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Wayne Holst

Wayne Holst

 Wayne A. Holst was a Lutheran pastor (ELCIC) for 25 years. He taught religion and culture at the University of Calgary for a quarter century and co-ordinates adult spiritual development at St. David’s United Church, Calgary.

Articles Written

  • Canadian churches moving from uniformity to diversity

    Canadian churches moving from uniformity to diversity
    My March Anglican Journal column focused on major “changes” I have observed in many of our churches during the past half-century.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: April, 21 2017
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  • Changes

    Changes

    This spring, I will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of my graduation from theological college, which was a big step in my preparation for ordination into the Christian ministry.

    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: March, 16 2017
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  • Mending wall

    Mending wall

    More than a century ago in 1914, American poet Robert Frost published “Mending Wall,” and I believe its message is as relevant now as it was then. 

    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: February, 15 2017
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  • From souq to shopping mall

    From souq to shopping mall

    We have spent the last three weeks visiting family in Oman, a busy, modern sultanate located on a peninsula, with Saudi Arabia to the west and the Gulf of Oman and Iran to the north. 

    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: January, 06 2017
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  • Worship or entertainment?

    Worship or entertainment?
    As a Christian living in our increasingly secular and pluralistic nation, I am finding it ever more difficult to distinguish between worship and entertainment. 
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: December, 09 2016
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  • What is truth?

    What is truth?
    “Truth? What is that?”—Pilate (John 18:38 New Jerusalem Bible).
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: November, 15 2016
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  • What autumn leaves teach us

    What autumn leaves teach us
    Nature is a wonderful teacher and it offers many valuable spiritual lessons.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: October, 14 2016
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  • The mystery of the child

    The mystery of the child

    Illustration: Sveta Gaintseva/Shutterstock  This past summer offered a special occasion for my partner Marlene and me. We welcomed the arrival, between us, of our eighth grandchild. Her name is Julia Grace. For us, the coming of a grandchild is nothing new, and we love…

    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: September, 12 2016
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  • William Hordern, Canadian theologian

     William Hordern, Canadian theologian
    Few preceded him. He had only several like-minded contemporaries and today, he has many successors.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: August, 17 2016
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  • 'Brief Encounter'

    'Brief Encounter'
    What movies do you enjoy and why? My partner Marlene and I watch a lot of first-run films; but recently we’ve viewed some of the classics.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: July, 18 2016
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  • ‘Look at the birds of the air’

    ‘Look at the birds of the air’
     In his Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 6:26), Jesus advises us to consider that—even as the Creator cares for the birds of the air—we humans can learn from them and trust in God’s compassion for all creation. 
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: June, 16 2016
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  • Armageddon

    Armageddon
    “I looked at the sky,” said a young man as he pointed his iPhone in the direction of a wall of flames, ominously challenging easy escape from  Fort McMurray, Alta. “It was like Armageddon.”
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: May, 16 2016
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  • Pope Francis joins the human quest

    Pope Francis joins the human quest

    Modernity has not been kind to those upholding the truth of the gospel as well as the authority and unity of the church. 

    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: April, 15 2016
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  • On becoming less self-absorbed

    On becoming less self-absorbed
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a recent interview on American TV that he wishes the United States “paid somewhat more attention to the world.”
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: April, 04 2016
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  • A shared Lenten experience

    A shared Lenten experience
    As part of my Lenten journey this year, I engaged in the rewarding practice of listening to several CDs from my treasured box of sacred choral music produced by the choir of King’s College Cambridge.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: February, 16 2016
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  • Herbert O’Driscoll, the storyteller

    Herbert O’Driscoll, the storyteller

    Herb is one of my mentors because he is living proof of lifelong service.

    We have been friends for about 35 years, and what I want to share here is a reminder of an active life well lived. What I convey comes from two main sources—his formal spiritual writings, engaged preaching and teaching, and many rich, informal exchanges between us.

    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: January, 18 2016
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  • From darkness to light

    From darkness to light
    Recently I reflected on darkness and light—a major Advent theme—while my wife and I, like many Canadians, were engaged in our annual yuletide home decoration. The winter equinox approaches when daylight is shortest and darkness is greatest.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: December, 11 2015
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  • Modern life in a global village

    Modern life in a global village

      Near the end of a recent two-week tour of the Holy Land, we 29 Canadian pilgrims from British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan spent quality time in the eternal city of Jerusalem. Sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, we had constant reminders that this place…

    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: November, 17 2015
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  • Meditation on seasonal cycles

    Meditation on seasonal cycles

    For people in northern climes like Canada, the autumn season has arrived and most of us are transitioning from warm to colder weather. Nature runs in cycles, however, and eventually the frigid blasts will subside as milder spring weather evolves once more into summer delights.

    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: October, 15 2015
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  • ‘Are we still people of compassion?’

    ‘Are we still people of compassion?’
    For weeks, we have been exposed to a human catastrophe that began in nations such as Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan and has spread into most European countries. We have learned, for example, that Germany opened its doors to refugees from these nations and is now struggling to accommodate overwhelming numbers who are attempting to migrate there.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: September, 21 2015
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  • A price is paid for justice and human rights

    A price is paid for justice and human rights
    One woman was permitted to audit a few of our male-dominated seminary classes, which I attended during the mid-60s. We were happy to include her, but all of us assumed that she was just “interested” in the subjects and that she would never be ordained a priest.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: August, 28 2015
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  • What I learned from Fr. René Fumoleau

    What I learned from Fr. René Fumoleau

    These warm July days remind me of a very special northern summer I spent with Catholic Oblate priest René Fumoleau at a strategic time of transition and transformation in my life. 

    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: July, 20 2015
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  • What's next for the churches, after the TRC

    What's next for the churches, after the TRC
    The national attention paid to the publication of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report in the past few weeks represents a tipping point in the way Canada’s First Nations people relate to the rest of us.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: June, 18 2015
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  • Spring cleaning: Good for the soul

    Spring cleaning: Good for the soul
    I write from the land of galloping regime change. You guessed it—from Alberta—where, every generation or two, we elect a new government. My theme, however, does not have to do with politics, but with personal spiritual transformation, which has been occurring alongside our Canadian springtime.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: May, 14 2015
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  • Bunnies and eggs are just the beginning

    Bunnies and eggs are just the beginning
    Ask most anyone to name images of Easter. Chances are they will answer “bunnies” and “eggs.” But before we hasten to caution them with advice like, “Really, Easter is about Jesus risen from the dead and that’s why we celebrate this most important festival of the church year,” it might be wise to do a background check.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: April, 09 2015
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  • Interfaith dialogue close to home

    Interfaith dialogue close to home
    This weekend, I am meeting with two young Muslim friends, Ola and Hana, whom I met first when they were undergrad university students.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: March, 16 2015
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  • A model for intra-faith dialogue

    A model for intra-faith dialogue
    The world seems full of conflict, even warfare, associated with religion today.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: February, 17 2015
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  • Chester Ronning: A model of faith and politics

    Chester Ronning: A model of faith and politics
    Thirty-five years ago, after having migrated to Alberta from points east, I first encountered the name Chester Ronning. 
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: January, 09 2015
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  • A distinct Advent/Christmas message

    A distinct Advent/Christmas message
    Christian religion that aligns itself with societal trends runs the risk of becoming indistinguishable from our culture. William Hordern, a recently deceased Canadian theologian and a mentor of mine would say, “It fails to tell the world something the world is not already telling itself.” 
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: December, 12 2014
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  • Jesus through a Muslim lens

    Jesus through a Muslim lens
    How credible is a book about the historical Jesus written by a Muslim? About as credible as many Christian titles when one considers the wide range of what is available today. 
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: December, 04 2014
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  • An emerging new sense of Canadian identity

     An emerging new sense of Canadian identity
    This country’s First Nations people provide all of us with a foundation to help define what it means to be Canadian today. I have only gradually come to appreciate this, and invite you to join me in my discovery.
    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: November, 18 2014
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  • Living in a post-denominational reality

    Living in a post-denominational reality

    I would like to thank the Anglican Journal  editor for giving me the opportunity to write this monthly column and for the latitude she is allowing me in terms of title, theme and content. 

    By Wayne Holst
    Posted: November, 04 2014
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