The Epistle of Q — Chapter 121

And On a different track… This morning (August 16th) I listened to a very profound sermon from Zion Presbyterian in Charlottetown (www.zionpres.org/churchservics (Sermon Audio version for August 16th). The basic question raised is: when did we quit being concerned with truth? It got me thinking about numerous changes that have occurred in recent years that […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 120

Another view of on-line education… Recently I have been getting some directed feedback about some of my rants. I was rightly castigated by a couple of you for not indicating the western attitudes towards the federal government are really nothing new and that some of the problems are of the west’s own making: For one […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 119

Are we in danger of losing Canada?… As I begin to pack up and clear out of The Shack I’ve been living in while at Concordia University of Edmonton, I’ve had an opportunity to reflect back over the totality of my teaching gig, including some ancillary events and activities (including another visit to my 103 […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 118

Music in Cathedrals & Other Great Places of Worship… Is it because I am a sinner that I receive such good vibes when I hear powerful ecclesiastical music coming from choirs and/or pipe organs? Often these presentations are as moving as good sermons. I was reminded of this recently as I sat outside Westminster Presbyterian […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 117

Are we in the Academy really very innovative? This spring/summer has been another interesting experience or perhaps series of experiences for me and not just because of COVID-19. Firstly, I have had little time to write – for one thing this editorialog has not progressed very far. Secondly, my teaching was a mixture of weird […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 116 (b)

oh no… hear we go again…I promised you a second part to my concerns about Covid-19 and here it is… The world of panicking about the panic has firmly taken hold now. We are hearing that universities may well continue in lockdown well into the autumn. The plan is to continue on-line learning. And so […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 116 (a)

Oh no, not another rant about Covid-19! Yes. here again is another rant about Covid-19. Actually there will be probably two rants – this is the one that seems to need to be next. I think it was Peter Lougheed who first told me this. Later I heard it from others. But in a conversation […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 115

Does the phrase Reformed yet always Reforming really mean what it says? Disclaimer: If you are not much interested in theological discourses, you may want to skip this one… Once again my church – The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) – has slid sideways in its efforts to provide even useful commentary on national issues, […]

The Epistle of Q — Chapter 114

Has COVID-19 caused us to forget the Arts? Okay, I get it. We are not to congregate. We are to stay away from each other. We are only to play on the roads. We are to become introverts in the worst way. But enough, this chapter is about the Arts and like sports writers, I […]