Baby Steps on Issues of Racism

It takes a lot of work these days not to notice the eruption of anger, frustration, and sorrow over the gross inequities in North American society based on ethnicity. The death of George Floyd under the knee of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, now charged with second-degree murder, has catalyzed a wave of protests across […]

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The Absence and Presence of God

The Absence and Presence of God I’m always especially encouraged when something I read in the Daily Prayer—that collection of scriptures and prayers woven together by the Church of England—speaks directly to my present circumstances. It happens often enough, to be sure, but did so especially profoundly this morning. I’ve been searching for language to […]

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Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Life

Lately, I’ve been enjoying Daniel G. Opperwall’s book A Layman in the Desert: Monastic Wisdom for a Life in the World (Yonkers, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2015). In it, Opperwall mines the riches of John Cassian’s Conferences, an important source for Orthodox (and Western) monasticism from the early 5th century, to encourage ordinary folks […]

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Why Memes Are Great for Everyday Life … and Bad for Politics

Recently, a political meme passed through my Facebook feed and forced me to confront my frustration with the way social media so often harms our political life together, rather than supporting healthy democratic debate and encouraging fruitful political engagement. The source of my upset? In a word, it’s oversimplification, or rather, distortion. One of my favourite […]

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“On the Love of Learning and the Pursuit of Virtue” – Ambrose University Convocation Chapel, January 3, 2019

Having been appointed as Chair of the new Department of Humanities at Ambrose in summer 2018, I was asked to speak at the convocation chapel to open the winter 2019 semester at Ambrose (January 3). Here is the text of my talk. Scriptures: Col. 1:15-20; Eph. 1:3-10 My goals this morning are to inspire you […]

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U2 as a Soundscape of Memory

This past week my family bought me a turntable for my birthday present–better than that, a turntable and U2’s  30th Anniversary Joshua Tree 7 LP Super Deluxe Box Set! Along with the original Joshua Tree as a double album, the set includes a double-album from a 1987 concert at Madison Square Garden, another three albums of […]

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Ambivalence, Association, and Avoidance as Christian Responses to Nazi Antisemitism and Racial Policy

On November 9, 2017, I had the honour of participating in the annual Kristallnacht Pogrom remembrance sponsored by the Calgary Jewish Federation and the Calgary Council of Christians and Jews, at the Riddell Library, Mount Royal University, Calgary. I presented the following lecture, entitled, “Ambivalence, Association, and Avoidance as Christian Responses to Nazi Antisemitism and Racial […]

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