Manufacturing and Mystery

July 12, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Our very human tendency is to try to manufacture our own lives. We try to control through what we manufacture rather than trusting in the mysterious process…which is God’s gift to us and our work. Fabrications are not suited to the life of faith. They don’t wear well. – Mary Jo Leddy, Reweaving Religious Life, … Read More

Fires and Local Life

July 9, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Alan reflects on the recent fires in Western Canada and the US. These tragic events underline how important it is for us to dwell in the local and become attentive. It is in the local, among the ordinary people we share life with, that the action and answers to the many growing crises are to … Read More

What I’ve Learned

July 5, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Six years ago (2015), Joining God, Remaking the Church, Changing the World was published. It was broadly received across the Euro-tribal churches because it signalled the malaise confronting these churches (ecclesiocentrism, technique, individualism and clergy-centrism). It proposed that God’s central concern is not the fixing of these churches. Rather, the Spirit is out ahead in … Read More

Summer and Friendship

June 24, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Alan reflects on the week and the gift of summer for both rest and reconnecting with friends who help us breath together the gift of life God has given us.

Giving Thanks

June 18, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Alan shares a personal reflection and thanks for the great gift of journeying together in the kingdom of God’s people. We are all wrestling and struggling, but the Spirit is at work.

Grief and Finding Hope

June 11, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Alan reflects on recent events surrounding Canadian Residential schools and targeted shootings and asks, “Where do we look for hope?” He shares a story of a friend that gives us some clues about what this hope looks like.

My Granddaughter and Willie Jennings

June 4, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Alan reflects on his own disturbance around growing anti-Asian hate and how he continues to be shaped by a new imagination. He recommends listening to this year’s Fuller Seminary Payton Lecture with Willie Jennings.

Anxiety and Proper Confidence

May 28, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Alan responds to the growing anxiety he is seeing amongst clergy. There is an invitation to lay down these growing anxieties in a proper confidence that God is at work.

A New Normal

May 21, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Alan Roxburgh reflects on going back to “normal”. He shares concerns and what might, in fact, be possible.