Written word

Magic

The second of three essays by Davis Plett I n the last essay, I attempted to show the sealed door that exists between the adult and the teenager: the sorry plight both of the adolescent world, its chosen and unchosen

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The Trial of the Goblin

The first of three essays by Davis Plett “Well,” she said, “I am seventeen and crazy.”  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury T his is the first of three essays which will attempt to present a problem, a solution and a

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This Old House

Early in August, Jodi McLaren showed me this quite wonderful piece about how the old house that she and George had purchased was making a graceful transition into becoming a home. It is all about planting gardens and painting walls

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A Past, a Present, and a Future

A Past, a Present, and a Future: an address delivered by Jamie Howison to the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Brandon on Friday, October 19, 2010 O ne of the great things about being asked to give an address

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Traveling Music

Back in June, we received an e-mail from saint ben’s regular Sarah Chopee, informing us that she was spending a few months as a volunteer with Scotland’s Iona Community, and asking for permission to introduce that community to Jenny Moore’s

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"For David hates the lame and the blind?"

This is the fourth in a series of sermons preached by Jamie Howison dealing with the figure of David; with the way in which his life speaks into, and sometimes unsettles, the life of the people of God. I n

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A strong book recommendation

Ijust finished reading a very fine new book by David Bentley Hart, and wanted to post this recommendation to hopefully connect some other readers to this guy’s work.  Hart is an American theologian, located within the Orthodox tradition, currently teaching

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Telling the truth, marking a death

A note from Jamie Howison:  What follows here is the text of the sermon preached by Calvin Seerveld on June 6 at the memorial service held to mark the death of Gerald Folkerts.  As I listened to Cal preach, I

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Here to Stay

This is the text of a sermon preached by James Snyder on Pentecost back in 2000, at St George’s Anglican Church in Halifax.  As many of you might be aware, Jim is the author of the saint benedict’s table Lenten

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Relevance and Red Herrings

Are we asking the wrong questions? This is the text of a keynote address delivered  by Jamie Howison to the 2009 Canadian Church Press Conference, held at the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, May 14-16. Click here to download a

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Re-inspiration of the Book of Mark

a short story for the end of Holy Week I wrote this as a reflection as I pass through my time of Lent, and look ahead to Eastertide when I will reaffirm my baptismal vows. It is a reflection on

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A Meditation for Good Friday

a sermon preached on Good Friday, 2009 I want you to hear this story as if for the first time.  And I want you to hear it as Mark dares to tell it.  In Mark’s telling, from the time Jesus

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Lament as Pilgrimage

This is the text from a meditation on lament, offered on March 25, 2009 in our continuing series of Wednesday evening Lenten liturgies. The music for the evening was offered by Kerri Woelke, with Brian James sitting in to play

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A book for Lent

Toward What We Can Scarcely Imagine and Scarcely Refuse We’re really pleased to let you know that we now have copies of a new book for Lent in hand and available for sale for just $10.  “Toward What We Can

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Coltrane in the Cornfields

A note from Jamie Howison:  I’d like to introduce you to Jim Snyder, whose name you will again see on this site in the coming month or so.  We are in the process of putting together a book of material

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Exploring a Novel: Ron Hansen's "Exiles"

A note from Jamie Howison:  This past fall, I discovered the novels of Ron Hansen, a writer and Roman Catholic deacon whose fiction stands as a powerful antidote to much of what is written in the name of “Christian fiction.” 

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