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 […]Read More The Absence and Presence of God
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 […]Read More Monastic Wisdom for Everyday Life
Unless you’ve been on Mars (or maybe outside of Canada) for the past couple of days, you’ll know that longtime Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry–he of the famous Coach’s Corner segment–was fired by Rogers Sportsnet for his controversial comments about immigrants not wearing poppies in the lead-up to Remembrance Day. Cherry made his […]Read More What Don Cherry Said Was Racist. Here’s Why.
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 […]Read More Why Memes Are Great for Everyday Life … and Bad for Politics
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 […]Read More “On the Love of Learning and the Pursuit of Virtue” – Ambrose University Convocation Chapel, January 3, 2019
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 […]Read More U2 as a Soundscape of Memory
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 […]Read More Ambivalence, Association, and Avoidance as Christian Responses to Nazi Antisemitism and Racial Policy