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On Normalizing Sin (Without Minimizing it)

I once worked with a woman who was, let's say, 'challenging' to be around. She was brusque and impatient, and never had a kind word to say about anyone. Every day at lunch, she told us stories of an estranged relative, an unreasonable neighbour, or a friend with whom she was on the outs. The … Continue reading On Normalizing Sin (Without Minimizing it)

How’s Your Heart? A Reflection on Mark 10.2-16

In last week's Gospel reading, Jesus taught his disciples about scandals, or tripping points, and how we're responsible for how we react when we get tripped up. It's a variation on a common, and important, theme: that so much in life is not about what we experience but how we respond to it. I'd like … Continue reading How’s Your Heart? A Reflection on Mark 10.2-16

Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Today is Canada's first official National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This is an important small step for our country as we grapple with a past we'd rather forget and difficult questions about how to move forward well. If you are looking for ways to commemorate the day, the Government of Canada offers up some … Continue reading Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Why NOT Integral? Lingering Questions and Concerns

Over the past few months, I've done two major series on Integral thought: Integral Basics, which introduced the general framework within which many Integral thinkers operate; and this most recent series on Growing with Intention, which explored different engines of spiritual growth through an Integral lens. But as much as I like the Integral approach, … Continue reading Why NOT Integral? Lingering Questions and Concerns

Tripping Points: A Reflection on Mark 9.38-59

We've all been there, from the clumsiest of us (like me!) to professional athletes: Just walking or running along minding our own business, when suddenly something trips us up and we stumble. It's an apt metaphor for life itself, and specifically the life of faith. Months and years can pass by without incident — we … Continue reading Tripping Points: A Reflection on Mark 9.38-59