A Disputable Matter? Part 1

This post kicks off a series wherein I will tackle the question of whether covenanted same-sex unions ought to be considered a disputable matter. I grew up in a denomination that did not ordain women into ministry offices until 1995. The hottest years of the debate happened during my teens and early twenties. I remember…

Certainty & Conviction

I tend to think a lot about certainty and the ways it influences our faith – and in particular, the conversations at the intersection of faith and sexuality. I also think a lot about conviction and the role it plays in how we express our faith. In this post I want to look at how…

Absolutes – Part 2

Yesterday I talked about absolutes in light of a question I’d been asked that required me to give an absolute response. Today, in part 2, I want to share my thoughts on an absolute statement I encountered over the weekend when I was speaking at a church. I’m not sure that I can give an…

Working with Language

I’ve been pondering for some time the need to write a new article regarding language usage in the conversation at the intersection of faith and sexuality. Then I ran across an article dealing with transgender terminology that was so clear and helpful, it was the catalyst that I needed. In the last section, I’ll simply…

Absolutes – Part 1

Truth be told, I’m not very comfortable with absolutes. I suppose that is in large part due to my personality type (for you Myers-Briggs junkies, I’m an INFP). I love to live in the world of grey, even though at times that raises tension and challenge. But besides my personal bent, I think I have…

If I had a million dollars …..

The McCain’s, of french fries fame, have donated a million dollars to the Metropolitan Church in Toronto. This is pretty significant news in my neck of the woods. Wallace McCain who made the gift referred to the connection back in New Brunswick that he had with the MCC’s pastor, Brent Hawkes. Seems that the Hawkes…

Welcoming 2011!

Happy New Year friends! Thank you for interacting with this blog in the last year. I look forward to continuing to explore and expand our experience of generous spaciousness together in the conversation to come. As I think about the coming year, I wanted to share with you a picture that has struck me as…

Give a Damn

This weekend a number of thing collided in my brain and spirit as I sat feeling a heavy weight of sadness in our church service. As I pondered and listened and prayed, I strained to integrate the various thoughts and impressions that swirled within me. I’ve been wrestling with this heavy sadness for a while.…