len on October 2nd, 2015

There are books in which the footnotes, or the comments scrawled by some reader’s hand in the margin, are more interesting than the text. The world is one of these books. George Santayana I returned from Hong Kong on October 1st – and its tough to summarize the experience of this dense, Asian, multi-cultural city […]

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len on April 6th, 2015

Not long ago I was talking with a pastor about the upcoming Walking Together conference here. We’ve been working on this one since last fall, and are really looking forward to hosting Terry leblanc, Cheryl Bear, Ray Aldred and others. But inevitably, not everyone sees the issues from the same frame. So some worry, will […]

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len on February 23rd, 2015

February, 2015 Interview with Composer, Performer Steve Bell Len: 25 years is a good career — and doing something you love! Along the way there have been plans — and surprises. Tell us about a few of the surprises. Steve: I’m surprised to be doing this at all. The chances of a folksy, devotionally minded […]

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len on September 30th, 2014

” On, then, with a look at the new models of the church currently on the market. Once again, context is everything: in the present collapse of every form we’ve known, the next form or forms of the church will not drop down from heaven or be given to us directly by God. Nor will […]

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len on July 27th, 2014

“The fundamental way in which we humans respond to our cultural situation — and ultimately to God, who comes to us clothed in this situation — is by our doing and making — in other words, by our praxis and poesis (Greek for “doing” and “making”). Humans make themselves and forge their identity through their […]

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len on December 15th, 2013

In 2010 in the EMMC Recorder Arlene Friesen offered some thoughts on the counter-cultural nature of preparation for the arrival of Jesus. She writes, “Are you ready for Christmas?” Are you ready for that question? For years I have wondered how best to respond to it. Often my answer has been, “If you mean, ‘Have […]

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len on November 2nd, 2013

“I’ll never forget the first time Paul Sparks gave me a tour of Zoe Livable Church. He showed me community gardens, coffee shops, a bakery, a holistic health center, nonprofit offices, an intentional community, murals galore, and an expansive library. He told me about Zoe members organizing farmer’s markets, block parties, and yarn-bombings. I was […]

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len on October 16th, 2013

Graham Hill quotes Volf in It is Like Yeast: ‘There is no single correct way to relate to a given culture as a whole, or even to its dominant thrust. There are only numerous ways of accepting, transforming, rejecting, or replacing various aspects of a given culture from within. This is what it means for […]

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len on October 5th, 2013

And also one who “kicks at the darkness.” Bruce Cockburn was in Thunder Bay last night, a crowd of about 600 gathered at the Community Auditorium. Yours truly, along with Betty, sat in Row BBB (second from front) at the right hand side. We were about twenty feet away from the singer-songwriter, quite a thrill! […]

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len on September 23rd, 2013

“Church Planting in Canada in Post-Christendom.” This volume is complete! It weighs in around 215 pages, and I am really happy with the work! How does the text of the gospel take root in a post-Christendom culture? What sort of disciplines and imagination root a kingdom presence in Canadian neighbourhoods? How does this frame of […]

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