This fall (2021), our convocation chapel was conceived as a time to explore three key facets of our university mission: wise engagement, joyful engagement, and redemptive engagement … in the church, society, and the created order … through excellent Christian university education. The vice-president academic asked the two deans—my colleague, the dean of theology, and […]Read More Wise Engagement
During the pandemic of 2020-2021 (and we hope not longer), people right around the world have had to cope with physical separation from others who are close to them, whether family, friends, co-workers, fellow congregants, or neighbours. It would be difficult indeed to find anyone anywhere not impacted in some way by the loss of […]Read More Bonhoeffer on Physical Separation
Several months ago, I was scheduled to preach in my home church, High River Alliance, on the first two Sundays of June (2020). I felt led to preach on Psalm 105 and 106, which seemed like two very different ways of retelling the story of God with Israel, God’s people. (This was in the midst […]Read More Social Repentance: A Liturgy of Unfaithfulness
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.
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 Tuesday, November 22, 2016, The Atlantic posted an article entitled “’Hail Trump!’: White Nationalists Salute the President Elect.” It concerns a November 19 National Policy Institute (NPI) conference in Washington, DC, along with video footage excerpted from the speech of NPI president Richard B. Spencer. The NPI is an “alt-right” (i.e. right-wing extremist) white […]Read More How Contemporary White Nationalists Reference Nazi Germany
At Ambrose, history faculty and students research various local history projects. From 2016-2018, we are engaged in a project called “Refugee Stories: The Immigration and Resettlement of Germans in Western Canada, 1947-1960.” We are partnering with members of various German-Canadian communities in Calgary and throughout Alberta, combining scholarly research and oral history interviews to discover […]Read More Researching German Immigration to Western Canada
After the Trumpocalypse: What should we expect now? In “After the Trumpocalypse: What Happened?” I attempted to explain–if only to satisfy myself–how Donald Trump won the 2016 US presidential election. But what happens now? We have no idea. Given Donald Trump’s erratic and unprincipled record in his business, public, and private life, there is absolutely no […]Read More After the Trumpocalypse: What Should We Expect Now?
In the spring of 2016, I was invited to participate on a panel at the Organization of Military Museums of Canada conference in Calgary. The organizer wanted to bring together scholars who had something to say about the potential for partnerships between museum curators and university scholars, based in part on some of the innovative […]Read More University-Museum Partnerships: The “Placing Memory” Project and Community-Based Research
Over the years, friends and family members have often joked with me that once the summer comes, I don’t really have to work. Usually (I think) this is in fun, and my standard reply is something like, “I don’t remember seeing you in grad school …” It’s my way of reminding them (and myself) that […]Read More A Professor’s Summer (2016)