Peter Schuurman

Peter Schuurman is a member of the Worship Branch of New Life Christian Reformed Church, Guelph, Ontario, a team that creates and leads the music and preaching for Sunday services in the church. He is an adjunct professor of religion and theology at Redeemer University College.

Articles by this author:

  • Everyday Jesus Spirituality

    Customized Spiritual Disciplines

    One of my students decided to practice a new spiritual discipline: Rather than gazing down at his shoes, he would look up when walking the university halls and greet others walking by. He said this was difficult for him, even at a Christian institution, as he was shy and awkward. But this discipline, he discerned, would shape him to be more like Christ and maybe touch the heart of someone in need of friendly recognition. It’s a small thing, but our spirits are shaped by small things repeated over long periods of time, and he hoped this practice would shape his character for good.

  • When Upside Down is Right-Side Up

    A Five-Week Series on Paradoxy

    Orthodoxy is right belief. Orthopraxy is right action. Paradoxy is a faith riddled with seeming contradictions, and the Christian faith is paradoxy extraordinaire. At the very heart of our faith lies paradox: Death leads to life. In fact, our sacred story is more of a triple paradox: a God who is three in one, who embodies his divinity in humanity, and who dies to bring life.

  • Advent Then and Now

    Who, When, How, Where, and Why
  • Metamorphosis

    Becoming a Christian Character

    What is the goal of the Christian life? For some, the goal is belief itself, followed by entering into the community of such belief: the church. Once they are “in” with God’s chosen people, they feel they have arrived.

  • A Universe of Promise

    Five Services for Advent

    How far and deep does the meaning of Advent go? Christmas can easily become sentimentalized with nativity scenes or mistakenly celebrated as the beginning of an escape to heaven. Our worship planning group tried to bring out a sense of the deep adventure that Advent really is by drawing in the cosmic scope of Christ’s incarnation in the world.