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A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to the Wildhorse Saloon…


By Michael Schwartzentruber I was walking to a party that was being held at the saloon as part of the recent Faith Forward 2014 Conference, in Nashville. I had just crossed an intersection about three blocks from the front door when a homeless guy who had been crouching by the side of a building asked […]

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Faith Foreword


By Michael Schwartzentruber Question: When is a church school not like an iPhone? The question reminds me of one of those “surrealist” jokes I used to tell when I was about 12 years old. (Oh come on, don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about… Okay, maybe you don’t, but there was a time […]

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Becoming Conscious


By Michael Schwartzentruber It’s a bit of a shock when you first walk in. An entire church, most incredibly the sanctuary, done completely in an Egyptian motif, from floor to ceiling, to stained glass, to pulpit and table. One can’t help but wonder what was going through the heads of the church planners who designed, […]

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Epiphany Explorations 2012: Meeting the Stranger, Face-to-Face


by Mike Schwartzentruber For the sixth year, I’m spending the third week of January at Epiphany Explorations, an annual event held at First Metropolitan United Church in Victoria, BC. This year, 650 souls are gathering – a big crowd to hear some big-name speakers, including Marcus Borg, Richard Rohrbaugh, Elizabeth May, Martin Brokenleg, and, just […]

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