Those who know me, will know that I really like coffee. I can appreciate a good cup of coffee, and do so on a daily basis. But, one thing I really struggle with is that every time I visit what one might call a “Hipster Coffee Shop” I get the feeling that I’m stepping into … Continue reading Does Tradition Matter? What hipster coffee culture has taught me about Church
What we called blessed or consider ourselves blessed by is often a good indicator of where our reality is at. So, All Saints Day happened a few days ago. That wonderful time of year where we celebrate all the saints we’ve never heard of, and the few that we have. This whole saint thing is … Continue reading #blessed
Last week over 700 teens and 150 volunteers from across Canada descended upon Kamloops. BC for the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Gathering. The conference happens every two years in select cities across Canada and seeks to create an atmosphere where teens can encounter God, realize and develop their gifts, and build community with other Christians. … Continue reading Worth It?
I have to confess, the term “yoke” always mystified me as a kid. My mind immediately jumped to an image of an egg. Which lead to the even more troubling image of Christ cracking an egg over my head saying, “Take my yolk upon you”But, to understand this allusion, we’ve got to understand the metaphor. … Continue reading It’s Time To Yoke Up
Our gospel today falls right smack dab in the middle of the last supper. And unlike Matthew, Mark, and Luke, John spends a decent amount of time here. In fact, he spends more time recounting these moments, than he does on the crucifixion. For at this moment, in the midst of the intimate Passover meal, … Continue reading The Kingdom Of God | In Our Midst.
Acts 6:7-12, 7:1-2, 51-58 As we continue our way through Acts, we’re starting to understand the story of the early Christians better. News of Jesus’ death and resurrection was spreading. But, the good news wasn’t good news for all. It was bad news for anyone in power, for anyone who abuses the weak and it … Continue reading God Speaks Through Difference
To the person who stole my wallet and the cash inside it: Firstly, thank you for leaving my wallet in a place I could find it, with all my cards and ID's. You have no idea how frustrating it is to replace all those. Secondly, This morning you devastated me and I spent a significant … Continue reading To the person who stole my wallet…
It may seem absurd to some and completely logical to others. Everyone has at least one "non-Christian" song that evokes a profound emotional or spiritual response within them. Why do songs that aren't standard church hymns connect with us spiritually? There are many answers to that question. One thing is for sure though, many churches are inviting today's "greatest … Continue reading Is Secular Music Becoming Worship Music?
Luke 12:15-21, Mark 10:17-25 I was sitting in a room of other youth leaders at a conference this weekend. We were dreaming about the kinds of youth ministries we could start with an unlimited amount of resources and funding. As you can imagine the ideas were huge: "We could build a gym!" one person would say. … Continue reading Where’s Is Your Treasure?
Many of us cringe at the mention of the word “internship” because it reminds us of a time in our life where we entered the labor force with the promise of no money, great experience, and excellent references; when in fact the position only required that we could sit still, listen, and memorize coffee orders. … Continue reading Re-thinking Student Internships