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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...