Voices

How love and pro-life ministry mix

How love and pro-life ministry mix

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  A decade ago, my wife and I found ourselves on an abortion clinic sidewalk for the first time. In college, one of our high school classmates had left a life of partying and pills to follow Jesus. He had become a street preacher. John...
Trusting God’s trajectory

Trusting God’s trajectory

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  “The Eagle has landed.” Those words changed humanity forever. This coming July the world will celebrate the 50th anniversary of humanity landing on the moon. July 22 will mark the anniversary of when Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and...
Holding on for dear life

Holding on for dear life

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  The hospital gown wasn’t doing me any favors, as my bottom was still exposed. The nurse pulled me into a hug position, squeezed my elbows, and told me that I was “doing great.” It felt like bee stings as the needle entered my spine. My...
The power of Scripture in daily life

The power of Scripture in daily life

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  A friend told me about a conversation she had with her adult son. He never darkens the door of a church and resists the idea of church attendance any time she mentions it, but he amazed her with his knowledge of Scripture. Apparently,...
The awakening convergence

The awakening convergence

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  Her voice shouts out prayers from the front porch of the church. She calls out, screaming for a place to sleep, for safety, for provision. Praising Jesus followed with moaning and groaning. She calls out for God to fight for her against...
Prophet or punk (pt. 3) 

Prophet or punk (pt. 3) 

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  In the last two posts (here and here), I’ve examined a question that’s been nagging at me.  What separates prophetic boldness from dogmatic shrillness?   How does one tell a prophet from a punk? While there are many answers, last time I...
Maybe it’s time to binge

Maybe it’s time to binge

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  In 2013, Netflix began releasing episodes of programming simultaneously and the phrase “binge-watching” entered our collective vocabulary. Today, binge-watching is nothing less than a cultural phenomenon. With the rise of streaming...
Rebooting values

Rebooting values

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  People sometimes complain about a lack of original ideas in entertainment. Many movies are sequels or unnecessary remakes. However, when I find my own generation’s television shows being rebooted, and done well, I do a bit of...
Guided deconstruction

Guided deconstruction

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  The idea of deconstructing Western Christianity is old news for the people I grew up with in Atlantic Canada. I’ve sought these people out, old friends who have moved and live in various parts of Canada and the United States, many I...
Prophet or punk (pt. 2)

Prophet or punk (pt. 2)

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  DANCING AND WEEPING > GNASHING AND TWEETING What separates prophetic boldness from dogmatic shrillness? In my first post, I suggested that evangelical Christians have a problem that mirrors issues in the broader culture. In some...
Maintaining a holy life

Maintaining a holy life

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  Live a holy life? In the twenty-first century? Are you kidding? Yet, one New Testament writer said, “Without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14). We can readily see that God expected this from the ancient Israelites, as...
Daily snapshot

Daily snapshot

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  If you’ve ever toured historic buildings or art museums then you’ve likely seen the sign: NO PHOTOS! That sign is just begging to be broken. How many of us can say we’ve never snuck our phones out to take a picture while the sign said...
Prophet or punk?

Prophet or punk?

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  “I can testify about them,” wrote the apostle Paul regarding much of Christian Twitter, “that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge” (Rom 10:2). While I have admittedly mangled the techno-context of Paul’s...
What Eugene Peterson taught me

What Eugene Peterson taught me

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  Eugene H. Peterson died October 23, 2018, at age 85. While he is best known for The Message, he was also a prolific author on Christian spiritual formation and pastoral work. I have read 26 books by Peterson, and his writings have...
How the Bible came alive for me

How the Bible came alive for me

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  It wasn’t when I stood on Mount Nebo, where Moses stood to look at the Promised Land, that the Bible came alive for me. From Dan to Gilead, we could see the vast plains, the Dead Sea, the opportunities for vegetation and surrounding...
Living as a sent one

Living as a sent one

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  When I began to travel for my current job, I preferred to cocoon on the plane. I used the time to catch up on emails and sleep. It didn’t take long for me to sense the Holy Spirit’s conviction, as the Lord was nudging me out of my...
Suicide in America

Suicide in America

Several years ago, there was a mediocre movie made by M. Night Shyamalan, called The Happening. It was a horror-thriller sort of film, involving hundreds of senseless murders. Yet the twist in The Happening was that the linked-together killings were committed not by a...
Did you expect your call to include power and authority?

Did you expect your call to include power and authority?

I am frequently asked the question, “How were you called to ministry?” Most people ask that and expect the St. Paul experience—a light from heaven, thrown off my horse, blind and now I see. They also want a short, sweet and definitive response. Frankly, I dread that...