Monthly Archives: October 2010

Metaphors for Diversity


Cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson once wrote, “There are few things as toxic as a bad metaphor. You can’t think without metaphors.” (A World of Ideas, 1989) Cognitive research shows that she is right. A whole network of conceptual metaphors … Continue reading

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Homophobia in the Church


The recent series of suicides by teenagers who are gay or perceived to be gay should break our hearts and alarm our senses to the bullying that is going on and to the plight of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and … Continue reading

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Radical Hospitality: Giving and Receiving


(Sermon Preached for All Nations Heritage Service, Grace Christian Reformed Church in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada on October 3, 2010) Texts: Leviticus 19:33-34; Luke 10:1-12; Acts 10:9-48; Hebrews 13:1-2; Revelation 3:20 These days when we think of hospitality, one of two things usually … Continue reading

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Muslims Love Their Children Too


During the height of the Cold War, pop singer Sting released a song, “Russians”, with the following refrain: “the Russians love their children too.” In the midst of last month’s hullaballoo over the Ground Zero Mosque and the Koran burning controversies on 9/11’s annivesary, … Continue reading

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