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Faithful Adaptation

Grandview’s community has a lot to commend itself to Jesus followers. The liturgy is rich. The songs are nourishing. There is among us a unique commitment to seeing justice lived out in our neighborhood. I could enumerate many charisms of our people. One of the oft overlooked, and a personal favorite of mine, is... Read More

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What About the Canaanite Genocide?

Reading the texts of Canaanite destruction in the Old Testament is disturbing, and these texts raise big questions for many of us. This blog seeks to understand the meaning of these texts for the original readers and for us, also noting the misuse of these texts along the way.  I don’t want to diminish the... Read More

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A Theology of Community

The Present Landscape             Forming any sort of abiding face to face community is becoming rarer in our culture.  Robert Putnam's classic study entitled "Bowling Alone" charts the accelerating demise of participation in community groups and associations from the years 1960-2000. [1]  There are multiple... Read More

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One City, One Message: “Welcoming the Stranger”

[First published in Light Magazine] The same sermon theme will be preached in over one-hundred-and-fifty Vancouver churches on Sunday June 11, this year. Our theme: welcoming the stranger. I feel giddy with anticipation as I type! This is a response to the present fear-based political climate, especially in the... Read More

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The Meaning of Christmas: Clandestine Celebration

Christmas day is a celebration, which Herod must not hear of. Christmas is a whispered celebration. I am not sure that we understand Christmas yet, we western Christians. May I try and unpack this season theologically? I begin with the seasons – please bear with me, the payoff is rich. The Winter Solstice in Other... Read More

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A Stranger Kind of Love: Responding to the Refugee Crisis

“We are facing the biggest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. Above all, this is not just a crisis of numbers; it is also a crisis of solidarity.” - Ban Ki Moon, former United Nations Secretary General (Global Trends: Forced Displacement in 2015)   [This piece was published as an article in Mosaic... Read More

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Ancient Laws for New Challenges

Ancient Laws for New Challenges: The Ten Commandments as a Critique of Inequality [Published in Ethics in Brief 22 (2017)] Abstract This article argues that the Ten Commandments summoned ancient Israel to live as a community of mutual care where every person could flourish, especially the most vulnerable.... Read More