2 Jul 2017

Rethinking Canadian Culture

Canada Day, which the country observed yesterday, raises all sorts of troubling questions, some of them quite divisive....I want to run with a question about culture today, but it is a bit of a spin off from the usual culture questions that are raised by Canada Day. I want to ask whether the basic message that Jesus preached in fact raises some even more fundamental challenges to the ways culture is celebrated.
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9 Nov 2015

What are we Remembering?

Remembrance Day is a challenge for Christian preachers.  For most of us our permanent default is to be peacemakers.  And that makes it difficult to stand before a congregation and praise the work of soldiers.  At first glance, Remembrance Day is all about war…and thus is presumed to be the opposite of peace,  But I’ve never met a soldier who hasn’t been all about peace.  They, who have seen the worst humanity can do to one another, are passionate about ending the violence of war even as they know that sometimes war is inevitable.  Albert Camus once wrote:  “peace is the only battle worth waging.”  The soldiers I’ve known understand that and have committed their bodies to following it up.
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