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History Repeating: A Reflection on Mark 6.14-29

The Christian story is the story of Jesus and so the Gospels are tellings of Jesus' story and focus almost entirely on him. It is always noteworthy, then, when they shift the focus away from Jesus and onto another character. Today's Gospel reading is one of these occasions, telling the story of the beheading of … Continue reading History Repeating: A Reflection on Mark 6.14-29

Power Made Perfect: A Reflection on 2 Corinthians 12.2-10

There are times when following a lectionary creates some interesting parallels or juxtapositions to what is happening in the world. Today is one of those days; for today is July 4,  the national holiday the United States of America, the most powerful country the world has ever seen. Even in this time when many Americans … Continue reading Power Made Perfect: A Reflection on 2 Corinthians 12.2-10

Setting our Stories Straight: Doing Theology in Canada

Today is Canada Day; although, caught as it is in the midst of a national reckoning incited by the discovery of mass graves on the sites of former Residential Schools, it doesn't really feel like it. I know I'm not alone in sensing the weirdness of this day of national celebration occurring in the middle … Continue reading Setting our Stories Straight: Doing Theology in Canada

Setting Our Stories Straight: The Myth of Progress

If there is a single theme that unites the Western imagination today, even within the severe political polarization, it is the idea of progress — that tomorrow will be better than today, that the future is bright, as long as we set our minds to it. What that future will look like, of course, varies … Continue reading Setting Our Stories Straight: The Myth of Progress