Library Blog

Advent: “Learning to see what is beautiful”

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 John reflects on the word “glory” extensively in his gospel. In fact, glory is one the key words around which John builds his… Read More →

Advent: “The peaceful fruit of obedience”

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38 Mary and Joseph both demonstrated faithfulness, courage and obedience. In the strength of God, they played their part in the fulfillment of God’s plan of salvation. Their marriage was pre-arranged by their parents, and… Read More →

Advent: “Immanuel: (not always) good news”

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7 Christmas is coming, and the excitement is building. This is a time of year when people are a bit nicer to each other—a little more cheerful even. This is the time of year… Read More →

Advent: “Hope for Those Caught in the Middle”

“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).” Matthew 1 The Christian year begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas day with a four-week period of expectation. This is a time to… Read More →

When Things Don’t Go Your Way

I had one of those mornings today. My first bus was late, so I decided to take a different bus that came around the same time and which would drop me off at one of my favourite coffee shops. From there, I should have had a mere 10 minute wait for the bus that would… Read More →

Life is Like a Tiny Library

Within the space of a week the college community has said farewell to two alumni who are moving eastward. This week we also learned of another deeply involved student who will return to her Ontario home. With homage to Gordon Lightfoot[1], as small colleges go Pacific Life is bigger than most. Normally, the bigger a… Read More →

Planning to Learn through Book Learnin’

When you read books, you learn. Usually. Last night I read a chapter on the Caroline Divines in Bishop JRH Moorman’s A History of the Church in England. I noticed myself drinking in the information, firing on all pistons as I read and learned about these churchmen of the 17th century. Then I laid the… Read More →


What to write in an inaugural theological library blog? One might muse about books and theologians, or the role of libraries supporting theological education – which is, after all, the theological library’s reason for existing. Any of that would be appropriate, but I want to get more primeval here. In the beginning, God laid hold on the elements… Read More →