The Provocative Gospel of Jesus, The Son of God- reflections on the third chapter of the Gospel of Mark

In my previous reflection, I noted the transition from John (the Baptizer) to Jesus in the first chapter of Mark’s Gospel, a transition that pushes us into a fuller discussion of the nature of discipleship- the call to follow Jesus on the Way. Recognizing the Way as a movement in (and into) life in theContinue reading “The Provocative Gospel of Jesus, The Son of God- reflections on the third chapter of the Gospel of Mark”

The Counterintuitive Ways of Jesus- Reflections in the Second Chapter of Mark

I reflected in my previous posts that the first chapter of Mark is primarily concerned with helping us to “see” the person and works of Christ- Jesus is where John points us and Jesus is the one that we are called to follow on the Way. In the second chapter of Mark we begin toContinue reading “The Counterintuitive Ways of Jesus- Reflections in the Second Chapter of Mark”

The Pattern of Discipleship: Further Reflections on the First Chapter of The Gospel of Mark

In my previous reflection on the first chapter of Mark, I focused on my response to “the Kingdom of God coming near”, suggesting it necessarily be shaped by the following two ideas: 1. Repentance (a turning towards Jesus) 2. Belief in the Gospel of God (living into the “way” which John comes to prepare andContinue reading “The Pattern of Discipleship: Further Reflections on the First Chapter of The Gospel of Mark”

The Kingdom Come Near: Reflections on The First Chapter of the Gospel of Mark

Every year our Church embarks on a journey through one of the four Gospel narratives. This year it is The Gospel of Mark, and with this past Sunday marking the start of the series (the first Sunday of Epiphany), we opened the series by looking at Mark’s first chapter. To help foster some further reflectionContinue reading “The Kingdom Come Near: Reflections on The First Chapter of the Gospel of Mark”

Book Review: Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Tim Keller

I think Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical is Keller’s best work yet. He has gone on record stating that Making Sense of God is a sort of prequel to his best selling The Reason for God. The reason he gives for such a prequel is that he felt the need toContinue reading “Book Review: Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Tim Keller”

ROSEBUD- A resolution that just might work.

One of the podcasts in my weekly rotation recently published an episode on New Years resolutions. Normally I don’t do resolutions. I find them predictable, cheesy, a bit silly, and unrealistic. So I was a bit cynical when I found the podcast promising an approach to resolutions that could actually make a difference in theContinue reading “ROSEBUD- A resolution that just might work.”

Learning to Live in La La Land

Wonderfully nostalgic and gloriously choreographed, La La Land presents itself as a love letter to a Hollywood golden age, a time past when musicals were written for the screen and production numbers were full of Tinseltown glamor. For a sense of reference, there is an interview that admits the movie’s appreciation of That Thing YouContinue reading “Learning to Live in La La Land”

2017: THE STUFF I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE YEAR AHEAD

Time to turn the page on a new year. So what I am looking forward to in 2017? BIRTHDAYS AND TRAVEL (and hopefully some ice cream and gluten free cake to top it all off) Travel in 2017 is all about celebrating the birthdays: 1. Canada’s 150th Birthday If you haven’t had the opportunity toContinue reading “2017: THE STUFF I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE YEAR AHEAD”

Looking Back at 2016: A Year of Pop Culture Favourites

I’m a little bit late to the game, but… it’s that time again. The time of year when top (ten/twenty/100) lists can be found in abundance. Time to reflect on the year that was. Time to look forward to the year that will be. And time to celebrate (of course) the stuff of pop cultureContinue reading “Looking Back at 2016: A Year of Pop Culture Favourites”