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Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 | 0 comments

On Fairy Stories

On Fairy Stories

I want to propose a simple and likely enjoyable remedy to the angst and malaise that is all things Presidential Election 2016. My suggested medicine does not involve serious or satirical Facebook posts, lawn signs, raging editorial pieces, or warnings of impending apocalypse. Instead, I suggest reading fairy-stories. In JRR Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy Stories,” Tolkien defines fairy-stories as “stories about Fairy, that is Faërie, the realm or state in which fairies have their being.”[1] Faërie is the realm of enchantment where not only dragons and trolls (and hobbits) reside, but all the things that enchant us in the created world, “the seas, the sun, the moon, the sky; and the earth and all things that are in it: tree and bird, water and stone, wine and bread, and ourselves.”[2] These stories capture not only the mythical qualities of some other realm, but the wonder-provoking though often ignored aspects of everyday life. Tolkien narrates three ways that fairy-stories provide succor to readers: recovery, escape, and consolation. Recovery. “Recovery is...

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 | 4 comments

The Nicene Creed: “And [we believe] in the Holy Ghost…”

The Nicene Creed: “And [we believe] in the Holy Ghost…”

With the annunciation of the Holy Spirit the Nicene Creed completes its Trinitarian formulation. But to understand the role of the Spirit in the Trinity we have to look back into the Creed. In doing so it will be come clear that the Holy Spirit isn’t a new phenomenon but an eternal participant with the Father and the Son in the creation, maintenance, and healing of the world.

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Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 | 3 comments

The Nicene Creed: “We believe in one God…”

The Nicene Creed: “We believe in one God…”

**This post is part of a series reflecting on the Nicene Creed** << Previous post View series Next post >>   We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. The catalyst for the Nicene Creed, as Alex detailed in his introductory post, was the question: WHO IS THE SON OF GOD? To enter into this historical discussion is to wade into a truly complicated and often descriptively oversimplified discussion of the Christological debate in the early Church.[1] The central question revolved around the issue of the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ, the Son of God—was the Son a divine soul embedded within a human body? a moral exemplar, the best of what it is to be human but not divine? a divine person who only appeared to be human, but was not? To begin the creed with the affirmation of one God, Father, and Creator, might appear at first glance to be concerned with something other...

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Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 | 0 comments

More than Just Evangelism? The Calling of Christians in the World

More than Just Evangelism? The Calling of Christians in the World

A review of the ReFrame course Why did God put us on the earth? What is his purpose for art, science, law, finance, literature and education? What does he want Christians do in those areas? For many Christians the answer to these questions is that we are there to “save others” i.e. to share the gospel with other people in those areas. But, as Loren Wilkinson asks in ReFrame, “if we’re here to save others, what are the ‘others’ here for?” To say that evangelism is the only purpose of Christians in the world is like saying that the only purpose of a business is to advertise its product. What is its product? What is the nature of Christian politics, engineering, and medicine, or does God not have anything to say about these things? ReFrame explores these questions, with ten 40-minute videos going through the Biblical story, examining how it reimagines what it means to be a human being on the earth, from a Christian perspective. It offers continual comparisons between...

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Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Our Favorite Reads of 2014

Our Favorite Reads of 2014

With the end of 2014 right around the corner, we thought it might be fun to post some of our favourite reads of the year. One thing you’ll notice from the list: fiction is important! No one can read too much fiction. As a lot of these write ups clearly imply, fiction can have very important theological implications. But still, a few of us found non-fiction the most interesting this year, not necessarily academic abstraction, however. Perhaps this is a simple reminder that we need to be connecting with people who think differently than us; whether that shows up in their preferred bibliography, opinions, or overall worldview, nothing but good can come from engaging with difference. Feel free to post your own favorite reads in the comment section, or share you thoughts about one of the titles below if you have already read them. Caroline: In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor leads us through the pitch-black grounds of her North Georgia farm and the seedy night club where she worked in...

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Happiness is an Activity

Happiness is an Activity

One of the best things about living in Edmonton has been our proximity to the Farmer’s Market. When we last lived in the city, we lived near the original market in Strathcona. We now live downtown, and are getting to know the downtown market. It makes for a great Saturday morning: a leisurely walk, food samples, coffee, and fresh, beautiful groceries. The market is full of stands manned by people who are devoted to local, healthy food, and homespun goods. I have eaten the best mushrooms of my life these past weeks. But even as I wander the stalls, admiring the handicraft, smelling the food, reading posters about sustainable agriculture, and listening to a young singer with an acoustic guitar, I have had doubts about my beloved Saturday morning routine. Herein lies its problem: The Farmer’s Market is expensive. It is pretty easy to spend $100 on groceries (for one to two people) that will last until Thursday. It is also only open on Saturday morning. This means that...

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