How To: Wield Your Shield Of Faith
I was in church a couple weeks ago with a friend of mine who has a background in first century military history and the topic of the shield of faith came up. What he told me woke me right up, and blew my mind. I'm sorry if that sounds like click-bait, but it's 100% true.Read more
Sex-Ed and Our Kids
It's September, and school has already started in most parts of the province. Once again, Ontario parents find themselves talking about fretting over or outright protesting the new Health and Physical Education curriculum. Sorry: "The SEX-ED curriculum".Read more
Jesse Rau, Kim Davis, and The King’s Shilling.
There's an old saying: "If you take the King's Shilling, you do the King's bidding." Essentially, if you work for the king, if he pays your salary, you do what he says.
5 Things I’m Learning About Fatherhood.
I've been a dad for a while now. "A while", of course, is a relative term. My daughter was born four years ago, my oldest son turns two this fall and we just added another son a little over a month ago. So to some who's parenting experience stretches into the decades and involves dating, puberty and perhaps even marriage and grand kids, I haven't been a dad very long. Most of you, though, according to my demographics at least, are a tad younger than I am, and probably aren't parents yet. So with that in mind I wanted to share some of the things I've learned in my "while" of parenting.Read more
How Ashley Madison Exposes Us All
Hey! Did you hear about the famous Christian reality TV star who had a paid account on Ashley Madison? Or perhaps the recently viral Christian YouTube star who was also caught with an account.Read more
Progress Not Perfection
Despite what some people may tell you, the Christian life is not a study in black and white. You don't go from not being a Christian to being an awesome Christian who's done learning, done growing, and done being conformed to the image of Christ as soon as you're converted.Read more
An Open Letter To My American Brothers
It's been about a week now since your Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. Up here in Canada, we've let people of the same gender tie the knot for a little over a decade. Allow me to humbly on this, the eve of your Independence Day, welcome you to this new cultural zeitgeist and offer a little bit of criticism/encouragement.Read more
Would You Call Me ‘Brother’ If I Was Alive?
How much theology do you have to get right to be a Christian? How much of your doctrine has to be correct for you to be "in the Kingdom"?Read more
Why I Don’t Watch Porn.
It's an interesting time to be a 30-something male in North America. Not a whole lot is expected of us by the world around us. Many men my age have not been married for six years and don't have three kids.Read more
The Charleston Shooting And God’s Tolerance Of Evil.
Why would an omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God allow an armed man to walk in to a Wednesday night prayer meeting, sit there for an hour and then start opening fire? Honestly, if there's any group of people who's backs God should have, it's got to be Christians meeting to pray right?Read more
How To: Church Shopping
Recently, my family and I moved back to the Niagara Region in Ontario. Among other things, this means that I can go back to Starbucks, 24 hour grocery stores, and decent pubs. It also means my wife and I have a chance to do something that we don't get to do a lot of: Church Shop.Read more
Reflections on Pastoral Ministry Part 5: The Pain Of Leaving
Up until very recently, I was in pastoral ministry. I pastored a micro-church in the Ottawa Valley. (For the unfamiliar micro churches are essentially the opposite of mega churches. Definitions vary, but generally, churches that have 50 or fewer in weekly attendance can be considered micro.) It was an experience I’ll remember for the rest of my life.Read more