Desert Brush: Deep Roots, Wild Branches

The Flourishing Congregations Institute reported a few years back that the United Church in Canada was closing a church every week. That can’t continue very long. Religious “nones” are the fastest growing religious group in the country–up to 25 percent of Canadians, and even a higher percentage of the younger generation. If churches contribute to … More Desert Brush: Deep Roots, Wild Branches

Wired for God: Sensus Divinitatis

The Reformed tradition within the Christian family is somewhat odd when it comes to apologetics—defending (and more recently, apologizing for) the faith. I was talking with one of our global scholars and I asked what angle he approached apologetics—a practise attached to what 1 Peter 3:15 implores believers: “Always be prepared to give an answer … More Wired for God: Sensus Divinitatis

A Christian Textbook for Africans, Muslims, Women and Martyrs

Wendy Elgersma Helleman and Musa A. B. Gaiya. Early Christianity: A Textbook for African Students. Langham Press, 2019. Wendy Helleman’s co-authored textbook on early Christianity has been called “significant,” “timely,” “substantive,” “indispensable,” “in-depth,” and “comprehensive.” I would also like to add the words “a redemptive influence” to the mix as this is the centre of our … More A Christian Textbook for Africans, Muslims, Women and Martyrs

Scholarship as a Spiritual Discipline

I recently co-hosted a conference at Queen’s University on “Engaging the University”–a symposium on the integrality of faith and academics. One professor spoke up at one point when the discussion was centred on expressions of faith in the classroom. She said: “Something as simple as the practise of starting off the semester with a lecture … More Scholarship as a Spiritual Discipline

Loving Jesus: The Spiritual Heart of a Cosmopolitan Faith

An earlier version of this article appeared in The Christian Courier as “Born Again Kuyperians” on Oct. 23, 2017. Jesus said to people who rested in Old Testament covenant promises: “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come here from God” (John 8:42). Jesus is saying that having an impressive … More Loving Jesus: The Spiritual Heart of a Cosmopolitan Faith