Safe spaces like Jacob’s Well are becoming more difficult to find in the DTES, and the atmosphere on the street has become more hostile as gentrification continues to push a vulnerable demographic into an increasingly smaller area.
Aspiring artists that follow Christ go through a boxing match between their gut and their brain. But I’ve determined that Christian artists need to put the boxing gloves down and get on with it. They need to shut up and work.
There is a purpose to our pain. Even when we can’t feel that or we don’t know it to be true, we can trust it.
The importance of design can easily be overlooked. Even when you see design every day: that red octagon, the golden arches, hundreds of green double-tailed mermaids, or a map at the rapid transit station, without a second thought all these symbols and colours are neatly placed in the back of your mind as what they stand for […]
Most people are really good at either humility/hearing or courage/doing. To be great at both hearing and doing requires time and effort.
If we want to know if a particular ministry is being “successful” we should ask the following question: What signs of the kingdom have we seen or experienced during the past week? All other measurements of success fall subservient to that single question.
As much as I long to never again be asked to speak about being a woman in ministry, and as much as I want the day to come when the gender of clergy is not in any way interesting, we are not there yet. — Nadia Bolz-Weber I long for a time when gender inequality […]
When I was gone one Sunday, my aspiring mega-church pastor offered my job as music director to someone else. He never told me I was being fired, he just… replaced me and didn’t plan on telling me. My wife and I had just bought our first house five months earlier based on a housing allowance […]
Some while ago the small Anglican church I attend moved out of its building and into a space primarily used by a local Seventh Day Adventist congregation. At first this troubled me. Why couldn’t my church afford its old space? Why would God move us from a comfortable building He had provided in the first […]
Dear Amanda, The guy I’m dating isn’t someone I ever pictured myself with. I pictured a tall, dark, and handsome guy and he’s not that. But he IS really wonderful, treats me well, and I could see this lasting. How can I know that he’s perfect for me, will take care of me, challenge my […]