This blog is the continuation of a previous post On Aug 16, 2017, a few days after the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, VA this tweet became the most liked tweet in Twitter’s short history. It’s a quote lifted out of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom that continues, “people must learn to hate, and … Continue reading “Nobody Was Born Racist” and other Things I Wish Were True
You need to listen to that speech. Aug 28, 1963. You’ve heard parts of it. You could likely quote some of it, but you need to hear the whole thing. Take 17 min, click here tonight and listen to it. It is a homiletical masterpiece, a speech that defined a movement. It expresses so poetically … Continue reading Taking a Stand Against Racism is a Meaningless Gesture
What does a Canadian white male do with what is happening in Ferguson, MO? The violence and the bitter distrust is heart breaking and I don't know what I can do about it. I would like to think that I could hold this at arms length and shake my head condescendingly since this kind of … Continue reading Two Kinds of Racism
At church this week we focused on the practice of communion in our worship services. It is one of the most important things that we do together, and it is an indicator of the health of our congregation. After all, a church that has difficulty doing communion together is likely having difficulty in lots of … Continue reading Table Fellowship
This weekend a friend of mine Jon Straker spoke at the Good Friday meeting in Toronto (a gathering of Churches of Christ) and he spoke about redefining the borders of our faith. This message encouraged many, challenged some, and offended a few. It was a wonderful call to cast off what we have long claimed … Continue reading It's not worth being right
Furious commentary has been everywhere for the past couple of weeks over Rob Bell's new book, Love Wins. Bell's new publisher, HarperOne even moved the release date up to today (my cynical side thinks it is in order to take advantage of the additional publicity). I've read plenty of reviews of this book (positive and … Continue reading Hell's Bells and Rob Bell's Hell.
Arrrgh! I gotta get this off my chest. There are 260 chapters in the whole New Testament and guess how many have to do with instructions or discussion of orderly worship practices? Parts of two. Why is it that there is so much ink spilled about worship and church organization when the New Testament spends … Continue reading Worship Rant~!
Tim Tebow, quarterback of the Florida Gators has been making headlines this year with his passionate witness for his faith. He routinely writes Bible verses on his eye black patches (he's even promoting my blog!) The Toronto Star featured an article today about a battle brewing on the horizon. Tim Tebow and his mother Sam … Continue reading More Love And Not More Words
Mars Hill Church did a sermon special on Mark Driscoll's trip to Haiti last week. It totally wrecked Julie and I. We have been deeply convicted by what was said. We strongly encourage you to make time to watch this: http://www.marshillchurch.org/v/m7ipwxo6iiqb We are going to see this short summary of the video this Sunday at … Continue reading Churches Helping Churches