I was asked to write a poem for the Advent candle lighting this past Sunday at church, with a focus on John the Baptist. I thought of him out in the desert, forging a path for his Messiah, then realized that he himself was probably being forged. We call Advent a time of preparation, not … Continue reading St John the Baptist
It’s almost a sure bet that if people have heard of C.S. Lewis, then they’ve read The Chronicles of Narnia. Occasionally they haven’t, but such cases are rare enough that people generally assume others know the stories. When conversations about him start up the question that’s usually asked is “Have you read the Cosmic Trilogy?” … Continue reading All That We Think Is Love: C.S. Lewis’ “Till We Have Faces”
Poetry grows where the soil is rich. I rarely went outside to play; even outside is a place not grown but built, trees planned and planted, uprooted when they uproot sidewalks. A place that goes out dressed as other places and rarely seen as home. A place few stay in and then mostly for the … Continue reading Growing Poetry In Vancouver
Beth Allison Barr’s The Making of Biblical Womanhood has been making quite a splash among the people who care deeply about women’s issues in Christianity, whether egalitarian or complementarian, which of course means that not everyone approves. Barr herself does not present the book as a neutral examination of the history of women in the … Continue reading The Freedom To Love: Beth Allison Barr’s “The Making of Biblical Womanhood”
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