Paternalism in the Pastorate

Paternalism in the Pastorate

Paternalism in the Pastorate FOREWORD I offer these reflections hoping they might be helpful in further understanding one element that I believe is fueling the great resignation among pastors – paternalism in the pastorate. The insights in this piece have come to me...
We Believe With Our Bodies

We Believe With Our Bodies

We Believe With Our Bodies On Saturday, September 16, 2023, I attended a community weed pull organized by the city of Delta. For a few hours about a dozen of us pulled invasive English Ivy from the trees and undergrowth of Ladner Harbour Park. Photo Above: Wild Church...
Identity, Anxiety, and the Holy Spirit

Identity, Anxiety, and the Holy Spirit

Identity, Anxiety, and the Holy Spirit Churches relate to denominational belief statements in different ways. Some view them as descriptive, while others see them as prescriptive. Some view Statements of Faith as agents of unity, while others view them as weapons of...
God’s Preferential Option for the Poor

God’s Preferential Option for the Poor

God’s Preferential Option for the Poor Image: Station 15: Triumph of Life From the “Stations of the Cross from Latin America 1492-1992” by Adolfo Pérez Esquivel   ∼ During my pastoral career, I’ve noticed a common response to the forefronting of...
God is a Monster & So Am I

God is a Monster & So Am I

Under their wings on their four sides they hadhuman hands. All four of them had faces andwings, and the wings of one touched the wings of another.…This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.  Ezekiel 1:8-9, 28 God is a Monster & So Am I...
False Teacher

False Teacher

False Teacher This poem was created as part of a trauma exercise to process an event you can read about in my post “On Conflict, Pain, & Composting.” The image is a modified version of an etching from the 1685 edition of “Martyrs Mirror.”...