Church, Theology

On the Church, Let’s Imagine…

April 24, 2021

I want to pick up from my last post and consider an implication and approach to ecclesiology that differs somewhat from what is often presented. As I continue to wrestle with questions about the purpose and function of the local church, my conviction is that one of the reasons it exists is to make the community or neighbourhood in which it is located better. And this is even for people who want nothing to do with the church and Jesus and think they never will. I originally wrote most of this in November 2019 and later suggested it as a framework to shape a church I was working at then. I think there is something to this, something worth trying, at least.

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Church, Culture, Theology

Is the Church too hopped up on Espresso?

April 12, 2021

I spend a lot of time thinking about ecclesiology and how it relates to church practice in this post-Christian era. Beyond this, how is our praxis of church shaped by our culture rather than our praxis of culture being shaped by our ecclesiology? I keep asking myself what it means to be a faithful church community and how does this looks in the day-to-day. Ever since I started at Tyndale, I have been thinking about this conceptually. But now after spending several years in pastoral roles, this is no longer merely a thought experiment but survival. So I have been reading, listening, talking, and thinking about ecclesiology in daily life a lot. In one book, Slow Church, there was this pregnant paragraph that I absolutely loved. It reads:

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Book Reviews, Church, Culture

Review of The Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr

March 19, 2021

In the preface to the 2006 edition of Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Ligon Duncan has a most telling comment. 

Pagan ideas underlie evangelical egalitarianism, based, as it is, on ideas borrowed from cultural feminism. Egalitarianism must always lead to an eventual denial of the gospel. When the biblical distinctions of male and female are denied, Christian discipleship is irretrievably damaged because there can be no talk of cultivating distinctively masculine or feminine virtue. One can only speak of vague androgynous discipleship. But that’s not how God made us. We need masculine males and feminine females in order to generate the kind of discipleship that results in a commitment to complementarianism. XII

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Church

Advent Reflections

November 22, 2020

I have always been a fan of Christmas.  More recently, I have come to realize that I love Advent almost as much. It is a season to prepare and a time to wait. It is when our hearts and minds, ears and voices can set the stage for the incredible crescendo of God’s incarnation. This year, I have set out to do a weekly reflection piece that follows the lectionary readings for each Sunday in Advent and included Christ the King as well. I hope they help add some thoughtfulness to your Advent and Christmas this year.

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Previous Reflections

Reflection for Christ the King Sunday.
Reflection for First Sunday of Advent.
Reflection for Second Sunday of Advent.
Reflection for Third Sunday of Advent.
Reflection for Fourth Sunday of Advent
Reflection for Christmas