Pro-Women; what it means to have hope for the dead

When I was in second or third year I was sitting in a seminar at Brock and we were talking about the history of oppression of women. I was frustrated with the way the conversation was going. I didn’t know why but I think in hindsight (10 years later) I know what bugged me. “Oppression”…

What I believe about Evolution

A rewriting of something someone else wrote… original stuffy British piece here. People make mistakes. Even church people. I’m about to tell you about a mistake the church made. Big new ideas can be scary, because they tend to shake things up and can make you feel like everything you thought you knew is now…

Apostles Creed Common English

(Just handed this in. An assignment in “translation”.) Write a “translation” or paraphrase of the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed into contemporary vernacular English. I believe in God, the Father almighty,creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born…

My sermon on John 3:16

Lent 4 (Gospel reading: John 3:14-21) Our Bible passage today is the chunk of scripture surrounding one of the most famous verses in the Bible – John 3:16. One of the reasons it’s so famous is that it is considered to be an encapsulation, a summary of the Gospel. It is Jesus Christ’s life, and ministry…

Comfort, don’t Kill

One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen was called, “How to Die in Oregon,” which came out in 2011 and chronicled three people’s deaths – on film (two of which we heard audio but they did not film the actual act). It was heart-rending, understandably. These were the last moments of life for people. They were…

Juxtaposition

Dear The Auld Spot, Tonight I visited your fine establishment and had a fantastic time. You are a pub with great food, and great drinks, and great decor. It was cozy, warm and beautiful in its own right. I’m quite happy with the service and location. Would recommend! However, at the end of my stay…

Little Thinker

There was an infant baptism today at church. Two of them. It was pretty special. But before the service, I was trying to learn a new song with a kid who has been coming to Sunday school for a while now. The song went a little something like this: God’s great love, God sent his son to…

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Have you ever read about Bill Gates? About how he left Microsoft in 2006 to work full time with his wife at their foundation (a foundation is like a company that gives money to organizations that already exist). Their job is deciding how to give away their money. Makes sense that that would be a full time job,…

Do you want to build a snowman?

No. I don’t. It’s too mainstream. Seriously though, the snow is cold and icy, and I don’t want to go out alone. (The quote from the above illustration is from a children’s book, where a lion has a tiny bird-friend in its cap, and they are going tobogganing. I cut this out from a magazine…

Peace

Do you see the problem here? 1) It’s not black friday again. 2) A book for women by a woman covered in pink faux leather talking about peace (because women have anxiety/hysteria). Oh the swirls. We like swirls and filigree because swirls rhymes with girls and we are delicate flowers and wear lace. 3) Juxtaposition…