bit further. Might there be a crucial connection between how the best horror films function and a Christian understanding of fear?
There is a 10-minute YouTube video with excerpts of Michelle Thrush’s one-woman play, Find Your Own Inner Elder. It has almost 1,800 views and 11 likes. Not the most viral video. There are also two comments, posted a year apart. Both comments say the same thing: She performed this show in my community.
“I think people are looking for a deeper experience of the Spirit moving,” said the Rev. Kristine O’Brien, from her office at Crieff Hills Retreat Centre. “They want to bear fruit, they want to connect. They’re seeking not just a cerebral faith, but an experiential faith.
In the 21st century, our world is plagued with all kinds of fighting. Between unrest in the Middle East, international disagreement on action for climate change and racial injustice in countries all over the world, many young people are looking for a place where they can be safe – a place they can feel at peace without worrying about politics and unrest.
I picked my daughter up from youth group one night and asked her how they spent their evening. “We played lots of games, had some snacks and a bible study.” I smiled and said, “sounds like fun, what was the bible study about?”
The greatest battle on earth is the one that takes place between our ears. The battle of the mind. It started when I began to squint my eyes for the camera. I wanted to create laughter lines in a laughter-less face.Then I began sucking in my cheeks. I liked how it made me look thinner, model-like.
“What was that guy talking about?” the young man asked his friend, as they sat down in front of me and the bus pulled away from the University of British Columbia.
I’m an early riser. Not because I want to be, but because I’ve trained myself to do so. I’m usually up around 5:30 a.m., stopping in the kitchen to grind the coffee beans while trying not to wake the children, and then off to the gym before the sun is up.
The telephone rang in the midst of a busy day at the college, jarring my attention away from grading papers. I recognized the voice of the caller right away as my friend Rev. Victor Kim, pastor at Richmond Presbyterian Church in Richmond, B.C.
“Hi Ross,” he said. “I’m putting together a Friday night program next month for the families in our church and I wondered if you would be free to come out and speak on Christian parenting?” The question caught me off guard as I am used to presenting to local churches on topics in my theological wheelhouse – missional theology, church leadership, evangelism and preaching.
Assuming the Senate doesn’t hold up the process in Ottawa, on July 1, 2018, pot smoking will be legal for recreational use beyond the system already in place for medical marijuana. O Cannabis! In many ways this is the logical next step in a long march toward social values that focus on freedom of the will and self-determination
Tanzania was the perfect place to host this latest gathering of the CWME with its theme, “Moving in the Spirit: Called to Transforming Discipleship.” The vibrancy and diversity of the Christian church and its witness in Africa was evident to the 1,000 participants who gathered to worship the Triune God, participate in study of God’s Word, hear from inspiring plenary and workshop speakers, discuss and debate the concepts of mission and evangelism and affirm the “Arusha Call to Discipleship.”