Colin Chan Redemer

Colin Chan Redemer is a lecturer at Saint Mary’s College of California and an InterVarsity chaplain in the Bay Area. His writing has appeared in the Englewood Review of BooksEvansville ReviewMarooned​, and​ the Tampa Review​. He holds an MFA and is a candidate for an MDiv, expected in 2017​​. ​He ​lives in community with his beautiful wife​, kids,​ and fellow members of New Hope Covenant Church, in Oakland, Calif.

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Needed: Peter Clavers for the Long Work of Justice

by Colin Chan Redemer 09-09-2016

The Church of St. Peter Claver in Cartagena, Colombia. Image via /Shutterstock.com

While the other Jesuits ministered to slaves and freedmen, Peter couldn’t take his mind off of the port and the bodies, both living and dead, that he had seen. He was given leave to focus his life’s work on welcoming these ships, doing acts of mercy for the living, and doing what was left to be done for the dead.

On Being Hunted by the Gospel

by Colin Chan Redemer 04-25-2016

Image via  / Shutterstock.com

I love Saint Mark. I truly do. But if the apostles were in a line-up and we threw Mark in there with them, I wouldn’t be able to tell him from second Judas. Frankly I wouldn’t be able to identify half of them. At this point, some folks have likely paused to Google, “there were two Judases!?"

Why I Named My Daughter After an Executed Slave

by Colin Chan Redemer 03-07-2016

Image via A.Currell/Flickr.com

When first married, my wife and I joined a PC(USA) church, partially out of our commitment to male-female equality. So at our new members’ class when we were asked, in a darker-timeline version of a mixer, to try and name the apostles from memory, the table my wife and I were at came up with twenty apostles (not quite what the leader had in mind). The Twelve, plus Matthias, Paul, Barnabas, Silas, Timothy, Apollos, Andronicus, and of course — not to leave out my wife’s favorite — Junia.

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