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A Crucible to Call our Own

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s martyrdom. The crucible in which Bonhoeffer lived and died—Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, and World War Two—has been seen, up until now, as the greatest existential threat humanity has faced in modern times. Now, with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have entered into another global existential crisis of historic […]

Rome’s River Edges

As a chaplain who lives and works in Thunder Bay, I’ve had the privilege to provide spiritual care and grief counselling to Indigenous youth from Northern Ontario reserves suffering the intergenerational trauma of residential schools, including years of witnessing and experiencing sexual and physical abuse, extreme violence, and the resulting addictions that ensue and continue […]

City of a Suffering God

As a chaplain who works in both the prison and hospital settings, I provide spiritual care for people who are either deemed by society as “irredeemable offenders” unworthy of forgiveness or “innocent sufferers” worthy of forgiveness and all the support society can muster. An overgeneralization I know, but one that nonetheless hits to the core […]

3 Heresies The Shack Movie Confronts in the Church Today

In Brad Jersak’s previous guest post, he talked about how The Shack movie unveils toxic representations of God. In the article he asked tough questions directed at The Shack’s critics; questions that asked whether the current ‘heresy’ accusations being levelled at The Shack and it’s author, W.m. Paul Young, are not in fact themselves borne […]

How The Shack Movie Unveils Toxic Representations of God

The following is a guest post from Orthodox theologian and author Brad Jersak (PhD). Paul Young’s bestseller finally hits the big screen on March 3. That’s news—great news—as I’ll explain shortly. What’s not news is how the so-called ‘discernment ministries’ (a euphemism for heresy-hunters) have begun yelping. They’re recycling ‘ye olde’ objections but, typically, barking […]

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