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Heralds not Harbingers

What is wrong with Christianity in North America? Sixteen days ago (when I wrote this) someone walked into a nightclub and shot a whole lot of members of the LGBT community. The outpouring of love and support that came immediately afterwards was refreshing to see, but…

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Catholic Ordination And Ecumenism

I recently had the pleasure to do something I’ve never done, I attended the ordination of an old friend of mine. We met in high school (Catholic,) attended the same youth group (Reformed) with another friend who later became a (Presbyterian) minister. Long time readers will know that I pastored a small, Baptist church in […]

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Fort McMurray Wildfire And God

Alberta is burning. The Fort McMurray wildfire has engulfed a huge area surrounding the city. The fire has destroyed, according to reports, about 2,400 homes and other structures, and displaced 90,000 people. It’s a national tragedy the scale of which, at least in terms of size and economic loss if not (thankfully) loss of life, […]

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The Transgendered Target

Dear Right-Wing Christian Brothers and Sisters, Please forgive me, but it’s about time someone calls you out on your nonsense. I’ve tried to stay out of it. I’ve wanted to stay out of it! After all, I’m Canadian, and none of this really applies to me; at least not yet. Besides, what can I add […]

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Climate Change and Christians

I may not be a pastor anymore, but I still primarily work with people. As a result, occasionally I get to hear gems like this: “Man, if climate change worked the other way [and made the world colder] we’d have had this whole thing figured out decades ago!” More than just a funny interaction that made me […]

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Right About Suicide But Wrong About People.

I’ve been thinking and writing a bit on the topic of doctor assisted suicide or euthanasia in Canada lately. I’ve also been waiting for the inevitable evangelical reaction. Not the crazy reaction. that one came out months ago. Alarmists are almost always the first out of the gate. No, I’ve been waiting for the thoughtful, […]

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Pride, Parenting, and Prayer.

“Man, the enemy’s out in full force today, and you’re nowhere to be found!” Prayers can be funny things. You can compose the floweriest, most doctrinally sound, and poetic piece of intercessory prose and God can answer with an emphatic: “NO.” Alternatively, you can yell at your ceiling in sin and God can unilaterally solve […]