As I write this, I am sitting in my office which is now also my bedroom, my closet, and a storage space for various musical instruments, all my throw rugs, and two extra mattresses. We are renovating our upstairs bathroom, so my household is in upheaval. Furniture is pushed into corners, huddled in tight clusters. The living room has sheets of drywall leaning against the wall. The floors are covered in brown paper. There is a plastic curtain surrounding the construction site. Bare wires...
This was such a special moment, recorded live during our first "Portage" morning in St. Jax church in Montreal this past summer. The Spirit of God was so sweet in that moment, in that place, with those gathered. Thanks Erika for writing (and leading) so beautifully. Download the song file and the chart below.
Erika Kobewka - Lead Vocal, Violin
Sherry Ansloos - Keys
Tony Divito - Drums
Ted Kim - Electric Guitar
Kris MacQueen - Acoustic Guitar, BGVs
Peter Wiebe - Cello
This is a bit unique from our usual "episodes". What follows is a 12 minute Christmas Eve meditation, hosted by Kris MacQueen. It's combination of personal reflection, prayer from the Common Book of Prayer and a couple of short, simple songs:
"Merry Christmas, friends. I would like to invite you to create around you as sacred a space as you can right now, wherever you're listening to this. If you... more
In this episode we go deep into a wide-ranging dialogue with Caleb Maskell, founder of the Society of Vineyard Scholars and all around nice fella. This conversation dances between reflections on the life of mind, spiritual formation, leading well, creating flourishing environments, cultivating a prophetic and theological imagination, and a whole lot more. This one is worth your time, folks.
Imaginator hosts Matte Downey and Kris MacQueen join Vineyard Pastor and Visual Artist Rik Berry for an engaging, thoughtful and delightfully odd conversation about the Wild Goose (Holy Spirit). Come Holy Spirit... We're game for the chase.
There is beauty in this world that's so stunning there is pain in the beholding of it. Beauty that makes my eyes leak and my knees quiver. More often than not this beauty is clutched and shaped in the fire of suffering.
A few kilometres south of where we live is a region of rolling hills and (mostly) sleepy rivers, marshes and lakes. It's hard to imagine that... more
We're getting pretty excited about gathering together in Montreal this July for Portage, our national gathering. Here's a snapshot of some of the things we're thinking about:
A somewhat unsanitized discussion about Advent, Christmas, and Jesus coming to us as a screaming, poopy child. What does it mean to celebrate the coming of Christ without the soft-focus that the season sometimes forces on us?
Special thanks to Malcolm Guite for his generous permission to use his poem, "O Rex Gentium" from his "Sounding of The Seasons" collection of sonnets, and to Scott Buckley for... more
Advent is the beginning of the Christian Calendar and introduces us to the Season of Light. We can easily forget that Jesus came to a disenfranchised people, a politically powerless people who had known little but exile and occupation for generations.
Far from being a season of glitz and warm fuzzies, advent reminds us that Christ came into darkness and brought light with him. He came into a... more
Oh man, was this ever a lively conversation (seasoned with a touch of salt) with storyteller extraordinaire, Tom Vogel.
Tom has been enrapturing listeners for most of his life and brings his considerable wit and wisdom into the room as we look at storytelling as human vocation, ponder the distinctions between being historians and storytellers, and more. You won't believe Tom's shocking communion revelation!
We had a blast.
Whatʼs at stake in your art? How important is your imagination? Whatʼs on the line when you put paint to canvas or put pen to paper? When you pick up an instrument or project images on a screen or engage in whatever other creative discipline you use to bring your imagination to life, whatʼs at stake?
How important is the work of imagination, really? What are the consequences of quitting? If you lay... more
Mark your calendars. November 2-4, 2017 Vineyard Creative is hosting its first Imaginarium gathering in Cambridge Ontario. What in the world is an imaginarium you ask?
Here's how Wikipedia defines it:
"An imaginarium refers to a place devoted to the imagination. There are various types of imaginaria, centers largely devoted to stimulating and cultivating the imagination, towards scientific... more
This conversation with professional Montreal dancer Janelle Hacault was so much fun, challenging, and very moving (literally) for hosts Matte and Kris. Conclusion: the body matters. Our body is where joy is expressed and pain is worked through. There's a reason why Jesus has one and a reason why Scripture is so purposeful in applying the body metaphor to the Church.