Category Archives: Justice & Compassion

Peace

Out of blogging silence I could not resist posting the following guest-article about peace by Scott Stephens, found at Ben Meyer’s blog today. It is nothing short of prophetic and quite nicely pulls back the veneer that hides the fallacy of a worldly understanding of peace that is in conflict with the essence of the...

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My attempts at socially responsible gift giving…(Part 2)

This is getting fun for me. I again ventured out at lunch hour to shop for some socially responsible gifts. You can read the introduction here, and part one is here. But, before I go and tell you about today’s adventure, let me define some parameters as this endeavor continues to shape itself into a...

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St Francis & Burma

Today in the traditional Church Calendar the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated. St Francis, lover of creation, champion of justice, patron saint of animals, founded the Franciscan order. His famous prayer goes as follows: Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there...

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A Community in my face…Part 2

As I spent my lunch hour yesterday writing about the community I walk past each day on my way to work, I had yet to pass them on my way home. As I left the train and made my way down the road toward my car, I could see the people congregating again in little...

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A Community in my face…

Each morning I get up in the wee hours, prepare myself for work and make my way to the train station where I park my car before the 40 minute trip into downtown. I park on the street beside a vacant lot that is a smattering of trees and unkept grass. Upon first glance, anyone...

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The Loss of Lament: The Devil Pulled a Fast one…

The more I attempt from the inside to get a read on the world we are immersed in (however futile that may be), the more I realize the loss of lament in our culture. It’s darn hard to grieve! When hit with tragedy, we are conditioned to move past the problem via distraction instead of...

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10 Tips for Living the Incarnation…[Plus One]

[UPDATE: Brant Hansen initially left a comment this post expressing perhaps what might be one of the most important and prophetic tips/practices for living the incarnation these days in the West. I asked him to elaborate a little and his latest, well written blog post hits the mark. In a world marked by lives rushing...

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Crossing the Road for One Another

“We become neighbours when we are willing to cross the road for one another. There is so much separation and segregation: between black people and white people, between gay people and straight people, between young people and old people, between sick people and healthy people, between prisoners and free people, between Jews and Gentiles, Muslims...

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The Bishop weighs in on the topic of ecclesiology…

I my last interview with Bishop Larry Newineskin, he was quite provocative with his comment when I asked what he thinks of ecclesiology. His response, “I think every church should have one“, has turned the heads of scholars, theologians, nuns, and mega-church pastors alike. I’ve been bombarded with emails, letters, and bricks through my window...

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The People Formerly Known as Passive (or TPFKAP)

Out of the depths of our apathy we cried to the Lord and asked that He rescue us from this lethargic, passive slumber. It was only by His Spirit stirring in us (the ones you would least expect) that we even became aware of our numbness. We are tired and fed up with our own...

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Loving a Neighbourhood: Chronicles of Incarnation Part 2

On Thursday night, my wife, kids, and I wandered through our neighbourhood after dinner. It was about 7:15 pm and the evening was sunny and warm. Our hope was to encounter people on our stroll to talk with and listen to. We didn’t get much further than our driveway before we began a conversation with...

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Loving a Neighbourhood: Chronicles of Incarnation Part 1

Consider this the beginning of the first “post series” at Toward Hope. I’ve decided to do this in conjunction with a project for the Centre for Spiritual Formation that focuses on working with our local church leadership team and mission groups to cultivate an attitude of discernment for the purpose of deeper missional engagement. So,...

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Random links of interest…

All right, this is how academics make other academics laugh. Ben and Kim confess…you may miss half of what they are talking about (like I did), but what I caught made me laugh. 10 propositions on Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I am inspired by this man On the Rooftops: Theological proclamations A brilliant article from Out of...

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The day the Lord spoke…

Today sure feels like one of those. I was impacted by numerous things in my daily tasks. This post will take the shape of a bit f reflection, some blog links, a picture and some quotes, as those are all the things that have stirred something in my heart today. I am not sure whether...

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A Learning Experience…

Andrew, a friend of mine at work, is moving to Ontario on Thursday and gave me permission to blog about our conversation today. Over the last two years,we have built a relationship based on trust and mutual respect. He is not a believer, but we have had the privilege of spiritual conversation at times. We...

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