Category Theology / Faith

Schools of Spiritual Formation (Fall 2020)

This fall, I will once again be teaching two Sustainable Faith schools – the School of Spiritual Direction and the School of Mercy and Justice. Both have a wonderfully contemplative and communal ethos and involve excellent readings, individual and group exercises, receiving spiritual direction, and practising spiritual disciplines. If you would like to have some […]

Best of 2019

Despite not posting much this year, I could hardly forfeit the customary (see previous year-end lists below) opportunity to compile a best-of list. Here are a few general observations from the compiling: I didn’t see a single film in the cinema this year, for the first time since I can recall. The films I did […]

Witness: From Thin to Thick

The following was written for and presented at a plenary panel on “Work, Worship, and Witness” at the tenth annual Society of Vineyard Scholars conference, May 2, 2019, Minneapolis. Early on the morning of the resurrection, while it was still dark, the Gospel of John tells us that Mary Magdalene is weeping at the tomb. […]

Schools of Spiritual Formation (Fall 2019)

Over the last few years, I have had the great privilege of being involved with an organization called Sustainable Faith. It’s no understatement to say that the organization, the schools it facilitates, and the friendships I have made therein have transformed my life. As a result, I am not the same person I was even […]

What is Lent?

Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a season of penitence and fasting. This season of Lent provided a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for Holy […]

Driven into Wilderness (Year One, 1 Epiphany, Monday)

After much reflection and research, I purchased a lovely two-volume set of “Revised Office Readings” in preparation for 2019. There are various lectionaries (or collections/lists of scripture readings appointed for any given day of the year) and I have found them useful both in deciding what to read, and in keeping my life tethered to […]

Becoming a Father

I’ve always wanted to have children. When Jennifer and I got married, I was slightly reticent if only because I wanted to prolong marital bliss and because I assumed that the second we started trying, we’d get pregnant. We fawned over baby clothes, imagining how cute our beige child would look. We even bought some tiny, […]

Prayer as Movement

When I lived in Israel, my favourite “holy site” – by far – was the Garden of Gethsemane. Christian tradition holds Gethsemane as the place where Jesus heaved in gruelling prayer (even sweating drops of blood, according to the gospel of Luke) prior to being betrayed and arrested. Suitably, the episode is often described as “the Agony.” […]

Silence: Love Suffers Long in Scorcese’s Latest

Warning: Contains Spoilers. Moments before Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) apostatizes (that is, abandons the faith), he sees five bodies mummified in burlap, hanging upside down in pits. Their necks have been nicked, slightly, to prevent blood from amassing in their heads in favour of it dripping into the pits. They are alive, groaning into the night […]

The Humility of God (Part Two)

Read Part One Here Around 1764, Catherine the Great acquired a collection of paintings – including several Rembrandt’s – that would subsequently hang in galleries connecting various pavilions of the Winter Palace and Imperial Hermitage. I don’t believe The Return of the Prodigal Son was one of these initial acquisitions, but it makes sense that […]