Truth and Reconciliation Jesus

I was drawing a comic on the flipchart – essentially a timeline of the Early Church – in our confirmation class. At one point, I draw two wedding rings overlapping with the words “Church” and “state” underneath. Emperor Constantine becomes a Christian. There is a marriage of church and state. This is why we don’t…

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…

Unfriending

It’s obvious, but needs me a good remindin’, that not everyone called “Friend” on Facebook is a friend. It’s why I don’t care about everything I see on my newsfeed and despite vigilant unfollowing nevertheless find myself overwhelmed by how much must be scrolled past (#firstworldproblems). I went through my Friends list today and removed over a…

Know thy audience

I find it hard to be motivated to write here when I don’t know who I’m writing for. Who is my audience? (WHO ARE YOU, READER?) The Good News isn’t good news in a vacuum, it’s not news unless there’s an audience with a history. Newness implies there is oldness, some sort of context. Con text. With text….

Awkward, Awkward Moments with Christine

All from today, Sunday. I work at a church. Me: We’re getting into the Bible, and the Bible is getting into us! Intelligent child not getting the subtleties of language making a scene and derailing the conversation with comments akin to: OW! That’s going to hurt! and enacting something akin to being gutted… Me: Well, the Bible…