Body or Embody?
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Body or Embody?

As a child, I found preachers’ talk about being the body of Christ more disturbing than comforting. Frightening fantasies of strange bodies danced in my head while the minister droned on. Children’s songs about being hands and feet for Jesus and “Be Careful, Little Eyes What You See”, used body images to teach me to…

The gifts of Cain
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The gifts of Cain

Genesis begins in wonder and mystery. We learn of God’s creation and provision for this world. We discover his care for the creatures he made, especially humans. And we hear how sin entered the Garden of Eden. These events frame our understanding of the rest of Scripture. But there are other stories we tend to…

Sir John & King Jeroboam in an Age of Decolonization
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Sir John & King Jeroboam in an Age of Decolonization

The Pope is coming to Canada next week, with stops planned for Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit. He will visit Indigenous, Inuit and Métis communities to speak with and listen to elders, church leaders and survivors of residential schools. This comes on the heels of the Pope’s meeting with Indigenous and Métis leaders in the Vatican,…

Affirming or Confessional: Aren’t there other options?
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Affirming or Confessional: Aren’t there other options?

As pundits and pew quarterbacks are struggling to find descriptions for what transpired at the Christian Reformed Church’s Synod 2022, I’m at a bit of a loss. Most descriptions are two-sided, fitting our bifurcated partisan day and age. When it comes to human sexuality, almost everyone seems to be either affirming or confessional. But I…