Culture

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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len on September 12th, 2013

“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 August 9th, 2013

“Recognizing our missionary context means we can no longer assume that the church understands the culture. We need to rediscover or relearn the culture. We need to get to know our neighborhood, its people, and their stories, values, worldview and culture. We need to ask the kind of questions that missionaries ask when they enter […]

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len on June 14th, 2013

“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 May 11th, 2013

“Recognizing our missionary context means we can no longer assume that the church understands the culture. We need to rediscover or relearn the culture. We need to get to know our neighborhood, its people, and their stories, values, worldview and culture. We need to ask the kind of questions that missionaries ask when they enter […]

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