Brain Drain in African Higher Education: Motivations and Methods for Bolstering African Educational Opportunities

Brain drain is typically understood as the growing trend of educated, emerging leaders from developing countries emigrating to foreign nations that offer better vocational opportunities, higher pay, and more desirable living conditions. This essay argues that a flourishing African continent requires students to invest in their homeland, and that methods need to keep motivations in mind. … More Brain Drain in African Higher Education: Motivations and Methods for Bolstering African Educational Opportunities

Grace Happens: Reconciliation in a Post-Colonial Age as the New Paradigm for Christian Mission

Reconciliation is not new to the faith, but as a paradigm for mission, it is being put in a position of greater urgency in Christian practise. Christian mission has been focused on growth, expansion, translation, transformation, and renewal. But now reconciliation must take centre stage. Reconciliation is when conflicting parties come to make amends, ideally turning to friendly relations, and right now the Church is one of the offending parties. … More Grace Happens: Reconciliation in a Post-Colonial Age as the New Paradigm for Christian Mission

Why I Changed My Mind: The Perils of Highway Charisma and the Megachurch

News of pastor Bruxy Cavey’s arrest, which comes after other sad news of his sexual transgressions, prompts me to take a more critical look on the liabilities of megachurch charisma. “Highway charisma” is my new term for the runaway power of personality fostered by megachurches and the technology that built them. … More Why I Changed My Mind: The Perils of Highway Charisma and the Megachurch

“She Supposed He Was the Gardener”: Misidentifying Jesus, An Eastertide Meditation

Mary Magdalene supposed the resurrected Jesus was the local gardener. Mary’s mistake can be our corrective, and a rich creation theology can keep us from the self-centred and earth-destroying idea that Jesus is all about the Big Me that has become the focus of our modern consumeristic world. Jesus was resurrected in his body, and that was as the first fruit of all creation. This is theology for a choking planet. … More “She Supposed He Was the Gardener”: Misidentifying Jesus, An Eastertide Meditation

Caught Up in the Fray of Clergy Sexual Abuse: Media, the Megachurch, and the Mess We’re In

The news of Bruxy Cavey’s fall from grace is bigger and more wide-spread than any promotion of his gift of grace, which was teaching Jesus’ Way with words. His moral failure has overtaken his teaching charisma, like many others before him. A media presence celebrating the end of religion that took over two decades to … More Caught Up in the Fray of Clergy Sexual Abuse: Media, the Megachurch, and the Mess We’re In

Resisting the Temptation: Bruxy Cavey’s Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

One of Canada’s most well-known evangelical pastors, Bruxy Cavey is facing allegations of sexual misconduct, as his chair of overseers publicly announced early in the week of Dec. 6th 2021. He has been placed on a leave of absence while an independent third-party investigation takes place. Some things to consider before you jump to any conclusions… … More Resisting the Temptation: Bruxy Cavey’s Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Engaging the Global Polylogue: Why Listen to Christians in the Majority World When it Comes to Sexual Ethics?

Is the majority world on the wrong side of history when it comes to sexual ethics? Where harsh laws exist criminalizing homosexual acts, it seems to be true. But Western arrogance in declaring the direction of history could be seen as the vestiges of colonialism. What about the church? Who is having their ethics sullied by their social context? Here I don’t give all the answers, but I do raise some issues and say we can at least start by listening to each other. … More Engaging the Global Polylogue: Why Listen to Christians in the Majority World When it Comes to Sexual Ethics?

The Lost Art of Friendship: Building Trust and Affection with Strangers as the Medicine of Life

In his book The Four Loves, C. S. Lewis writes: “To the Ancients, Friendship seemed the happiest and most fully human of all loves; the crown of life and the school of virtue. The modern world, in comparison, ignores it.” Its not just that we are poorer without friends, but one can die without friends. … More The Lost Art of Friendship: Building Trust and Affection with Strangers as the Medicine of Life