Syrian Refugees And A Christian Response.
Recently, the first plane of Syrian refugees arrived in Canada. It landed in Toronto at Pearson International Airport. More will be coming; some will land in Toronto and some in Montreal. In all, the Canadian Government has committed to taking in 25,000 in the coming months, most of whom will likely land in the GTA/Southern Ontario region and the greater Montreal area. As a result of this there is a national discussion happening around safety, security, racism, religious tolerance, and whether it's "Canada's job" to take in Syrian refugees.Read more
Church Rental, Girl Guides, and The Cookie Cut.
I had a conversation with a family member recently, she was talking about the difficulty she was having finding a new rental home for her Girl Guide troop. The problem she was having was that some of the churches she was approaching were asking so much money that the troop couldn't afford to rent any of them. One church even asked for a cut of the Girl Guide cookie money.Read more
Rainbow Doritos and The Forgotten Verse.
Pastors have a 2000 year old job description. In all those years, what we do hasn't changed in any substantial way. Sure, methods and models change, but the overall qualifications haven't been touched in all that time. The reason for that? They're in the Bible. 1 Timothy 3:1-8 lays it all out pretty clearly, here's the tl;dr versionRead more
Millennials, The Church, And You.
A post came across my timeline the other day, then a friend sent it to me and asked my opinion. I must admit, when I read this post about 5 trends millennial Christians need to stop by John Wesley Reid, I was terribly conflicted.Read more
Blinded By The Light
"Watch your eyes." is a common phrase in our home. Most of the time it means I'm awake and turning on the lights in the bedroom. It's a warning to my wife that it's about to get bright in the room and she should cover her eyes until I turn the lights off again. It's a kindness. Something we do for each other. After all, nobody likes it when their eyes are adjusted to the dark and someone turns on a light.Read more
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