In the last post, I observed what I’m seeing as a changing worship pattern - twice a month as the new normal. While these trends in worship patterns are interesting data to observe, the more important question is about how we practice Sabbath. The changing worship patterns are, in some measure, a reaction to the… Continue reading The new normal and Sabbath keeping: practicing 24/6
In my tradition, twice was the norm. Growing up in the Christian Reformed Church, attending church twice every Sunday was a non-negotiable, a near creational given. "Oncers" were deemed on a slippery slope to perdition, an accommodation to the ease of culture and all its entertainments (and how I desperately wanted to be a oncer… Continue reading Twice (a month) – the new normal?
Calling all singles of faith, in the church or perhaps checked out of the church. Can you help me sort out a few things? I've been thinking about life as a single person in a community of faith, and then wondering about the role and reality of marriage for today's single. Here's why I'm thinking… Continue reading Singles, marriage and a match made in church?
Today is Family Day in a variety of places across Canada. Who can argue with a holiday in February? (yet another reason, my good American friends, you should want to be Canadian!) And since the holiday is about family, here's something for all my family and friends who might think me stark-raving mad for moving… Continue reading Family Day in the city
I think we need to update the list of deadly sins - and I vote that shopping just might be the greatest modern enemy to living the Jesus life. The church in North America is in such a dangerous place and we hardly know it. We exist in an environment of consumerism; it's the air we… Continue reading The eighth deadly sin?
This week I began work again after a time of sabbatical. And it is good to be working again. The structure for the week, the purposefulness of a place to go where your skills are engaged, the craft of it, the mind/body engagement. It’s good. I missed my work; I was itching to get back… Continue reading For the love of work
My faith tribe, the Christian Reformed Church, is holding its annual Synod (meaning "assembly" from the Greek word συνοδος) in Grand Rapids, MI as you read this (if you're a keener, you can watch it here). It's mostly a big family meeting where we huddle up to listen, discuss and decide on weighty, and not-so-weighty, issues,… Continue reading That’s Synod with a y