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Clarion Journal (ISSN 2369-0070) is a serial publication of Fresh Wind Press, Abbotsford, BC Canada (est. 2003). Clarion explores the connection between spirituality and justice.
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Credit: Flickr|CSIS Poni Wayne Northey: The use of drones–as with any aerial bombing–invariably murders civilians, often in vast numbers. Two classic studies of aerial warfare by Tami Davis Biddle are: (2019) Air Power and Warfare: A Century of Theory and... Continue reading
CHALLENGE “Richard, the New Testament NEVER teaches that ALL men will be reconciled to God. I understand that you think God uses His postmortem judgment fire to cure, purge, and prepare humanity for heaven, not torture them for eternity. I... Continue reading
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The New Testament demonstrates a profound integration of the Hellenized Judaism established in Alexandria. The first Christian theologians were not contaminating some imaginary pure Jewish Christianity with Greek accretions. Rather, our authors will propose and demonstrate the confluence of both great streams in the development of the New Testament Scriptures, patristic theology, and hermeneutics. Continue reading
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The Fisheries Stand-off in Atlantic Canada: Understanding the Complexity of this Issue (A Personal Perspective) Lois Mitchell [This paper was written last fall at the height of the dispute in Nova Scotia over the “moderate-living lobster fishery”, being conducted by... Continue reading
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Flikr/Lawrence OP There is a clear exodus from both the institution of church and the Christian faith that shows no signs of abating,[1] Thousands of people are experiencing what is being called the deconstruction[2] of their faith. They are knocking... Continue reading
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Middle Eastern shepherds in the time of the Bible did NOT break the legs of sheep and carry them on their shoulders to keep them from running away again, or “hold them close to their heart” or whatever myth you... Continue reading
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I have wrestled with the lack of gratitude and trust I’ve witnessed in Christians during the pandemic. I decided to write a prayer to confess these lacks in myself and reorient my heart to these virtues under God. Father: We... Continue reading
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Wayne Northey: A man in our Home Improvement Group once challenged us all: “Just try spending one day in my skin!” In 1959, a white Texan journalist, John Howard Griffin, did precisely that: for 420 days. The 1961 book Black... Continue reading
"Stephen Leacock was part of that curious and perhaps indigenously Canadian species which has been given the name of “Red Tory” - Alan Bowker "Many writers have asserted that there is a common ground between conservatism and socialism; perhaps the... Continue reading
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There’s some debate on whether Judas took and ate the bread and wine Jesus offered. Whether he partook of the sacraments, I don’t know, and I don’t know if we can know. But here’s what every translation of John 13:30... Continue reading
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“Everything is Connected”: Seven Stops SSU Convocation Address April 17, 2021 Lois P. Mitchell, PhD Friends and especially graduates… It’s really a privilege to be invited to speak this morning. But of course, it’s also a challenge. What to say?... Continue reading
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I don't enter into my comments as a learned biblical scholar or trained theologian. I am neither of those, but I was struck by the exegesis of Rabbi Sharon Brous as she spoke of the plagues (Exodus 9) in a... Continue reading
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Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt. Foreword by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Plough Publishing House, 2015. Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842–1919) was born in Möttlingen, Germany, at the very time his father, Johann Christoph Blumhardt, was engaged in the amazing events recounted in Plough’s book The... Continue reading
WN: Diane is one of the amazing volunteers in charge of Colorado CURE. Please enjoy this brief interview: My wife and I have had the good fortune of being members, and I represent Canadian CURE. It has chapters in most... Continue reading
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At the intersection of pop empowerment and “concentered-in-self” spirituality we boldly set this sign: I believe in the forgiveness of sins. This is a bedrock Christian trust. The sentence has more than one meaning. It first affirms that God forgives... Continue reading
I’ve long had a collection of psalms I refer to as “My Psalter.” These are the psalms that have become extra special to me, that I have lived into deeply, meditating on them “day and night.” The Book of Psalms... Continue reading
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PLEASE NOTE: Below are excerpts of my paper for the above-noted Journal. At the very end of this post, one may click on the highlighted text, and read the full article in PDF. And of course one may also read... Continue reading
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Wayne Northey: It is exciting to introduce The Kenarchy Journal! Roger Mitchell, the editor and founder, created the neologism, "kenarchy," explaining: Kenarchy is a newly constructed word signifying an innovative, inclusive reconfiguration of Jesus’ politics of love. It is derived... Continue reading
“There is perhaps no greater tragic irony than the scene that was surely played out at numerous black lynchings when both the lynchers and the lynched ostensibly cried out to the same God, the God of Jesus Christ.” Introduction In... Continue reading
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ON THE ASCETICISM OF THE EYE During this period of Great Lent, the question of fasting with the eyes arose during our weekly Pilgrimage Society spiritual evenings. In initiating a discussion on the subject, my mind was drawn to a... Continue reading
Tradition, traditions, traditionalism Human Rights: Comedic and Tragic Realities Problems with Tradition Continue reading
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What kind of book is the Bible? How should we read and interpret the Bible? How should we tell the Bible’s story with our words and our lives? Pre-order now on Amazon These are the questions at the heart of... Continue reading
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Image by Denys Tymchyshyn UBP Seventeen years ago a film premiered during Lent. The film is about these holy days we are entering, this sacred week that remakes the world. There’s a scene in the film of Jesus falling flat... Continue reading
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Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1987-074-16 / CC-BY-SA 3.0 “HE HAD A CRITICAL ABILITY TO COPE WITH OTHER VIEWS” - REINHOLD SEEBERG In this age of American hyper-identity politics and the resulting disintegration of political and religious discourse, Dietrich Bonhoeffer stands as a... Continue reading
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Cornel West - photo by Gage Skidmore I first became involved with men in prison in 1974, at a time the first prison I visited (Oakalla Prison, Burnaby BC, Canada) still operated under a military regimen with many ex-military hired... Continue reading