On Notebooks

This article orginally appeared in the Et Cetera, Regent College's student newspaper, on September 6, 2022. Sometimes you’re asked to name those who’ve inspired you. I’m going to start answering: people who fill up notebooks. The pile of my unfinished notebooks is (I’ve measured) waist-high, though I just realized that I’ve forgotten to add my … Continue reading On Notebooks

Inheriting More Than Language

When the architects and craftsmen of medieval Europe built their churches—stone, wood, and stained glass—they designed them with names for the various areas and parts and structures. The area that was reserved for the congregation to gather in worship was called the ship. They didn't think it a strange name. For centuries, Christian writers had … Continue reading Inheriting More Than Language

The Particularity of Poetry

I recently took part in a conversation around the role of aesthetics in faith, and the famous (or infamous) piece "Footprints" came up. While there are people who take genuine comfort from it, most of my friends find it sentimental and cheesy. It's often the butt of jokes. But it's also possible that few of … Continue reading The Particularity of Poetry

Old Enough For Fairy Tales: C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia”

In the dedication of The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe to his goddaughter Lucy, C.S. Lewis said: "I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it … Continue reading Old Enough For Fairy Tales: C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia”

Subversion By Submission: The Creativity of Women’s Theological Discourse

It’s not a surprising assertion to say that women have often been silenced and neglected in the realm of theological discourse. Even when you can hold up one or two examples, an even richer and broader heritage of women’s voices goes under-read, under-appreciated, and under-cited. (Not that this little essay will do anything to fix … Continue reading Subversion By Submission: The Creativity of Women’s Theological Discourse

My Favourite Harry Potter Book

I don't really do the picking favourites thing. No favourite authors, no favourite movies, no favourite TV shows. Mostly it's because there are so many I love that I find it difficult, if not impossible, to pick. But after some careful consideration (and a recent re-listen of the audiobook), I think I can say I … Continue reading My Favourite Harry Potter Book

Vignettes From A Summer of Life (Part III)

The Starlit Garden One evening we were together, my friends and I, trying to come up with another “Vancouver thing” to do. We chose Queen Elizabeth Park, at Cambie and 33rd. The sun was going down and the shadows were lengthening. The park was another of those places that I had been to when I … Continue reading Vignettes From A Summer of Life (Part III)