Here I Stand: Public Theology

Here I Stand: Public Theology

The phrase public theology is one I have seen quite often lately. Now, to those of us who live in the Western world, such a phrase seems like an oxymoron. We’ve been told that religion and spirituality are private things, that there is a split between the sacred and...
Here I Stand: Luther’s Legacy

Here I Stand: Luther’s Legacy

It’s the 500th Anniversary year since Luther posted his 95 Theses. We’re going to be hearing a lot about Luther in our churches this year. What’s the big deal about Martin Luther? Martin Luther isn’t inspiring Harold Rust to move to Red Deer, Alberta to plant a...
A Gift Received

A Gift Received

In the 1990s, some marketing expert came up with the idea of purple sunscreen. In theory, purple sunscreen was a good idea. Before the color faded away, it allowed parents to easily see where the product had been applied and where more was needed. My wife and I...
A Gift Lost?

A Gift Lost?

Joseph and I sat in the exam room of the oncologist’s office that January day. It was a check-up after finishing his treatment for neuroblastoma ten months earlier. That had been quite a year, after discovering our beautiful, precocious two-year-old had metastatic...