The Arts

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 December 11th, 2014

Every year we attend Christmas events. Most years they are sentimental and soft and romantic. And generally, also humorous. Nothing wrong with that, right? We need some of that in our lives. I know I could use more laughs! But when these events are supposed to represent the most dramatic, dangerous, life changing event in […]

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len on April 12th, 2014

Because it works at so many levels, film can have insidious power or extravagant grace. It offers a wonderful opportunity to bring experience, analysis, emotion, and action together. –Gordon Matties Some of my friends watch an amazing amount of film. And why not? Film, and story, has immense power to shape our imaginations, and by […]

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len on December 17th, 2013

An original Canadian Christmas carol — and from roughly 1643? Jean de Brebeuf penned the words while working among the Hurons in what would later become Ontario. This version by the Elora Festival Singers is beautiful. This version by Bruce Cockburn is more authentic but less appealing. When Betty and I were up around Penetanguishene […]

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len on December 1st, 2013

Art, Luci Shaw says, gives us a glimpse of the indescribable; invites us farther up and farther in. Helping us to better accept a chiaroscuro God. The God who is not there. Or, the God who is there but not here, except for occasional momentary visitations…a chiaroscuro God, some of whose features are highlighted in […]

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len on October 22nd, 2013

Art by Roy Henry Vickers

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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 October 5th, 2013

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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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