len on February 12th, 2014

Patrick Franklin writes, “Our questions about God in North America (Does God exist? How is God ‘relevant’ or ‘useful’ to my life? Etc.) are not the key questions for most human beings living in the 2/3rds world. I like how Gutiérrez puts it: “. . . the question in Latin America will not be how […]

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len on February 7th, 2014

At OnFaith they write about the simplistic (cliches?) we too often use that scare off our young adults. It’s an honest and helpful discussion, and I am going to load it up with my own reflections. What else is a blog for? “The Bible clearly says…” We are the first generation to grow up in […]

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len on February 5th, 2014

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len on November 15th, 2013

Read the lyrics, Bono’s story of his time in Ethiopia.. then go listen.. and pray.. Heat haze rising On hell’s own hill You wake up this morning It took an act of will You walk through the night To get here today To bring your children To give them away Oh… oh this cruel sun […]

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len on October 21st, 2013

From Tierra del Fuego to Ungava Bay The history of betrayal continues to today The spirit of Almighty Voice, the ghost of Anna Mae Call like thunder from the mountains — you can hear them say It’s a stolen land Apartheid in Arizona, slaughter in Brazil If bullets don’t get good PR there’s other ways […]

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len on October 11th, 2013

Marva Dawn writes in Powers, Weakness and the Tabernacling of God that the “sporting impulse” of competition prevails over the gospel impulse of justice among most believers (“Powers, Weakness, etc p41). She continues to ask, “Why do conversations at the dinner tables of pastors conferences seem to focus more on comparisons with other churches than […]

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len on October 9th, 2013

My daughter is in a graduate program in human security at UBC in the Okanagan. Last week she attended a lecture by Japanese Canadian Dr. Audrey Kobayashi, marking the 25th anniversary of the Japanese Canadian Redress Agreement. On September 22, 1988, the Canadian government issued a formal apology to the Japanese Canadians forcibly displaced and […]

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len on July 29th, 2013

Leanne Simpson: Extraction and assimilation go together. Colonialism and capitalism are based on extracting and assimilating. My land is seen as a resource. My relatives in the plant and animal worlds are seen as resources. My culture and knowledge is a resource. My body is a resource and my children are a resource because they […]

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len on July 20th, 2013

Luke Bretherton reviews Jim Wallis’ “On God’s Side” at CARDUS. “Broadly characterized, the position Wallis outlines is as follows: first, we need to recover a properly liberal view of government as limited but also as setting the terms and conditions for human flourishing; in order for government to fulfil its purposes, it must uphold justice […]

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len on June 11th, 2013

I’ve seen a high cairn kissed by holy wind Seen a mirror pool cut by golden fins Seen alleys where they hide the truth of cities The mad whose blessing you must accept without pity I’ve stood in airports guarded glass and chrome Walked rifled roads and landmined loam Seen a forest in flames right […]

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