Faith & Reason are Friends.

Jesus Christ, for many people, is understood as a moral teacher, champion of the underdog and all around nice guy. He said a lot of “love your neighbour” type things, wasn’t afraid to sit at the social outcast table and unlike the religious-who’s-who, Jesus got invited to hang out at parties. The thing is, Jesus also said a lot of things that disqualify Him from being just another sage in a long line of tunic clad gurus. He said things like, “I saw Satan fall from lighting from heaven” [1] and “If… Read More

The Divine Drama

If I don’t preach Christ, then there’s really no reason anyone should roll out of bed on Sunday to hear anything I have to say.  Everything about “church”, apart from Jesus, can be found elsewhere. Music that gives you the feels? Make a playlist. Kids programs? Get out and explore your city. Need to be inspired to be a good person? Ted Talks. If I don’t preach Christ, the comedy of errors a parent has to endure to get their children out the door for church just isn’t worth it. If I… Read More

I believe! But also, not so much.

Mark 9 records an account where a poor boy was tormented by demons. While it’s rare to encounter the powers of darkness manifesting in that way today, Ephesians 6 teaches the powers of darkness are at work in the world everyday. When Jesus got there, some of the disciples were attempting a prayerless exorcism on this poor boy. When the boy’s father saw Jesus, he went to plead wit him for help. Not only did this set the stage for a demonstration of Christ’s power, but it gives some eyebrow raising insight… Read More

“Shhh.”

It can be a real challenge to rest in God when hard times seem to either drag on or pile on – or both. Stressful seasons provoke us to doubt God’s goodness, presence, or existence. It’s hard to recalibrate and turn to God in prayer. It can be even harder to be contemplative about what He may be doing in us because we’re consumed with everything that is happening to us. Many of us, Christian or not, are familiar with the famous passage in Mark chapter 4 when Jesus calmed the storm. The sea… Read More

Breathe, Church.

Imagine a young hockey player has the opportunity to sit down for coffee with their NHL hero and ask them for some advice on how they got to where they are today. The hockey god sits back, strokes their mullet and goes on to give some choice advice: Have the instincts of a ninja, reflexes of  a fighter pilot, accelerate like a Formula 1 car, change direction like a hummingbird and be able to leg press a Honda Civic. Then work harder than everyone else, want it more than everyone else and… Read More

The Epiphany of Grace

I remember being in the mall and noticing a few people gathered around a display, staring deeply into pictures comprised of nothing but thousands of dots. I later learned these images are called autostereograms. Every so often, someone would shout, “I see it!” I joined the group … and I saw nothing. I felt like I was in an Emperor’s New Clothes situation. I was tempted to chime in from sheer peer pressure. “Um …yes! I see it too … the … horse.” “It’s not a horse, it’s a dog.” “Uh ….. Read More

Sweet Songs, Naughty Lists & Cosmic Santas

‘Tis the season for Jingly music everywhere. Some people enjoy the 24/7 carol-fest that the season brings, others want to gouge their eyes out with ice-cream scoops and I’ll make a broad-brush statement and say most of us probably fall somewhere in between. Most of the time I am fairly firm in my denial of the existence of Santa’s workshop, but the weird elves living in plain sight among us who claim to “like Christmas music year-round” do make me think it may exist as there is no other explanation for such… Read More

God “With Us”

Written by Susan Dunk I am writing Advent lessons for the kids classes at KW Redeemer and I was reminded of a brilliant blog I read at this time last year by Dr. Jono Linebaugh. “What’s in Two Names”. The Redeemer KiDS will hear from the Jesus Story Book Bible’s “He’s Here!” which is the Biblical narrative of Christ’s arrival… “Now the birth of Jesus Christ, was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph… Read More

Blessed When Life Isn’t #blessed

When Susan’s younger sister was a little girl, she wanted her parents to change her name to “Pookie”. Needless to say, as an adult she is very thankful her dad didn’t grant the request of her younger self. For most of my life, I’ve seen prayer as a tool or a means of getting things from God. Like Susan’s sister, I’ve prayed lots of Pookie prayers that, from my point of view, went unanswered. We can come to God in prayer with great confidence – but not for the reasons I once thought. I’m not confident… Read More

Sacrifice, Freedom & The Act of Remembering

By Susan Dunk Sunday November 11th is Remembrance Day for us here in Canada and for most of the commonwealth countries. (That’s right … we still have a sovereign, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.) There is so much significance to this day and why it is called Remembrance Day. It used to be called “Armistice” after World War 1 and was recognized for the whole week. In Canada, the name was changed to Remembrance Day in 1930. I think it’s unfortunate the week was reduced to a day. We would do well to… Read More

Solomon: A philosopher who did his own stunts

Whether you like his films or not, you have to respect the commitment that Tom Cruise has in giving the audience a tremendous spectacle. There’s no green screens. He’s jumping out of the plane. He’s riding that motorcycle through oncoming traffic. He’s running across the top of buildings and jumping from one to another. He’s breaking his nose and his ankles in the process. He’s driving the car. He’s sliding the car backwards down a flight of stairs. He’s climbing up the rope into the helicopter. He’s flying the helicopter. The book… Read More

The Envelope

A father dies and leaves an inheritance to his two children, Jane and Grace. The family member handling the estate gives them each a letter containing the cheques for their inheritance. Jane takes the envelope and puts it in her pocket without opening it. Grace opens it immediately and finds herself in utter shock as she looks at amount written on the cheque. The two siblings hail a cab to go to the bank to claim their inheritance. They get stuck in an agonizing traffic jam. A truck has overturned and is… Read More

Parenting is Hard. God’s grace is Good.

Susan and I have three kids who are in university, high school and elementary school respectively. Our dinner table convos are diverse to say the least. There aren’t too many crossovers between life in an elementary school playground, a high school hallway and a university campus, but there is one thing that is conspicuously common to all three: The quest for identity. Good grades, physical appearance, sense of style, athleticism, musicianship, artistic interests, extracurricular accomplishments, material possessions, popularity, social media notoriety, date-ability, cultural savvy … there is an endless list of things… Read More

Where is God in sickness and death?

In the first year of our church plant, I had the honour of officiating a funeral for one of our members. According to the Scriptures, Janet is not lost. Her family and her church family know precisely where she is. She enjoying the presence of God in a way that words could never convey. For Christians, thinking about our mortality is not morbid, but  reassuring. To be sure, we have deep sorrow in death – but we don’t have sorrow without hope. At the core of our worldview, we do not believe… Read More

On Politics

Voting is a privilege, a responsibility … and it’s often quite hard to do. While every political campaign positions itself as the “clear choice”, we voters often find that our choice is not quite so clear. Voting is always difficult because political platforms and the candidates representing them rarely, if ever, represent all our values in all respects. The headaches than ensue from mentally wrestling with each platform and how we align with the numerous issues at hand is a challenge shared by people of faith and non faith alike. Throw in… Read More